Truthfully, the best things ever would clearly be dinosaurs and bacon. But if I said that, it wouldn't be a very good segway into the story I'm about to tell you where I went to a museum that had exhibits about dinosaurs and chocolate, so just bear with me on this one, okee dokee? It did include me eating chocolate covered bacon, so there's no denying it was the best day ever.
Robyn and I went to the Natural History Museum of Utah on Saturday with my brother and his wife. We all know that natural history includes a number of branches of history. But my brain automatically translates the words "natural history museum" into "dinosaur museum". So clearly I was there for the dinosaurs. But there is a temporary exhibit about chocolate as well.
First, let's talk dinosaurs.
I've been a dinosaur nerd since I was like 3 years old. The only reason I even consented to attend Kindergarten was because my mom said that if I went to school I would be able to read the dinosaur book by myself. (Side note: I was very angry at the end of my first day when they didn't even try to teach me how to read the dinosaur book. But the good news is that I have read many dinosaur books since then.)
Despite my nerdiness about dinosaurs, it turns out there was an awesome dinosaur that was native to Utah that I didn't even know about. How embarrassing is that?
Let me introduce you to diabloceratops.
Diabloceratops was super popular with the ladies. He was captain of the football team and most importantly, he was native to Utah. (Note: the part about being native to Utah is true. The rest of this paragraph is purely speculative.)
|This is what diabloceratops looked like when he was getting ready to build a nest in my backyard.|
Plus, he was pretty cool because he agreed to pose for this picture with me.
|Diabloceratops and I were both disappointed that we were photobombed by other lesser ceratops individuals.|
|Zack and I were discussing how much of a deterrent the stegosaurus ridged back would be against predators. Robyn snapped a pic of our nerdiness.|
|It turns out alligators have been around for 76 million years. But they were even more ginormous back then.|
|Bears have been around a long time too. But back then they walked around like zombies, and so did Zack and I.|
|In case you were wondering, tyrannosaurs had bigger feet than Robyn. Do you think tyrannosaurs liked shoes as much as she does?|
|Zack and I are pottery masters|
The last exhibit was the chocolate exhibit. There were two parts. There was the exhibit itself, which gave some history about chocolate. Then they had also invited local chocolate makers to set up booths and give out samples of their chocolate. I can't remember who gave me chocolate covered bacon, but it was surprisingly delicious. The other best thing was fudge from The Chocolate Covered Wagon. (You probably don't care, but I'm writing it down so that I can come back and remember where I need to buy that fudge when my heart begins to yearn for it.)
Without further ado, let's talk about the chocolate exhibit.
|We got to see what a chocolate tree looks like. Look at those ginormous cacao pods.|