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August 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments · San Francisco · By: Casi

Greg and I had more friends in town this past weekend, and had the best time! My favorite part of the weekend was our visit to the CA Academy of Sciences , which we visited on Saturday. It opens at 9:30a.m. and we arrived a little after 10 without any lines. We went straight to the planetarium to get out passes for the 12p.m. show and began our journey. It’s important to get your passes ASAP because the shows fill up quick!

[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancoulter/3831467304/[/flickr] We started off in the aquarium and saw some of the prettiest, craziest, ugliest, biggest, smallest and coolest fish! There are a lot of under water tunnels so you can see the fish from every angle … which kind of freaked me out sometimes! From the aquarium we ran over to the cafe for a quick lunch before the planetarium show. There was all types of different foods, all of which was pretty good! Sandwiches, tacos, chicken, rice, salad, spring rolls, soup, and tons more I didn’t see.

The planetarium was definitely our favorite part! The show was called ‘Fragile Planet’ and was about our Earth and the universe we live in. It really showed us (in the coolest way possible) just how small we really are! It also made me feel very lucky to be apart of this crazy phenomenon we call life!

[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancoulter/3830678015/[/flickr] After the show we visited the Rooftop Garden or the “Living Roof.” It’s pretty fascinating to see how many different flowers, birds, and insects thrive off of this rooftop! We also saw solar panels along the roof which provides the building with 5-10% of its electricity. It was a beautiful day so we got great views of GG park, the Musical Concourse, and the de Young Museum.

[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancoulter/3830687905/[/flickr] Another great exhibit the museum houses is the four story life-like Rain Forest. Get ready to sweat when you get in here because not only does it look and smell like a rain forest, it’s hot and muggy like a rain forest too! Filled with plants, animals, and insects the rain forest was really fun to walk through. The prettiest part were the butterfly’s that flew freely throughout the entire exhibit.

Towards the end of our journey we went through the African Hall where we saw mostly replicas of animals that live in Africa. One of the few live animals in this exhibit were the African Penguins! Yes! Penguins live in Africa too! Crazy hu!

It was a long day of walking through the CA Academy of Sciences. We all had a great time and I can’t wait to go back!

<3Casi

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