Christmas is over and the road was calling! A snowstorm with lake-effect snow complicated a trip to Chicago, so we turned in the other direction towards Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum. It was a much shorter trip, and we hadn’t seen the museum for a long, long time. The plan was: up at 6:00, off by 6:45, arrive at the museum by 9:30!
The first thought that comes to mind when I say Henry Ford Museum is . . . Ford Cars. But, the museum is so much more than that! When we first walked in the front door, people were lined up at the giant-screened IMAX Theater to see The Hobbit! We already saw that last week, so we headed for the entry to the exhibit halls. Everything from “Made in America” to the “Dymaxion.” Here are pictures that show some of our favorites.
The Allegheny 1941 locomotive is one of the largest steam locomotive ever built and was designed for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.
Two easily recognizable planes from the "Heroes of the Sky" exhibit!
Now for those cars! Here is a collection of my favorites!
The display that I remembered the most from our last visit (25 years ago?) was the camping RV of Charles Lindbergh! It was made a canvas fabric, stretched on a frame and painted with many coats of a water-proof paint. Henry Ford gave it to Lindbergh when he wanted to get away from his hurried life and spend time writing! GEEEE -- have you ever known anyone to want to "get away" from life by going camping before????
(After seeing both Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and his camper, we came home and rented the "Spirit of St. Louis" starring Jimmy Stewart. And, I'm hot to read a book about the famous Lindbergh kidnapping.)
After 5 hours in the museum we figured we had gotten our money's worth, and we headed back to Van Wert, taking the river-road drive along the Maumee river outside of Toledo. I might have preferred heading back to a campsite for the evening, but walking into the house at 5:00 had it's own advantages of easy supper and a movie.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown