Once on the airplane, I was pleased to see my seat partner was a nice looking man in business attire. I have taken trips in the past where my seat buddy was some stinking teenager who was panicky and half in my seat the whole time! Unfortunately, this business man's traveling companions were wearing some sort of perfume...and I do believe whichever one it was emptied half the bottle onto herself! I couldn't breathe and it cause a mild allergic reaction, swelling around my eyes, runny nose...it was not fun! Interestingly enough, these were investment bankers that happened to have dealings with the insurance company my other half works for! Which I gently pointed out when they were discussing the all the "inside details" of the various insurances they were working with, I'm pretty sure they said things that shouldn't be shared with anyone having anything to do with those companies, but at 6am (or slightly before), it was too early for me to remember what they said, lol. Due to the breathing issue caused by the perfume and the air novel not moving (and therefore blasting into the corner of my eye the whole trip), it was the world's longest 1 hour plane ride!
Denny's! They have a "Build Your Own Grand Slam", which was awesome! I got 2 eggs, 2 regular Bacon, 2 Turkey Bacon, and 2 Sausage links for $5.99! My Mother got the same deal, but her breakfast consisted of an English Muffin, 2 Whole Wheat pancakes (that were gigantic), and 4 slices of Bacon. I was barely able to finish my meat-fest, while my Mother only ate the Bacon, English muffin, and a few bites of pancake. After breakfast, we went and got the kids up (who were still sleeping at the hotel) and ready for a day of play! On a side note, for the price at Denny's, it's even a better deal than what we were getting at Perkins...and no hassle from the Manager/wait staff about not getting the darned carbs (we had issues last time and haven't been back since...)!
We arrived at OMSI just as they opened at 9:30 for a fun day of play! The Narnia exhibit was pretty cool, it's lots of the props from the movies, including both the wardrobe and the huge wooden frame that is the Narnian side to the wardrobe! They didn't allow any photography though, so I obeyed and left the cell phone in my pocket, lol. It was really interesting, for the adults in the group, but it left a lot for the kids I think...the only thing even remotely interactive in this exhibit was an ice wall to make hand prints on. I think it was Liquid Nitrogen...it was super cold to the touch! After putting palm to wall, if you stepped back and watched, your hand print went from totally invisible to shining right out at you!
We eventually made it to the Turbine room! An entire wing of the museum with things like water & air pressurized bottle rockets, steam engines, Tesla coils, and all sorts of other fun stuff to play with and experience! Everyone (under 4 feet tall) tried out the Space Shuttle recovery cone, that's a hard way to sit! There was a lot of space and Astronaut stuff to look at this trip! I guess they are getting all the displays out now since the last US space shuttle is launching on July 8th this year and then there will be no more US space program...no more NASA as we know it.
We spent nearly 4 hours exploring OMSI this trip! And, we ended our fun day there with a visit to the photo booth! At $5 for two strips of photos, it was the cheapest souvenir I could find there and I looked! This is probably the last year I can cram into a photo booth with the three boys! Besides the fact that there will be more kid(s) come this fall, it was an extremely tight fit to get in there, the two younger boys were sitting on me to be able to fit in, lol. Now to find a "photo booth picture frame"! It is on my to-do list... I can't decide which one of the photos is my favorite!
|Waiting for me to rejoin him!|
|Trepidations on the swing still.|
|Awaiting luggage plane-side!|