We headed out to Petaluma this weekend to visit some beautiful friends. I took a tip from Martha and packed a gift basket of fresh-from-the-homestead treats - homemade Meyer lemon marmalade, bright yellow lemons and eggs so fresh, they were actually still warm!
Here, Little Miss waits with the basket at their front door, ready for the fun to begin.
And this is what the basket looked like next to my new clogs!
Our friends took us down the street to a place we'd never heard of - the Petaluma Wildlife and Natural Science Museum. From the outside, it certainly didn't look like much.
But the closer we got to the entrance, the more interesting things got.
And once inside, we realized we were witness to something very special.
Open just five hours a week to the public, this tiny museum is run by kids from the neighboring high school. (The museum is actually housed in the school districts former bus shop). The majority of the space is filled with taxidermy donated by one local man almost twenty years ago.
There were tons of exotic, live animals there too and the teenagers were happy to bring them out for petting. Like this big guy...
...and this albino python.
There was a huge birthday party going on while we were there and when the host's mother (aka: "Grandma") overheard our kids complaining of hunger, she insisted we help ourselves to their food because it was more than they could eat. So we graciously filled a couple small plates with some bites for the kids and hung out in the corner. All was going well as we continued sailing through a perfect Saturday when all of a sudden the actual host came over to us and rather loudly asked, "Are you eating our birthday party food?!?"
Wow. That was awkward.
On a lighter note, I'll leave you with this view of a moose not often seen by the living man.
Petaluma Wildlife Museum
Open Saturdays, 10 - 3
201 Fair Street