Sunday, July 10, 2011


"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around every once in a while, you might miss it."...Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Back from my own three week, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", HOME in CO...not sure where to start, but lots of updates and photos to post.  Take in a museum this summer...our first few days in Denver included a trip, with my folks and daughter, to a fabulous new exhibit (only landing in 10 cities) at the Denver Museum of Natural History:  Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship.  See it, if you get the chance..."organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International, and AEG Exhibitions, Real Pirates examines the rich history of Caribbean trade routes during the 18th century and the link between the slave trade and piracy. You'll encounter compelling true stories of those who lived aboard the Whydah and learn about the forces that shaped their world.

You'll discover the perils and privileges of pirate life as you explore more than 200 artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Whydah -- the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever to be discovered in U.S. waters.

One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was captured on her maiden voyage as a slave ship by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew. After a few alterations and a quick hoist of the Jolly Roger, the Whydah became the flagship of Bellamy's flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coastline.

Then on April 26, 1717, the perfect storm put an end to her pirating days, and the Whydah sank with most of her crew aboard-as well as the bounty from more than 50 captured ships. Almost 300 years later, underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his team managed to locate the wreck of the Whydah and painstakingly unearthed her treasures from the ocean floor."

IF IT SOUNDS LIKE A TRAVEL BROCHURE, IT IS...TAKEN FROM THE Denver Museum of Natural History website.  Check it out and find a city near you, for the upcoming tour.  In the meantime, Jaci had a little fun with her Captain Morgan pose (has anyone else seen that new commercial?!!!!!), a pirate "stiff", and my Mom, before we moved on to the bony dinosaur mayhem and madness division of the museum.
A visit with long lost relatives (my Mom's maiden name was Rhyno); smiling reptilians (the dinosaurs at the museum are outstanding, if you ever get the chance...they have also discovered a new hotbed of mastodon bones in Colorado recently, which I am sure will be added once they are recovered); rediscovering childhood fun with moving, interactive screens and her inner self, Jaci amused herself in the body exhibit.  A fabulous day, all in all, finished off with Mexican food and margaritas.
Take in a ball game this in Vegas, and not being surrounded by sports teams due to betting regulations, it's not something we get to do often.  My sister-in-law, her kids, my son, and I rode the RTD downtown (always a interesting experience), to the game, where we met up with the "not so brave" souls that drove their own cars.  Walk down a dark alley afterwards, to GET to those cars, and take in the sights there!  We did!
Enjoy time with niece, Jessi, had a 24th birthday - we've missed all the other ones by being away.  Wear a princess tiara (or BUY a big, honkin' princess tiara party pinata...fill it with "shooters", if you're 24).  HAVE A DRINK WITH AN UMBRELLA!
Try not to get crushed in the heat!  More to follow...I gained two new "sisters" from Missouri this summer, along with meeting up with the one acquired last summer, from Sterling, CO; traveled the SW again, with my folks, and wound up back here at my computer, with more pictures (and memories) than I know what to do with.  For those that already know that we did the graveyard with my niece at midnight, the orb pictures are outstanding and up next, in a day or so.  Do something out of the norm...

"We've seen everything good.  We've seen the whole city!  We went to a museum, we saw priceless works of art!  We ate pancreas!"...Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Colleen Mcgraw said...

Pirates,princess & pancreas oh my!! Sound like you had one wild vacation girlfriend I never do anything that exiting, can't wait to hear more.

The Primitive Bucket said...

I can't wait for your next trip HOME....we had a blast and will have many more.. I just know it!!! It was truly the high light of my summer and Chris and Angie are officially part of the family now!! Love you sis!!

Jackie said...

Wow, looks like a golly good time! Can't wait for more posts and photos!

Colleen said...

Didn't really understand what that was all about - would rather hear about it in person!

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

Oh my gosh!! I took notes about the Pirates...I will check to see where else it will be. My youngest grandson(5) is Pirate crazy right now.Besides all of the Pirate movies, he sat and watched a show on History channel all about the discovery of Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's ship found off the coast of North Carolina.He turned to his Dad at the end and said "well lets go there and now and see it"
Looks like you had a wonderful trip!! I'm glad you're back and look forward to more pics and posts of your trip.=)

Ronna said...

Funny you talk of pirates! Since my cruise to the Caribbean this May, I have a thing for pirates now! Sounds like that exhibit was fun and interesting. Wish they were here in Vegas. Your other adventures looked like fun as well. Want to hear more so hurry with the rest of it! p.s. Like your title and connection quotes from Ferris Bueller.