Yesterday I said that we were off and running. I said that we needed a membership card to get in. I gave a weak hint with the whole bee thing. Now I'm just gonna say true, true, false. True, off we ran picking up grandma on the way just as I said. True, I renewed my membership just like I've done every year since my 24 year old was 10. But, somehow my weak hint became no hint at all once we arrived and realized that the whole reason we were going was.........gone!
Ever since my olders were youngers and my youngers were babies my husband and I have budgeted a family membership to the High Desert Museum into our homeschooling budget.
We charged the camera battery, packed a snack (we'd be grabbing lunch in Bend), stopped for gas, picked up grandma and headed the 50 miles to the museum. After filling out the appropriate form and writing the check we moseyed over to the exhibit hall. Before getting there we had to stop and say "hey" to the bobcat who was looking a bit sleepy, but was awake.
We finally made it to our destination and what do you think we saw? Nothing! I quickly hoofed it back to the front desk to inquire about their obvious mistake. I tried to reason with the nice woman at the counter. "My calendar said March 30th". Don't ask me what I thought she was going to do about it...
We were all quite disappointed but it didn't take us long to get over it. It doesn't matter how many times we've been there, we always love it. And we quickly got into our groove. I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
|everyday there is a live birds of prey talk|
|14 year old screech owl|
|falcon~all of the animals housed at the museum are rescues|
that would not be able to survive in the wild
|throughout the day you stumble on interactive presentations~|
this one was about the large cats
|barbed wire sculpture~the museum is rich with local art|
|early 1900s lumber mill that was reassembled on the museum grounds|
|on scheduled days volunteers come and work it~ it's wonderful to watch|
and there are several hands-on activities
|in the summertime there is a wild horse control round up and several of the |
horses are brought to the museum to live, then auctioned off in the fall.
|ermine? weasel? pine martin? badger? wolverine? mink?|
|"I'm the local school teacher and I've been waiting ever so long for the stage. |
I just happen to have all of my things with me. What is you name"?
So, if you're ever in Central Oregon just give me a heads up. We'll be happy to meet you at the museum and we can give you the grand tour. Just don't ask me to be in charge of the schedule...
* Oh and by the way ~ the bee hint? Well, it was as close as I could come 'on the fly' to a butterfly. ;)