The original plan for our January adventure involved large amounts of salty air (not from the beach, unfortunately, but from Antelope Island) and plenty of outdoors time for all three of us, but the real January adventure ended up involving large amounts of really, really old bones and some pretty delicious gluten-free fare at a downtown Salt Lake bakery due to Mrs. Sleet Storm coming to pay an unexpected visit on the very day we'd planned to go out.
It definitely still beats staying at home watching Jane Austen movies for the millionth time and wondering what to make for dinner, though!
In case you hadn't guessed our location (or are not from Utah), we ended up spending our day adventure at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake, which is known for its full dinosaur skeletons, its floor dedicated to Native American tribes across the U.S., and its focus on the local geography of our lovely state.
I decided that I am undecided when it comes to museums--on the one hand, I feel like I should LOVE museums more than anything since I would consider myself to be somewhat "intellectual" and am definitely a person who loves to learn. On the other hand, because science was never my strong point in school and a lot of science involves "close observation" (also not my strong point) and a lot of museums involve science, I feel like museums can be a little on the dry side for me.
All that undecidedness aside, though, I still thoroughly enjoyed our time at the museum with Matt's parents, and I even learned a thing or two, thankyouverymuch.
Additionally, any trip that ends with a detour to a bakery is a success in my book (especially now that baked treats have been few and far between for me lately), and the gluten-free bakery we stopped at (Sweet Cake Bake Shop, in downtown Salt Lake) was worth every penny.
Quick Info for the Natural History Museum of Utah:
Address: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Wednesday, which is 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost of Admission: $13/adult, $11/young adult, $9/child, children 3 and under = free
Things of Interest: five floors of displays and interactive science-based learning modules about everything from dinosaurs to geology to weather patterns to biology; gift shop; cafe
A great start to our monthly adventures!