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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Natural History Museum of Utah

When James first mentioned visiting the Natural History Museum to me, I was not terribly enthusiastic about it. But all that happened before I stumbled upon a flier for an exhibit called the Horse! It drew me in immediately, and I didn't even read it before informing James that yes, in fact, we should do the Natural History Museum while I'm here. He took it completely in stride.

Natural History Museum of Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah

The museum itself is gorgeous, with wonderful views of the mountains and architecture designed to resemble a canyon. We headed to the Horse exhibit first, because James is a saint and pretty good about giving in to my demands.

The Horse at the Natural History Museum of Utah
The Horse at the Natural History Museum of Utah

I enjoyed the exhibit so much, I soon forgot my camera in my bag. After so many years working with horses, I was surprised at how much I learned. James knows very little about riding, and I really enjoyed giving him my personal opinions on the different breeds they showcased and pointing out the styles and events I had done in the past. My favorite part of the exhibit described the many different kinds of ways horses are used across the world -- endurance rides in Mongolia, polo in Argentina and England, barrel racing in the United States.

After a healthy hour or two in the Horse exhibit, we headed out for things James would find more interesting: rocks!

Natural History Museum of Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah

To be fair, I also enjoyed this exhibit. Look how pretty they are! Since we had made it to his area of expertise, James enjoyed identifying the different minerals for me and using complicated words to describe their structures. I'm sure my thoughts on the relative value of arabians and warmbloods came at him the same way!

Natural History Museum of Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah

After that we headed for the fossils and dinosaurs, Utah's real claim to fame. We were especially intrigued by the giant sloth, a creature I only recently learned existed. I find the mere concept amusing! Modern sloths have to essentially eat all day or starve -- I wonder how one three or four times their size would manage that task.

We ate lunch in the museum cafe, which I wouldn't enthusiastically recommend or warn against. They had an interesting menu, and we sat outside, but the service wasn't great, and I had the impression that they didn't have enough food. We meant to spend more of the afternoon there, but were sidetracked by a major scheduling error on my part, and so headed home early. We can't wait to go back, though -- I care about horses and James cares about rocks. This visit gave us the opportunity to geek out about both.

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