Slow Adventures in Slothville

May 17, 2006

Montreal part Duh.

Filed under: Boys, Photography, Slothyness — shhville @ 3:30 pm

Continuing with our story….

Since the alien eating its way through my stomach thwarted our plans to attend church services at the basilica on Sunday morning (just to hear the choir, don't worry, I still think "God" is a big joke, I haven't changed a bit) we decided to drive to the Biodome in our (huge, brand new, plush, swanks) rental car, spend a few hours there and drive home. And here you are – concrete proof that no stomach alien will keep me from being a giant nature geek:

The Biodome is way cool (obvs). The first thing you walk into is the indoor version of the South American rainforest. It's hot and steamy and you have to take some layers off to get comfortable.

NO, that is not what I meant. Suh!

It's hot and steamy like THIS:


The very first cool thing we saw was a capybara. Two, actually. I'd never seen one alive (they have a stuffed one at the Museum of Comparative Zoology here) and it was wild to see them snuffling around with their pointy hair and snubby noses. 


It's the size of a large dog, yet it's a rodent. Much chin-scratching ensued.

A bit further along a bright orange monkey landed on a tree trunk about two feet from my face but was gone again before I could even get my camera to eye level. Little shit. A gigantic catfish cheered me up though.


We then walked through a fish tank tunnel. There were many sturgeon.


Steve snuck up on me with his micro camera. I believe this is a picture of me taking the picture above.


Note that I do not usually use the big screen thing on the back of my camera, but stomach-alien gave me permission to do everything the easy way that day. 


Above the fish were a bunch of little duck feet paddling around. Every once in a while one of them would dive which was such fun to watch from below. Our next stop was to look at them from above.

But they weren't terribly cooperative.  Busy looking at their fake horizon, perhaps.


We watched them and the gulls with them for a while and then smoke started coming out of the ceiling. We decided were all going to die and moved on to the next exhibit….


Which had tidal pools! I really wanted to reach in and the starfish were within reach, but there was a sign that mentioned in an absurdly casual way that a bunch of the stuff in there was poisonous. WhatEV.


I love sea cucumbers even if they do look like giant poop loaves.


And Warrior Steve with the sneakiness again…


Everywhere we went there was a different sort of ecosystem to look at.


And different animals to ogle. Like porcupines!  



And owls!


The penguin tank was our last stop at the Biodome. None of my pictures came out, but Steve got one that shows just how ridiculously close we could get to them.


We then walked across the park to the Insectarium.  When you first walk into it, all you see are panels and panels and panels of impossible insects. How can these things exist on this planet??




At first we thought the whole place was like this but quickly noticed the live exhibits.




And its ideal specimen:


Yes, this spider is as big as my hand and no, I'm not actually touching the glass. As IF.


After the Insectarium we headed on home. Steve drove through the pouring rain like a champ while I dozed and complained about my maladies. And that, my friends, was our trip to Montreal. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and that you all have a lurvely Wednesday. Adieu!!



  1. “The very first cool thing we saw was a capybara”

    My vision is failing, so for a second there I saw “The very first cool thing we saw was a CHUPACABRA!”

    I and got all “FUCKIN’ A! THEY ARE REAL!”

    Comment by The Retropolitan — May 17, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  2. Just switch around the “I” and the “and” in that last sentence.

    Comment by The Retropolitan — May 17, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  3. LMAO @ Retro. Chupacabra!!!

    I had food poisoning yesterday. Through my own dumbass fault, however, not the fault of a negligent restaurant.

    Comment by Julie — May 17, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  4. Oh, I thought I was gonna read Chupacabra, too!

    But, at least you fed my girl crush further, your so adorable!

    Comment by Jamie — May 17, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  5. Yeeehaw! Lookee those pitchuuuursss! Wowsers.

    My fave is the furry spider. I have kind of thing for furry spiders. I like the mental image of duck feet, too.

    Capybaras are weird. I have no idea what a chupacabra is.

    Comment by cybele — May 17, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

  6. If you had ever watched X-files you would!

    It’s a MONSTER.

    What did you eat, Jules?

    Comment by shhville — May 17, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

  7. Ok–Poop Loaves had me spitting coffee out my nose.

    And once again you have proven that you are the cutest changeling on the planet. You never look the same from picture to picture, but you always look adorable!

    So glad you’re feeling better. Thanks for all the photos. 🙂

    Comment by randomaimee — May 17, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

  8. Gaaahh!! Pleease no more spiders!!
    I won’t be able to sleep dammit!!

    Comment by Yoli — May 17, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

  9. Wasn’t that a real sloth in between the porcupine and the owl, or are my hungover eyes deceiving me?

    Comment by shelley — May 17, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

  10. I heart Slothy pictures. Capybara (chupacabra) and porcupines and penguins – cute! Sea cucumbers and poop loaves – interesting! Bugs – EEEEDIGA!!!

    Comment by E-Lo — May 17, 2006 @ 11:55 pm

  11. Chupacabra. The Mexican Goat-Sucker. It has four fangs. (Of course, I know this by heart because my Tivo taped the best X-Files episode of all time, “Bad Blood” and I am watching it right now.)

    I ate teriyaki-marinated pork. Not going to be eating that again any time soon…

    Comment by Julie — May 18, 2006 @ 12:51 am

  12. I soooo have to take Nate there, minus the food poisoning and driving in circles.

    Comment by Inanna — May 18, 2006 @ 2:08 am

  13. Hey sloth! I don’t comment much, but I wanted to say I really enjoyed the last 2 posts! Thanks for a good read!

    Comment by Blodnick — May 18, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  14. I didn’t know porcupines could climb. Did they have signs explaining the animals like the small orange monkey?

    Those bugs are awesome! I’m always amazed by some of the beetles that exist.

    So what kind of car was the “huge, brand new, plush, swanks rental car”? Just wondering.

    Now I want to go to the new Georgia Aquarium more than ever!

    Comment by Seth — May 18, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

  15. That place looks totally cool! I’ve considered taking the family up to Montreal. Other than the French speaking thing, it’s supposed to be a great place. Now I may have to go and take them to see the rainforest.

    Glad you’re pet alien left you alone long enough to enjoy it.

    And I sooooo beleive you were going to go to the Cathedral just to hear the choir. It’s ok, dear. You can come out of the closet. We’ll still love you!

    Comment by Vince — May 18, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

  16. Just looking at beetles makes me tremble.
    Sloths too, but for different reasons.

    Comment by Michael — May 18, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

  17. Aww, thanks Nick. That’s kind.

    Shelley – it’s another porcupine!

    Comment by shhville — May 19, 2006 @ 8:18 pm

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