…by Anura Guruge
I have been visiting the Squam Lake Science Center since at least 2001. Typically we try to go at least once a year – last year being the exception when we didn’t make it up there at all. In the Summer of 2009, Teischan and I used to go for a 75 minute visit one or twice a month, well into October! We had Boston Museum of Science (MoS) membership that gave us free admission, and Deanna had a part-time, bi-weekly, 90 minute, merchandizing gig in Meredith. We would tag along, drop her off in Meredith and go to the Science center. So we know it well.
This Saturday was their annual, ‘New Hampshire’ day — $3 entrance for all NH residents. Bar last year, we typically try and make it for this ‘special’ day. The weather cooperated, partly because we planned to get their around 1pm which is when the clouds were supposed to clear. It was glorious. Sunny and high 60s. It wasn’t too packed, most having left by the time we arrived.
It is always such a pleasant, uplifting experience, especially the walk back through the meadow (other than the time when a Kestral being shown to the guests by a volunteer, flew off his hand and attacked Teischan who was 3 years old at the time and was sitting in a stroller — luckily doing no harm other than scaring all of us).
They now have 3 Bobcats, two males and a female (and no, we will not see any kittens because, alack, they are, for their own reasons, not a breeding facility). They only used to have one. Teischan likes the Bobcats. Once, when there was just one in the enclosure, it came down to the glass and tried to play with the strap of our camera. It was memorable.
We were there when the two Mountain Lion cubs were brought to the center c. 2004 (or 2005). So we have seen them grow. One of them has also ‘played’ with us through the glass on one of our many visits. I am never sure about the black bear exhibit. Something about it. But, overall, a wonderful, always educational experience.