A Few Vacation Photos30 December, 2008
As promised, here are some of the photos from our family vacation down to the inlaws in Florida:
Here, from Germany at Epcot, is the ultimate holiday tree. A Gherkinbaum. Though the tradition of the Christmas Pickle (Die Weihnachtsgurke) on the tree is an American invention, the Pickle ornament is definitely German (and my favourite ornament).
We also rode the Test Track ride at Epcot. I thought this (viewable from the waiting line) tickled my fancy. The thought in my head? I always wondered where they came from. And in retrospect, it helps explain the “Abner’s Church of Reason'” pickup truck I saw on the way home.
Another photo from Epcot: a magnificent Little Blue Heron standing on a rock in China. I wonder how much Disney pays him? And does he get the same break times that the costumed characters get?
Birds are non-avian dinosaurs, so this shot fits in nicely. The reproduction is part of a restaurant called T-Rex at Disney Market Place. The exterior is decorated with non-avian dinosaurs at 1:1 scale. The interior was loud, crowded (we did not eat there — way too expensive) and the gift shop was wall to wall kitsch (plus a wide selection of the Carnegie miniatures). I fled.
I know that one of my regular readers is known among her cognoscenti friends as the ‘Broad Ass Sauropod Girl.’ So, Julia, can you tell me what is wrong with this model (1:1 scale) of the pelvic region of an Argentinosaurus? Something I always wonder about when I see something like this is, “If you morons are spending the money, why not do it right?” which may explain why I am in the Government, not a for-profit business.
And one more dinosaur: a beautiful Great Blue Heron posing next to a canal. We saw him (or her?) on a boat ride up to one of the Disney resorts. We did it just for the ride and didn’t really care about the destination.
All of the photos were taken with an ambient temperature of between 70 and 80 degrees. I’m now back in Pennsylvania. Today’s high was 34. It will snow tomorrow. My favourite wine? I wanna go to Florida!!!