House of Sue

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Operation Bandicoot, Day 8, July 17.

Day 7, July 16, was a down day. We spent the day relaxing and socializing with family in and around Crystal Lake, and running some local errands.

Our stop for day 8 was the Field Museum of Natural History, in downtown Chicago. It is one of the more famous natural history museums in North America, and one of the most popular. One of the famous attractions of this museum is Sue, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimens ever discovered.

Other dinosaurs can be found at this museum, including, but not restricted to…

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Eoraptor, one of the earlier dinosaurs.

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Daspletosaurus, a smaller cousin of T-Rex.

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Parasaurolophus, one of the hooting
hadrosaurid
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Stegosaurus, the “roofed” lizard.

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Deinonychus, aptly named “terrible claw.”

There are other types of extinct animals as well, including these:

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I think this is one of the giant ground sloths, that were native to Central and South America.

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I believe this is an Irish elk, which went extinct during the pre-Roman ancient era.

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Some ancient fish and sea faring reptiles from the age of dinosaurs.

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The scariest looking fish I have ever seen!

The museum also has a rebuilt Maori house. These houses are still important in Maori culture, where they serve as both a town hall and community center. It’s customary to remove one’s shoes when entering one of these halls. As such, this was the one point in the day where we didn’t have to keep putting Michael’s shoes back on.

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During our visit, there was a special exhibit on Vikings running, which was great because Caitlin had recently been learning about Norse history in school.

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Michael, Lisa, and Caitlin in front of a restored longboat.

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One of the smaller, skiff-style boats that Vikings used for local traffic and light fishing.

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Norse rune tablet.

This gallery barely scratches the surface of what The Field Museum has to offer. It’s another place that I strongly recommend visiting if you’re ever in the Chicago area. This was our second visit to this place, and I suspect it won’t be our last.

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Caitlin camping it up in front of some mounted narwhal specimens.

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A final look back at Sue the Mighty.

After the museum, we braved our way through Chicago traffic to attend the rehearsal dinner for Lisa’s cousin. Having driven in New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C., I’ve braved some pretty nasty traffic in my time. One thing I can say about Chicago drivers is, well… they are keen to reduce travel time.

Next: Down on the farm


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    Operation Bandicoot, Day 6, July 15, continued.

    Here is a set of photos we managed to nab after vising the Shedd Aquarium. It was a lovely day, and true to Chicago’s reputation, very windy!

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    A view of the Lakeshore Drive skyline.

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    The Sears (Willis) Tower. I don’t care what it’s official name is now. It will always be the Sears Tower to me.

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    Navy Pier, taken from within the Shedd Aquarium.

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    Caitlin and Michael camping it up near the aquarium.

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    Ready for more!

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    Operation Bandicoot, Day 6, July 15.

    Our target for this day was the Shedd Aquarium, which is one of the better aquariums in North America. This was our second visit to this particular place, our first being from a previous trip a few years back. The Shedd is famous for some of it’s more exotic offerings, such as beluga whales, otters, and several types of penguins. They also have a few arapaima, which are favorites of Caitlin.

    All kinds of fish can be seen at the Shedd.

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    They also have different kinds of penguins…

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    …and reptiles.

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    The beluga whales are a very popular and unique attraction at this facility.

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    Here is Caitlin with her favorite type of fish.

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    Some creatures, like the otters and dolphins, refused to hold still long enough for me to take their picture, so this is only a sample of what the Shedd has to offer. I’ve been to several aquariums over the years, and I can honestly say that the this is one of the best. If you’re ever in Chicago, I strongly recommend paying this aquatic zoo a visit.

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