IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT HOCKEY IN THE TRUE NORTH – TORONTO , CANADA . VISITING THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM .

You  had  a  really  good  time  at  the  Blue  Jays  baseball  game  last  night .

You  loved  the  antics  of  the  team  mascot ,  somebody  dressed  up  in  a  blue bird outfit .

His  name  is  Ace, you  found  out .

Your  grandparents  even  got  to  see  a  home run  by  one  of  their  favorite  Blue  Jays  players.

For  all  that  screaming  and  yelling  that  your  cousins  and  grandparents  were doing  at  the  game ,  it  sure  didn’t  help .

The  home team  lost .

You  and  your  brother  were  so  glad  that  you  didn’t  have  to  bail  out  any  of  your  relatives  out  of  jail  for  inciting  a  riot  at the  baseball  game .

That  would  have  really  ruined  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Toronto .

It’s  yours  and  your  brother’s  first  time  in  Canada  and  so  far  the  two  of  you  are  having  a  great  time .

Today  while  the  men  are  doing  some  male  bonding  time ,  the  ladies  are  doing  some  female  things .

Manicures ,  pedicures ,  and afternoon  tea  are  on  the  menu .

Just  because  your  cousin  thinks  that  you  need  a  little  culture  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  the  three  of  you  are  going  to  the  largest  museum  in  the  country ,  the  Royal  Ontario  Museum  or  R.  O.  M. for  short .

You  really  aren’t  a  museum  person ,  as all  those  statues ,  pottery ,  paintings ,  and  prehistoric  animals  look  the  same  to  you .

Leave  it  to  your  cousin ,  though ,  to  try  to  make  this  visit  to  the  museum  interesting .

As  you  all  walk  through  the  entrance  that’s  known  as  ”  The  Crystal  ” ,  which  really  doesn’t  look  like  it  should  be  a  part  of  this  museum ,  you  can’t  get  over  how  big  it  is .

“This  place  is  MAD  HUGE , ”  you  say .

It  is ,  after  all ,  the  largest  museum  in  Canada .

The  three  of  you  are  just  on  the  first  floor .

FB_IMG_1491043873035You  all  are  walking  through  the  Natural  History  galleries .

As  if  seeing  all  those  Prehistoric  animals  didn’t  bore  you  enough  ,  your  cousin  suggests  another  area .

”  What  about  seeing  the  Bat  Caves ? ” ,  she  asks .

You  and  your  grandmother ,  for  that  matter ,  have  no  desire  to  see  one  bat ,  let  alone  many  different  types .

You  didn’t  even  know  there  was  more  than  one  species  of  bats .

Seeing  one  of  those  animals  hanging  upside  down  is  more  than  enough  for  you .

You  look  at  the  brochure  of  the  museum  to  see  if  something  really  excites  you .

You  do  see  something .

”  I want  to  see  the  First  Peoples  Gallery ,  ”  you  say .

Your  cousin ,  who  lives  in  Canada ,  agrees .

It’s  her  favorite  part  of  the  museum  as  well .

It’s  the  area  of  the  museum  with  artifacts  of  the  first  inhabitants  of  Canada .

They  were  in  the  country  long  before  the  French  and  British  colonists  ever  arrived .

This  is  more  like  it ,  you  think .

You’re  actually  enjoying  looking  at  these  paintings .

There  were  so  many  galleries  to  see  and  you  had  no  idea  how  the  three  of  you  were  going  to  visit  the  entire  museum .

Your  cousin  has  an  answer  for  that .

You  all  weren’t  even  going  to  try .

She  suggests  coming  another  day  since  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Toronto  has  hardly  begun .

The  next  time ,  though ,  you’re  bringing  the  gentlemen  along .

They  need  to  get  some  culture  also .

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