We're not dead. Just been working a bit more recently, and had to cut something out. No, not Oddventuring. Just, you know, posting those Oddventures. Still, I've carved a bit of time away today to tell you about a funky little tourist attraction in a funky little tourist town. There is absolutely no reason to go to this place, which is why we did. As usual, you're welcome.
St. Augustine History Museum
The museum is small, pointless, carefully hidden amongst other similar attractions, and free with pretty much any sort of combo ticket you can buy.
It's also a great example of how little you can accomplish when trying to make something out of nothing.
The History Museum starts and ends inside Gator Bob's Trading Post, for added authenticity.
This was the first motorized vehicle to reach St. Augustine, and carried the very first coupons the area had ever seen. Or, it was just something they had lying around. WHO CAN SAY?
Holy crap, a 1000 year old canoe?! I would literally pay a million dollars to see that.
Actual time travel. Now how much would you pay?
When the universe was forged in the crucible of the Big Bang, our mighty race was already 17 years old.
It's a bit too blurry to make out the last word or two of the sign, and I honestly don't remember what it said, but I'm trying to convince myself that it was, "Touch a real Sabretooth!"
It was definitely "Touch a real" something. Prostate?
This is just some crap.
A f**king horse, yo.
Who's the punk now, Mr. Pirate? You're in a sh**ty museum! That's right, hold up that lantern, b**ch!
Florida was not in the Civil War.
The etymology of the word "cracker" in this usage is disputed.
I have nothing bad to say about model trains.
Visit the Old Jail, brought to you by Florida Crackers.
This is, like, the the greatest collection of whatever-kind-of-machines-these-are anywhere.
Gator Bob's, World's Bigist. (Misspelling of "bigotedest" theirs, not mine.)
Oh, settle down, it's just a joke.
The St. Augustine History Museum. They have a model train.
About two and a half years ago (Really? Damn...!) Smisty and I visited Dinosaur World in Plant City, Florida. And we enjoyed it. Since then, however, Dinosaur World has undergone a major expansion. Which is all the excuse we needed to make a return visit.
You don't have to read the original trip report first (back on page 9). In fact, it might even be better to read it after this one, since the new expansion is, basically, a whole new front-end for the park. Or read it in the middle. I'll tell you when.
Oh hell, just do what you want.
Yes, it's a bigger, fancier entrance! Hooray!
Smisty is happy with the new gift shop/entrance.
The price is now $14.95 for adults (up $2.00 from what it was before). Not bad, considering.
New dinosaurs that aren't ridiculous colors!
And what's this? An indoor thing? (Good, because it totally rained on us the whole time we were there.)
Oh, I'll just bet.
Actually, the museum is pretty cool. Big, too. It could use a few stand alone displays, just for verity. Instead, pretty much everything is in these wall cases.
Megalodon reeth. (No, that's not a misspelling, but a hilarious in-joke that will make sense to you only later.)
I'm just showing you stuff from the cool animals.
Wait, they grew new what?
(See? I told you!)
These would be the realistic animatronic dinosaurs. Please do not show this photo to some small children.
This does seem the most likely.
And...the new restrooms are just as awesome as the old ones.
Where to now, Smisty?
I thought T-Rex was bigger. Oh, they're young ones? That's a good trick.
The new Fossil Dig doesn't seem as good. But that's okay, because the old one is still in the back half of the park.
Before you can go in, though, you need to read the rules. Got it? Cool.
This path leads past a couple of new dinos and into the old entrance to what is now the back half of the park.
To the right is the old entrance/gift shop, now closed off. My idea, free for the taking, Dinosaur World: Turn it into a restaurant so you have some kind of food offering. You're welcome.
Now would be a good time to pause, go look at the original trip report, and then come back.
You didn't do it, did you? Oh well, back to the new stuff.
Lots of new playground stuff.
Some dinosaurs evolved to have slides coming off of them, to throw off predators that leapt onto their backs.
Hey...that needs to be cleaned.
Excuse me, sir, which way back to the gift shop?
Inside the gift shop (which is way bigger than the old one, by the way), you can find this stuffed alligator...
...patches for your jacket (does anyone still do that?)...
...and, um, Godzilla toys.
Still, it's better than this.
We liked Dinosaur World before, and now it's even better. It just feels a bit more...legit.
But not that legit.
Last edited by Electerik on Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:16 am.
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