The City of Roses – Part 1

Ode to the City of Roses – Portland Oregon that is. We took a wonderful trip last Spring to that fine city which graces the shores of northern Oregon, and of course I brought back pictures to share. Our trip was to celebrate my Tessa’s birthday. She has never been much of a city bear, so it was quite a treat showing her around and seeing her reaction. We visited two main attractions while we were there, OMSI and the Oregon Zoo. There is so much to tell you, I figured I would do it in two posts.

I am just a little bear with such a big, big sign!

I am just a little bear with such a big, big sign!

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was established way back in 1944. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium and exhibit halls. We found it to be a fascinating display of hands-on science which was obviously built to foster curiosity and a love of science.

I think Driver figured the planetarium was a great place to catch a nap after our drive up from southern Oregon.

I think Driver figured the planetarium was a great place to catch a nap after our drive up from southern Oregon.

Our first stop was the planetarium show. We settled into our seats and lights went out – I think that’s when Driver decided to catch a nap. The rest of us leaned back in our seats and stared up into the ‘sky’. Then magic happened! The sky filled with stars, and the nice lady on the mic told us all about the constellations we were seeing. It was quite enjoyable, especially for those of us who stayed awake!

Next we went to the Turbine Hall. It was named that because of the large retired steam turbine from the old PGE power plant. That large room contains all sorts of really cool exhibits to check out

The monster settled in the middle of the room just watching all the people wander by.

The turbine – The monster settled in the middle of the room just watching all the people wander by.

Here is a big robot arm that was lots of fun

Here is a big robot arm that was lots of fun

That's Tessa checking out one of the exhibits.

That’s Tessa checking out one of the exhibits.

There was so much to see in that hall, and of course we had to wander around and check out everything. There was air exhibits, holograms, robot arms, an earthquake simulator. The list just went on and on.

Tessa was full of smiles and running around just like a cub, trying and testing and touching everything. There was so much to explore and check out!

Next was the Earth Sciences Hall. They were full of exhibits of type exhibits. My favorite was the Sabertooth Cat. The Sabertooth Cat lived more than 20,000 years ago and was a big predator in its day. They found a skeleton of one at the LaBrea Tar Pits in Los Angeles California. Check this cat out.

This is the Sabertooth Cat exhibit. I would hate to meet those teeth in a dark alley!!

This is the Sabertooth Cat exhibit. I would hate to meet those teeth in a dark alley!!

The OMSI building is a couple stories tall and full of so many different interactive exhibits. I saw a huge ear, a transparent human body and a microbe that you could put your face in for a picture.

That is not even counting the the view outside. The building sits right on the river bank tucked up against one of the biggest bridges in Portland, so the view outside was beautiful as well.

Ohhh, and I almost forgot!! I didn’t go inside because I am just a little bear who tends to get scared in tight spaces, but there is also a submarine parked outside which you can tour through.

It is called the USS Blueback and was purchased by OMSI in 1994. This submarine was actually in the movie “Hunt for Red October” before they towed it to where it is now. The submarine was then added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Even though I didn’t go inside, of course I got a picture for you…so I will leave you with that and get ready for the next blog. I have to tell you all about the critters at the Oregon Zoo. See you then!!

All aboard!! The USS Blueback  :)

All aboard!! The USS Blueback 🙂

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