Sunday, September 30, 2012

Museum Day

The Smithsonian designated yesterday as "Museum Day":  You could print a free pass for two people to any of several museums in your vicinity.  One pass per email account.  I printed mine for the Bingham/Wagoner estate weeks ago.  Friday I realized I have two email accounts, and printed a pass for the Vaile Mansion, which is also in the city of Independence, Missouri.   
The Bingham/Wagoner tour, however, took a couple of hours, and Cliff was planning on going to a tractor pull yesterday afternoon.  So we agreed that we will do the Vaile Mansion another time, and actually pay admission.  We can probably scrape up ten bucks.  
  None of the chandeliers in any rooms are the same.  They are all set up to use either gas or electricity.

All the fireplaces are different, too.  They were made to burn coal, not wood.  

There are three floors to the mansion, and we had a different guide on each floor.  The older fellow who showed us through the first floor did an excellent job, speaking plainly, and loudly enough that my hearing-impaired husband could hear every word.  The young lady who was in charge on the second floor, however, did not speak up, and had a habit of saying "ummmmm" after every second or third word.  I wish we could have kept the first-floor guide throughout the tour.  

We had a sandwich at Hiboy for our lunch.  I had an Internet coupon for a free sandwich.  Cliff always makes me hand them the coupon; he is embarrassed to use them.  

Then we stopped at the McDonald's on 24 highway on the way home, just because they always make such HUGE ice cream cones.  

Cliff headed off to the tractor pull as soon as we got home, and didn't get home until well after midnight.  He and his brother must have had a good time!


Hyperblogal said...

My two weddings there had the bride and groom on the main stairway with the pastor at the bottom... both were at Christmas.... a tight fit but beautiful...

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I just caught up on your posts. Glad you got out for museum day. I love to go to places like that. From the looks of the pictures you also got some fencing in to keep the cows from the canyon. Hope they'll all be safe now.