Museum of Natural History

I took a day off, and we planned and executed a delightful trip to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. We took the New Jersey Transit train from Princeton Junction into Penn Station. Then we took the C train uptown to the museum on 81 st Street. The kids had a blast. They loved riding the trains (subway and transit). Shaan had a window seat so he could see how fast the train was going. The family favourite was the Planetarium.

We departed from Princeton Junction. This was Shaan and Kiran's first train ride. The Accella train blew by at nearly 100mph. I think Shaan was very impressed.

Waiting for the train at Princeton Junction.—Pure Digital Technologies legends | EA6043927076 + Pure Digital Technologies

Shaan had a window seat so he could see how fast the train was travelling.

Shaan had a window seat so he could see how fast the train was travelling.—Pure Digital Technologies legends | EA6043927076 + Pure Digital Technologies

We took the C train uptown from Penn Station. Shaan and Kiran had never ridden on a subway train before. They did not like the roar of the trains and the jerking ride, but they still enjoyed the experience.

81 Street—Pure Digital Technologies legends | EA6043927076 + Pure Digital Technologies

We arrived at the museum after what must have seemed like a very long trip to Shaan and Kiran.

The main attraction.

The kids loved the dinosaur exhibits. In fact, we spent so much time there that we barely had time for the Planetarium, and we did not see the rest of the museum. Another trip is planned for next year.

Dinosaur or bird?—Pure Digital Technologies legends | EA6043927076 + Pure Digital Technologies
Dinosaur or bird feet?—Pure Digital Technologies legends | EA6043927076 + Pure Digital Technologies

Everyone's favourite was the Planetarium, where Tom Hanks told us all about our galaxy and many other galaxies. We experienced the Big Bang and the formation of the galaxy.

Planetarium—Pure Digital Technologies legends | EA6043927076 + Pure Digital Technologies

New Jersey Balloon Festival

It was a hot, humid day...so we decided to spend the day outdoors at the New Jersey Balloon Festival.

This wind would later add a delay to the start of the balloon show.

The kids had a chance to perform a latin number with Dr. Planet.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/4.0, ISO100

Crocodile Floridee?!

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/8.0, ISO100

Tejus and Mohit wrestled the gator away for a photo.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 9.3 mm, f/4.8, ISO100

Kiran got an airbrush tatoo.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/2.8, ISO100

Tejus' tatoo.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/3.4, ISO100

Bhavna and Kiran found a ride they both enjoyed.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/4.8, ISO100

I think Bhavna enjoyed it more than Kiran.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/5.6, ISO100

The rides were fun. The sun was merciless but this is what we came for and it was all worth it.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/4.0, ISO100

They look likely oddly shaped bubbles.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/4.0, ISO100

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This barn was the largest balloon launched ......and it also traveled the shortest distance.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 9.3 mm, f/4.0, ISO100

This was one of the last balloons to take flight.

New Jersey Balloon Festival—Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 21 mm, f/4.0, ISO100

A Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine

Shaan's fascination with "Thomas the Tank Engine" led us on a 2-hour journey to the Strasburg Railroad in Ronks, PA, a trip fueled by his enthusiasm for the beloved train character.

A Day Out with Thomas offers a unique experience for children and fans of Thomas the Tank Engine. This event features a full-sized operating steam locomotive, Thomas the Tank Engine, which takes guests on a 16-minute excursion. There was some disappointment about the duration of the Thomas and Percy rides.

Food and drinks, such as hot dogs, pretzels, and kettle corn, were available during the event, adding to the enjoyment even on a hot day in June. We did have the convenience of ducking into various stores to cool off, making the day pleasant.

Overall, A Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Rail Road offered fun and educational experiences.

80 degrees. Low humidity. 4 hours sleep. Sounds like a "Day out with Thomas" | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 21 mm | 1180 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 100
A Day out with Thomas 2004 | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 10.6 mm | 1140 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 100
A Day out with Thomas 2004 | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 9.3 mm | 1470 sec at f/5.6 | ISO 100
A Day out with Thomas 2004 | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 10.6 mm | 160 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 100
A Day out with Thomas 2004 | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 15.8 mm | 170 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 100
A Day out with Thomas 2004 | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 8.1 mm | 1470 sec at f/6.8 | ISO 100
A Day out with Thomas 2004 | Saturday 19 June, 2004 | Sony CYBERSHOT | 10.6 mm | 160 sec at f/3.4 | ISO 100