Getting my geek on.

 

Day 5 of vacation dawned and it was screaming museum.

(Okay, maybe only I heard that. But I’ve found it pays to listen to the voices in my head.)

 

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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium…  a bizarre place.

 

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It was built in 1891 to house a wealthy man’s cabinet of curiosities which had quickly overtaken his house. It was a big house, but hey… he had 175,000 curiosities. Things can get cluttered quickly.

 

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The building itself was a marvel of stone, turrets and arches.

 

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And the first floor was dedicated to specimens.

 

 

No.

Not that kind of specimen.

 

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This kind.

The natural world kind…

 

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(A little bear butt for your viewing pleasure.)

 

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Apparently filthy rich Victorians liked to the travel the world, kill what they saw, then bring it home and stuff it.

 

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And old Fairbanks must have been a taxidermist’s dream.

That’s not to say things didn’t go wrong at times.

 

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And sometimes, horribly wrong.

 

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I’m pretty sure that cat wasn’t grinning during his last seconds on earth.

 

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To say this man was bird obsessed is an understatement.

 

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And while I enjoy a good Black Headed Goatsucker ….

 

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And Common Hoopoe as much as the next girl….

 

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The seemingly endless glass cases filled with dead fine feathered friends began to wear on me.

 

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The Noisy Pitta wasn’t noisy…

 

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And the Jungle Babbler certainly wasn’t babbling.

 

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But I did manage to find some bugs before the scheduled planetarium show.

 

 

And what wonderful bugs they were.

 

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You’re welcome.

 

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26 thoughts on “Getting my geek on.”

  1. The expression on that’s cat face is my favorite thing today. Total “mood”. He’s like: “Oh, yeah. You’re just gonna shoot me, bro? Okay, then.”

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