Hastings Museum

When I was growing up in Grand Island, Nebraska, every Saturday morning I would wake up and beg my mom to take me to the Hastings Museum. I thought it was the greatest place ever. We have a similar natural history museum here (a bunch of "preserved" animals, rocks, etc.) called Morrill Hall. My kids like it, and we go often, but it doesn't even compare to the reaction that they had to the Hastings Museum when we visited yesterday. We were there for three hours and they were not even close to ready to leave. I was so happy that they loved it as much as I loved it as a child. They have added a lot to it, but some things were just the same as when I was little. They still have the snake in a box where you push the button and the tail rattles. As a person with a snake phobia, this has always been both terrifying and totally enthralling. Adam and I were impressed with the fact that next to all of the birds on display, they had an example that bird's egg. They now have a nature center where you can touch things and look through a microscope, and they have added the Kool Aid museum and a public library branch into the building. Hastings is the place where Kool Aid was created. If you live in Nebraska or are driving through, it is totally worth a stop. And I am now motivated to actually purchase this book that has been in my Amazon cart for a while...

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Camping 2016 (part three)

This should wrap up the camping photos for this year. The last part of the trip was focused on fishing, a visit to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, some hiking, and a drive through what we call, appropriately enough, "the drive through zoo". Thanks for looking through all of my photos, and this year I really am going to print some books out for our family and for Grandma Kathy. We are so happy that Grandma gets to join us on this trip, and I am happy that we didn't let one particularly bad year stop us from continuing our camping tradition. Time to reserve the cabin for next year... 

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X100T at the zoo

A friend in one of my Fuji groups was asking questions about the X100T. I have a long history of using Fuji cameras, and for a period of time after I sold my X-E2, the X100T was my only Fuji. Actually, for a period of time after I sold my Canon 5D3, the X100T was my only camera, period. I found that to be very limiting and frustrating, and was happy to add the Nikon D750 as well as the Fuji X-T1 to my camera collection. And even though I don't reach for my X100T much anymore, I don't have plans to sell it. I am attached to it. It is a very unique, fun to use camera. If I didn't own it already, but owned the remainder of my gear, I am not sure I would buy it. But I would have trouble letting go of it. At one point I almost sold it, and was blessed to become very good friends with the person who almost bought it. Hi Andie! Today I decided to take my X100T out to the zoo with my kids, and see if my feelings have changed towards it. I am still planning to sell my Fuji 23mm, but I could always revisit that decision and sell this camera instead (as they are the same focal length). I came home, uploaded the photos, edited them quickly. I used the Camera Pro Neg Std camera calibration profile, which I pretty much never use. And yeah, no. I still love this little camera and am happy that I didn't sell it. Does it make sense to add it to your camera arsenal if you already have an interchangeable lens Fuji? I guess it depends on what lenses you have. It is nice that it is small. It is a fixed lens, so you don't have to make any decisions there. The only thing that is a huge problem and makes me totally crazy is that you can't set the shutter speed faster than 1/125 when you are using Auto ISO. And I always use Auto ISO with my Fujis. Fuji? Do you hear me? Can you please do a software update and fix this??? I know you can.

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