Feb. 24, 2009, Saltillo - the Museum of the Desert
Today, Flat Stanley and I visited the Museum of the Desert in Saltillo.
It is a very large museum, and it is not limited to things found
in the desert. It is really a museum of geology, paleontology,
anthropology, and much more. I think that Flat Stanley learned
many things today. But it must be said that by the end of the
day, he had found himself in trouble several times.
Probably our favorite part of the museum was the exhibit
about dinosaurs. It seems that quite a few dinosaur
skeletons have been found in Mexico. Here are a few photos,
including one photo of Flat Stanley with a skeleton
of a small dinosaur. I think he was breaking some rules
to be so close to the exhibit. I should have disciplined
him then and there... but I let things get out of hand.
After the dinosaur exhibit, we learned some things about
Mexico, and its industry. Mexico has a long history
of mining. In the past, many Mexican towns grew
up around the mining industry. Flat Stanley thought
that it would be fun to be a miner.
I turned my back for just a moment... and what did
I see, Flat Stanley had again climbed into the exhibit.
Here you can see him in a mining car on the left,
and dressed in a miner's suit on the right.
I suppose it's lucky for me that they did not have
a mining suit in his very small size, or he might
have chosen to stay in Mexico and work in
I gave Flat Stanley quite a talking to after this,
and told him that he would need to behave from
now on. Well, this did not work out at all.
He became very upset with me, and threatened
to run away. In fact, in one exhibit about
trains, Flat Stanley tried to hitch a ride on
a boxcar to run away. Luckily, I was able
to easily catch Hobo Flat Stanley,
since the train did not really move.
After we finished the section of the museum
about Mexico's industry, we came to the exhibit
on evolution and biodiversity. This exhibit
showed many animals, from reptiles to mammals.
It would have been interesting if Flat Stanley
had not again acted out.
He found himself in some very dangerous places.
I was able to save him
both times, but the crocodile incident seemed
to shake him up a little. He calmed down
after that. At least for a while...
(I'm pretty sure that "No Tocar" is Spanish
for "Bears love the taste of Flat Stanley.")
The last part of the museum was about the vegetation
in Mexico, and specifically, desert vegetation.
As you can guess, most of the plants that grow
in the desert are from the cactus family.
But there are also plants that are called
succulents (e.g., the aloe vera plant).
I stopped to take a few photos of the various
kinds of cactus - and once again Flat Stanley
found his way into trouble.
Well, it was not easy to extract Flat Stanley from the
cactus. And of course we then had to pull out all of
the cactus spines.
After that, we were both pretty tired, so we finished our day
I hope all is well back in Indiana.
I will write more tomorrow.