Kenny was on vacation last week so we thought a field trip a little further away would be OK. We have had several recommendations to visit the Adirondack Museum, but 1) it is a little pricey to get in and, 2) it is two hours away. Since we didn’t take an actual vacation we decided our budget (both financial and time budget) could handle it.
It was a beautiful drive. I took way too many pictures of the mountains from the road. 🙂
The kids missed some of it…
We started out a little later than anticipated (about 2 1/2 hours later!) so we had lunch as soon as we arrived. We found a beautiful little picnic spot right beside the museum.
People were a little hungry and grumpy when we arrived but after some food and fresh air they were back to their goofy selves.
Unfortunately, I forgot napkins…
Rubbing your hands on a cube of ice from the cooler works wonders. The kids had fun running around for a few minutes while mom and dad finished eating. Wesley panicked for a moment about ticks but luckily we saw none.
The kids were in love with the museum as soon as they saw the old passenger train to climb on.
Abe was a very sweet big brother and accompanied Sophia inside the train’s engine.
We saw a few cool old cars and lots of wagons and carriages.
(I had a LOT of trouble getting clear pictures inside as no flash was allowed.)
Everyone wanted to see what it would be like to carry buckets of water over their shoulders. (maybe they should have put weights in the buckets so they could see how heavy they were full of water!)
Abe was the best at faking it…
When we got out of the stuffy indoors the girls and John Elijah decided to take a siesta.
They revived quickly and were ready for a trek to the top of the fire tower.
I stayed safely at the bottom with Jesse. Sophia got a little freaked out coming down but, it was Big Brother to the rescue again!
We thought we were pretty much done (I was pretty much done!) when we found another great interactive building about camping in the Adirondacks. Kenny and the kids had a great time playing. 🙂
Kenny tried on snowshoes.
Novella and John Elijah and Wesley did some pretend cooking over a campfire.
A couple of the kids even did a little indoor rock climbing!
Finally, Dad got worn out…
We gave the kids $5 each to choose something from the gift shop. Most of them chose to just keep the money. 😉 Everyone save Jesse climbed onto the giant Adirondack chair to wait for Dad to get the van.
Overall it was quite an enjoyable field trip.
I know you all want the behind the scenes story. 😉 Why did we leave 2 1/2 hours later than we planned? Well… I can’t put a whole lot of blame for that one on anyone except myself. You see, the antique store across the street from us was having a yard sale…
Instead of getting in the van and taking off like we were supposed to we walked over to the yard sale. You know, just to see what they had. We bought a couple of minor things and saw a cool desk. Then we walked back home and drove to the library to return some books. During the drive to the library I began to regret not buying that cool desk (I KNOW. I KNOW. I’M OBSESSED WITH DESKS. It’s a sickness. I’M WORKING ON IT!!) So we hightailed it back to the sale and thank goodness, the desk was still there. You really can’t waffle like that on yard sale finds. You nearly always lose. But it was my lucky day.
See this beauty?
You see this price tag?
No regrets. 🙂
So that delayed our departure a bit. Other frustrations were that by the time we actually got on the road everyone was starving. It cost us ridiculous amounts of money to buy everyone a granola bar at a convenience store!! Sheesh!! And I forgot the diaper bag. Yep. I did. After nearly 14 years with a baby and/or a toddler, I walk off for an all day trip with no diaper bag. And the emergency bag that I keep in the van with extra diapers because I’m smart like that? Abe took it out the week before when he cleaned out the van.
Oh well. The behind the scenes memories are almost as fun to look back on as the museum (except for maybe the granola bars for which I’m not about to admit what I paid!!).