OMSI & Railroad Museum

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Leader: Jim Northrop

Twenty-three Obsidians and three guests enjoyed this jammed-packed day at the museum. At the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland we marveled at the creations of Veneta-raised artist Nathan Sawaya. The former New York City corporate attorney put to use his childhood talents to replicate the world's most famous art (e.g., the Mona Lisa)—all constructed with LEGO bricks glued together piece by piece. His own artistic creations were also on display. The largest piece was a 20-foot long Tyrannosaurus rex. Next we viewed the big-screen movie “National Parks Adventure,” with scenery of the national parks that you likely would not see on your own. The highlight was a mountain biker bounding down the slick rock at Canyonlands, coming to rest at the edge of a cliff. After lunch we headed to the planetarium to see “Starry Nights Live.” But with the planetarium projector out of commission, we instead saw a laser light show set to 80's rock music—not everyone's cup of tea but an adventure nonetheless. Afterward we walked to the nearby Oregon Rail Heritage Center for a short talk and tour of the giant locomotives including the steam locomotive that pulled the bicentennial Freedom Train in 1975-76. A few bus riders found the time to walk across Portland's newest bridge, the towering “Tillikum Crossing.” On the way home we stopped by Willamette Falls in Oregon City to see the falls at near-peak flow.

Members: Jim Northrop, Judy Adamcyk, Thomas Adamcyk, Ethel Allen, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Paula Beard, Barbara Bruns, Mary Lee Cheadle, Sharon Cutsforth, Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Clara Emlen, Sharon Gadomski, Donna Halker, Janet Jacobsen, Vern Marsonette, Craig Molitor, Don Payne, Judy Phelps, Sam Tracer, Barbara Wallace, Mary Ellen West. Nonmembers: Betsy Huffsmith, Sheila Marsonette, Debra Schwartz.

Our leader, Jim Northrop, thinking with LEGO person in the "The Art of the Brick" OMSI exhibit—photo by Janet Jacobsen
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