Day 272: Subterranean Life

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I have seen crayfish fight. This is NOT a picture of two crawdaddies fighting. I’m sure but I would bet a bubble gum stick they love each other. Very, very much.

I was pleased to find this tank of fish and crayfish. Not because of their habits–which was fscinating–but because these are eyeless crayfish and eyeless fish (Mexican tetra, I believe).
I work at a cave so I am obligated to nerd-out whenever I see anything related.

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For comparison, these two crayfish were fighting. I laughed at first because the smaller crayfish had unevenly sized pinchers. Upon further inspection I realized the smaller crawdaddy had won the fight and was eating or brandishing his prize.

So much activity in the corner of one little tank.

We moved on because in the Congo room the decorator had anchored functioning Congo drums at child height…and boy were there children.

Day 270: Paying for Parking

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Apparently, I am an epic hillbilly. I have NEVER seen this style of paying for parking. Hence, the photographic evidence. This is my nurse friend, Lola. In addition to living in the “city”, she heals people with her magical nursing powers and breaks people with her equally awesome Roller Derby powers. Lay Em Lola–Look her bitching self up.
This entire parking lot is based on the honor system. In a city. Laughable, I know. You park in a spot with a big spray painted number then roll on over to the huge panel of numbers, find your slot and shove in some money. See Lola, shoving in the dough.

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For those hard to cram dollar bills there is a special tool that you can see attached to the metal wire for pushing the money into the numbered slot. This is fascinating. How would you be able to tell someone hadn’t paid? Insane, but that is city folk for you. There was a bone chilling cold wind blowing so I had to snatch some pictures quickly before we started our walk to the final destination of our December trip. The Newport Aquarium!  I don’t quite know how to explain how exciting this trip was. My husband and I simply love aquariums. Zoos are alright but they are much more weather dependent. I still fondly remember our special trip to Sea World. We love them. I can’t wait to share our pictures and memories from the Newport Aquarium.

Day Eighty: Reptiles are Weird

Snake Neck Turtle

While at the TN Aquarium we saw Snake Neck/Side Neck/Long Neck/Short Neck turtles. Depending on the species they have slightly different names. This little dude pictured above is found in Australia and his glowing signage was given the heading “Long Necks Down Under.”

Hopefully, by now you realize how perverted I am. This is a family establishment so I had to keep my mouth shut, but I kept thinking how phallic this whole exhibit was and how I must just be a weirdo…Until I turned the corner and read this sign:

See, I wasn't lying

I’m not saying that the aquarium did this on purpose, but come on, somebody must be thinking about this fact other than me, right??

I didn’t get pictures of the visitors, but the people watching sport was choice at the aquarium. It was quite busy and all the people from the hills come down the mountain and were in full bloom that day.

A is for Aquariums

Thanks to Tennessee Aquarium

You know how special you feel when someone remembers some unimportant detail about you?

For example, whenever Kit gets back from his latest project (Arizona) we plan on taking a weekend together. You may be thinking that a romantically inclined couple like us already have the whole weekend planned out, but we like to go out and do things together as well. (Yes, there will be plenty of shenanigans too).

I had no idea what fun thing we could do nearby and relatively inexpensively. Kit suggested going to the aquarium and my eyes lit up! It’s not something I get to do very often so I forget how much I love them until the next time I go. This man probably knows my interests better than I do.

Romantic getaway in Tennessee and a walk through a huge aquarium, now that, my friends, is what I call fun!

I have no clue what the difference is between an aquarium and a zoo for me, but I love aquariums and am not crazy about zoos. I dislike fish as pets (sea kittens, my ass) and like them better on my plate, but I love watching the crazy different creatures swim around.

Sea World was amazing! I can’t wait to see all the critters in Chattanooga in a couple of weeks.

Don’t forget to catch up with Moonlit Garden and Befflet’s ‘A’ posts!