Field Trip, Part Two

by Caroline on March 11, 2012

The school field trip was officially over, but I had other plans. After we left the Idaho State Capitol Building, we headed to Julia Davis Park. It was in the 50’s, so we found a picnic table and broke out the picnic lunch. After they were done eating, Bubbles and M-bug joined a classmate who also happened to come to the park in feeding the geese. Auntie M and I got chased away from our picnic table by a spider.  Aaaak!

Back in October I had purchased admission for four to the Idaho State Historical Museum through one of Amazon’s local deals. Since it was close to the expiration date, I thought this would be the perfect time to use it. I was a bit worried about carting around two little girls who’d already had a whole morning of walking around and looking at things and trying to be quiet, but I hoped that the lure of a “no schoolwork” day would help.

Bubbles riding in a dugout canoe with Lewis (or Clark) at ID State Historical Museum

Bubbles riding in a dugout canoe with Lewis (or Clark) at ID State Historical Museum

The museum is full of interesting exhibits about Idaho’s Native American Indian tribes, mining heritage, and early government. Bubbles was particularly interested in seeing the fragments of the bomb that assasinated Idaho’s fourth governor, Frank Steunenberg, since our guide at the Capitol Building showed us his statue on the grounds earlier in the morning.

The museum’s upstairs has a lot of information about Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Ocean, and what they found in Idaho when they came through. The girls both enjoyed trying to “load” a miniature dugout canoe with blocks (luggage) without tipping it over.

M-bug next to the dugout canoe at the ID State Historical Museum

M-bug next to the dugout canoe at the ID State Historical Museum

There is also a small mock-up of a dugout canoe for kids to get in. Bubbles thought it was fun, but M-bug was a bit spooked by the wooden Meriwether Lewis (or was it William Clark?) figure, and wouldn’t get in. Something about his eyes was scary, she said. She was happy to pose next to the dog, though, as she’s happy to do just about anything relating to animals, even wooden ones.

Also upstairs is a nice exhibit about what early settlers would have had in their kitchens and homes, as well as a large section devoted to saddles, their making, and women’s riding habit of the day.  The girls and Auntie M had fun trying out the different styles of saddles.

Sitting on saddles at the Idaho State Historical museum

Going for a test drive at the ID State Historical museum

By this time we were all tired, and after a quick trip through the outdoor Pioneer Town beside the museum, we headed for home. It was a pretty quiet ride, which was fine with me. The girls were really good all day. I can’t imagine how hard it must be, when you have ADHD, to know you have to try to be still and quiet for hours on end, but they hung in there.

All in all, we had a really good day. It was nice to have a break from the girls’ regular schoolwork to see some of these historical places.  It makes you realize that while you are your own person, with your own dreams and goals, that you’re also a part of something much larger.  We’re all connected in some way, and it’s nice to be reminded of that once in awhile.

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Karen. March 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

What a fantastic double field trip! And isn’t it lovely how the kids (yours and mine both) have a fantastic aunt to do things with?!

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Caroline April 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

For sure! Hooray for aunts!

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