We will probably be moving out of this area within the next year or so. Because of that, we've decided to use Skeeter's vacation time to see some places nearby that we've been meaning to see, but just haven't for whatever reason.
We decided last week to take one of those trips. This weekend we went to Jackson, MS. It was an excellent time!
We had heard good things about the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, so it was our first stop. It was smaller than I expected, but the aquarium hall alone is worth the price of admission. We spent more time in that section than in any of the others, and quite possibly more than all of the other sections combined. We didn't realize it while we were making our plans, but the museum is in a beautiful park. If we had known that, we would have planned to play for a bit.
The Davis Planetarium was another of our stops. We had originally intended to see Dinosaurs Alive! We were there early though, and in time to see Icy Worlds and Point of No Return so we decided to see those first. Something in the theatre was giving me allergy fits though, so we collectively decided to skip the dinosaur one. I think Sass was quite disconcerted to see me with eyes that were red from rubbing them so much.
Another of our stops was the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World just outside of Jackson in Pearl, MS. Spyder had found a brochure for it in the hotel. He's an aspiring fisherman, and it was the one thing he begged to see. This did not, however, make me feel less like a redneck for going to see a hunting and fishing store while on vacation. It was a beautiful store though.
But my favorite part of the trip was meeting a friend! Buncha has been an online friend for the past five years (I didn't realize that it has been that long until this weekend!), and even though we don't live terribly far from each other, we've not had the opportunity to meet. I was so glad that she and her family were available! Our children all got along beautifully and the adults had time to socialize as well. In an unusual move, Skeeter agreed that it was his favorite part of the trip as well. Of the two of us, I'm the more outgoing one, so it was good to hear that he enjoyed the meeting just as much as I did.
I hope we'll get the opportunity to visit there again.