All that to say that with our plans for Saturday changed, we intended to head home, still having lunch at the place we had planned to meet Vee. It was interesting how this museum visit came about. Remember how I said that Comfort Inn had a shuttle that took us to the Loggers' Expo? Well, as we were traveling across town, we happened to look down off the highway and see the helicopter pictured above. Of course we were curious. Wouldn't you be?
We could also glimpse a large building with the title Cole Land Transportation Museum, so we asked the shuttle driver about it. He told us quite a bit about it (for example, the museum was built around a train and tracks which were put into place, then the building was built around the train). He added that if we had the time, the cost was minimal and the museum definitely worth a visit. Well, we had a bit of extra time now, although certainly we were sad about the reason for it. So we planned a stop at the museum for as soon as they opened on Saturday.
It turned out to be an absolutely amazing place, with loads of local history but also many, many vehicles of all types from many eras. Everything from Sno-Cats to hearses to tractor-trailer trucks, fire trucks, farm tractors, convertibles, the aforementioned train and even an entire train station, reassembled inside the museum. We spent well over two hours there and just did not do it justice. We could easily have spent an entire day! I will just show you a few of the things we saw.
|The caboose for the train! The freight car is set up like a little theater where one can go in and watch videos concerning the museum. You can actually go in the caboose and look around. It's quite amazing.|
|Inside the train station. Sorry for the glare. We were taking these with the Kindle.|
|The gum dispenser was original to the station, I believe.|
|Look at all those saws!|
|A nifty old car!|
|This car was especially to use for photo ops. Don't know if you can read the license plate (I think you'll be able to if you double click on the photo), but at the left it says "Horseless Carriage"!|
A fascinating, fascinating place. We will definitely return, hopefully with some of our grandkids who would really enjoy seeing all that this museum has to offer.
On the way home, we did enjoy a delightful late lunch at Cole Farms in Gray. (The photo below shows our grandson Darrin enjoying a meal at Cole Farms in 2012. I think he may have been enjoying the ketchup more than the fries.)