Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day One: Fillmore & Fremont Indian Museum

We just returned from our little family vacation. Since Jenna is off track for a month, we decided to make her learn a few things along the way- which isn't a hard task. We headed south on Thursday, between snow storms, and made our way to the Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore.

This was originally to be the state capital and Capitol of Utah. Only one of the four wings of the building was ever completed and now it is a museum that shows different uses of the building through the years and houses many pioneer-era relics. Some of the uses included a school to combat polygamy, a hotel, a courthouse, and jail. The kids were intrigued by the room that was the jail because the shackles were still chained to the floor.

Aubrey also found chamber pot quite amusing and looked for them in every other pioneer-era place we went.

The top floor is a large open room where the Legislature met for only one full session in 1855. Lydia is trying to open one of the original door knobs to escape!

After making some peanut butter sandwiches in the parking lot, we loaded back up and headed out. We turned East on I-70 and our next stop was the Fremont Indian Museum in Sevier. The slide show has some of the highlights. You can see thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs very easily from the road. We walked/hiked around the area for a little while and looked through the museum.
Some of the favorites: Climbing through the replica of the pit house, using the map to find different petroglyphs on the interpretive trail (and trying to interpret them), grinding corn on the metate (to me it was a molcajete), hiking to the sheep cave, and finding the Indian Blanket pictograph.

It was a fun trip down. The girls were so good and Aubrey was nearly giddy when we arrived in here beloved Richfield! She's only been there one other time- for about 36 hours- but as we drove into town from a direction she'd never been, she started patting the window ledge excitedly.

"I know where we are! I recognize it! MY! HEART! IS! BEATING! SO FAST! IT! MUST! BE! RICHFIELD!


Rhiannon said...

Now THAT is cute! I've never heard of someone being quite so excited to go to Richfield! Well maybe me when I was a kid. That was sort of an adventure.

What are you doing? You look great! :)

Tara said...

You always do such fun things! A month of off-track? Can we REALLY get together this time????

The Gibbys said...

Aubrey, Aubrey, Aubrey.... where does she come up with these things?

jen91 said...

I am glad you had fun, I happy you are home safe, ? is did they learn anything?... or did they make thir escape?

Crystal said...

What a fun family outing! You always discover the coolest things in Utah.


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