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July 20 - 24, 2006, we took what we called a “mini-vacation.” We went to the North American Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point and spent some time doing some fun activities in Cache Valley, Utah where we lived until 2003.

North American Museum of Ancient Life

Thursday morning, our first stop was the “Dinosaur Museum” at Thanksgiving Point, which is about 15-20 minutes south and east of our house.

This was our first time at this museum and we felt as if we were the last people to ever visit there. Just about everyone else we knew who had young children had been there and raved about it.


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The landmark water tower at Thanksgiving Point.

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Here we are in the parking lot at Thanksgiving Point before going into the museum.

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The North American Museum of Ancient Life (AKA The “Dinosaur Museum”) at Thanksgiving Point.

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3D dinosaur on the outside of the museum building.

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Christine poses near dinosaur about to be eaten.

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Doran poses near about-to-be-gruesome scene.

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Eli and Christine near a dinosaur puzzle activity.

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Lucy uses a graphite stick to create a rubbing of a fossil impression.

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Doran with a dinosaur head.

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Maya with a dinosaur head.

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Eli with a dinosaur head and Lucy with a dinosaur tail.

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Maya with a spike on her head.

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Lucy sits on a docile dinosaur.

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Eli sits on a docile dinosaur.

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Maya sits on the docile dinosaur.

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Lucy and Eli sit on the amazingly docile dinosaur.

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Lucy plays in the wet sand.

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Maya playing in the wet sand.

Cache Valley

After leaving Thankgiving Point, we headed north to Cache Valley. We checked into our hotel, got some dinner, and went to the Willow Park Zoo. The kids had lots of fun feeding the ducks and collecting bird feathers they found around the park.

We went back to the hotel and went swimming at the hotel pool before heading to bed.

Friday in Cache Valley

Friday morning, we had the continental breakfast provided by the hotel and then went to Aggie Ice Cream at USU. While at USU, we visited the Taggart Student Center and Old Main. While we were at Old Main, we dropped in on Computer Science department head Dr. Don Cooley and chatted with him for a few minutes.

Our next stop was the Cache Valley Fun Park in North Logan. We played some arcade games and the played in their soft play area. Maya and I did ten minutes of laser tag and she kicked my butt.

We had lunch at The Olive Garden in Logan and then went out to a trout farm west of Smithfield to do some fishing.


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Doing some fishing.

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Doing some fishing.

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Christine snaps a picture of Eli at the trout farm.

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Christine asks Eli to show his teeth.

For our evening activity, we went to my sister’s house in Hyrum and they took us out to Hyrum Dam for some boating and water sports.


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Eli on the boat.

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Eli on the boat.

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Eli holding the orange flag.

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My niece Annabelle on a wakeboard.

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My niece Annabelle on a wakeboard.

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Eli poses as Annabelle rides the wakeboard in the background.

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Lucy reluctantly takes a dip in the water off the back of the boat.

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Lucy riding on the boat.

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Riding the weenie!

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Riding the weenie!

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Allison helps Maya try waterskiing.

Saturday

Saturday, we went back to the Cache Valley Fun park to do some bowling before heading back to the Salt Lake Valley.

On our way out of town, we stopped in at the cheese store at Gossner Foods on the west side of Logan. There, we got some shelf-safe milk (as seen in the film Napoleon Dynamite, but that’s not really important.) and cheese. You can get fresh cheese at the Gossner Foods store for around half the cost of buying it at your local supermarket and it quite often tastes better too.