This Christmas eve I’ll take you on a photographic tour of the many exhibits on display at the very, very impressive California Academy of Sciences, located in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Think of the place as a handy-dandy hybrid of the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo, Sea Life Park and Bishop Museum, all rolled under one roof. Make that one GIANT 2.5 acre roof. In fact, the “green” roof itself is a living ecosystem that sustains a diversity of plants, birds and anthropods, while the living and static displays within truly are an educational and entertaining experience not to be missed.
Because this is Christmas Eve, like you, I’m busy running around today doing stuff, therefore as of yet, I haven’t put detailed captions on each photo in the following picture gallery. However I’ll definitely get to it later this week, time permitting.
In the mean time, if you have any questions about any of the photos I took in the following gallery (144 pics), simply visit the California Academy of Sciences website, where they have an interactive tour of the academy’s various exhibits.
When you get to the part where there are various land animals such as lions, zebras and baboons, that would be the African Hall, part of the Kimball Natural History Museum. They’re 3 dimensional dioramas featuring real mounts of the animals. That same area also has a live Penguin habitat, which of course the keiki were most interested in.
I found the “Carbon Cafe” particularly interesting, educating us on how to reduce our own carbon footprint to help mother earth.
In the final part of the California Academy of Sciences photo gallery below, we check out what’s to grind at the California Academy of Sciences own “Moss Cafe”. After all, this is a food blog, and we need to at least stay somewhat on topic!
Click on any thumbnail and it will bring up a full size lightbox version of that photo. To go forward or back, click on the arrows at the bottom of each photo. Click on the photo and it will close the lightbox pop-up.
This second gallery is a quick look around the Inner Sunset neighborhood adjacent to Golden Gate Park where the Academy of Sciences is located. Plus a few photos of the MUNI and BART transit systems we used to get to this area from our hotel in downtown San Fran’.
Mele Kalikimaka to you and yours.
P.S. Looking over this blog’s visitor stats lately, I’ve noticed there’s a huge spike in hits on a post I did back in December ’09 about our Ribeye Roast Christmas Dinner. Surely Beef Rib Roasts aren’t going to reduce your carbon footprint anytime soon, but they sure tastes GOOD!
I suppose folks are looking for a good recipe, and believe me, that’s a GREAT recipe (courtesy of the Plaza Club, with some tips from Alton Brown). Simple seasonings, and most importantly, the proper cooking method. USE A THERMOMETER! Pull it at 110-120ºF internal temp’ and LET IT REST for at least a half-hour.
Actually, this year we decided to keep things simple and are going to have Lasagna instead (home made from scratch, not the frozen stuff). For pupus, my contribution will be my Uncle Chuck’s Crab & Shiitake Mushroom Sushi Casserole recipe. Works for me.