Ian and Kyle doing a Mythbusters experiment. The pen in the middle is a bomb. The experiment seems to involve the bomb blowing up and then… Well, I’m not really sure what happens next.

2012 Cub Scout Advancement

The Pack 384 Cub Scout advancement ceremony was today. Kyle received his Wolf badge and is now officially a Bear scout.

The campfire

The pack gathers before the ceremony

Kyle receives his Wolf badge

Columbus, Ohio

At 2pm on Friday before Memorial Day weekend, we decided on a whim to take a weekend trip down to Columbus, Ohio.

Six foot tall concrete corn cobs: The main reason we drove to Columbus (not really)

Our next stop was the Graeter’s Ice Cream factory, home of some of the best ice cream anywhere

The production room at Graeter’s Ice Cream

Scoops & Chutes, the indoor playground at the Graeter’s factory

Kyle examines an antique ice cream machine

For lunch we stopped at the Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant for some authentic German food.

Our next stop was at COSI. Katra worked here for a time when she lived in Ohio.

This is a gigantic wire model of a human skeleton that is suspended above the atrium

Two against one, but I think Ian may win out of pure enthusiasm

Kyle standing in front of a scale model of COSI that used to be in the office where Katra worked

This was one of the best exhibits in the museum. It is an animated map of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area. You can move the little cloud shapes around to see the paths water flows when it rains in that area, and the magnifying glass shape causes the map underneath to be dynamically zoomed in.

Ian lands on the moon

Our two newest astronauts

Kyle and Ian inside the submarine

Kyle pilots a tiny remote controlled submarine. The screen shows a live feed from a camera built in to the submarine.

Ian watching the remote controlled submarine move around

An actual antique horse carriage, in a very authentic recreation of an old blacksmith shop. Complete with authentic exit sign.

The latest in cooking technology

Probably the only time in Ian’s life when he will do this

Kyle lifts himself with the aid of some pulleys.

78 MPH wind tunnel test

Last we visited the replica of the Santa Maria along the river

Worn out from a busy weekend