Federal Shut Down: a 900 mile snipe hunt.
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Sun, 19 Nov 1995 16:59:28 -0600
I just came back from a 900 mile snipe hunt.
I know I should have realized it before I left for the trip, the U.S. Air
Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio *might* not be open.
I knew about the Federal Shut Down, I knew National Parks were closed, and
I still didn't even consider the U.S.A.F. Museum might be closed. I
thought the Postal Service and Military were exempted from the shutdown.
I -ASSUMED-, incorrectly, the museum would come under the military
umbrella. It didn't even occur to me or any other adults that the museum
would be affected. I should have known better and called Friday.
We left DeKalb, Illinois at 6:30pm on Friday, arrived at our hotel in
Anderson, Indiana at about 1:00am.
On Saturday we let the boys enjoy the pool and spa in the morning,
arriving in Dayton for lunch. We then drove to the United States Air Force
Museum, a trip many boys had been anticipating for several months. The
gates were locked and a big sign said "Museum Closed". Due to the Federal
Shut Down the museum was all locked up.
We did do a brief driving tour of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (all
regular tours had been suspended). It was noteworthy to visit the base
because of the ongoing Bosnian Peace negotiations. But I still had a
group of very disappointed boys to contend with.
We left Dayton for Indianapolis to try to visit the Indianapolis 500
Spoeedway's Hall of Fame Museum. We arrived 5 minutes after they
closed. I asked the boys if there were any other museums they would like
to drive past?
When we arrived in Danville, Illinois for our Saturday night hotel stay,
we treated them to a big buffet dinner and movie. They also had more
pool and spa time. The trip was safe and enjoyable despite the obvious
lack of focus.
It was intended to be a fun trip based on the science theme. (We did
camp earlier in November, and twice in October -outdoors-.) The science
theme didn't hold up very well, but the boys did their level best to acheive
the fun aspect of the trip.
Ironically, we had just completed working on Citizenship in the Nation
last month. They studied how the federal government worked. This weekend
they learned first hand how sometimes the federal government doesn't work.
There's a lesson there.
I promised we'd try the trip again sometime. We don't have any room in
our 1996 program, but I'll let the PLC figure out what they want to do
900 miles of travel, two nights in hotels, several restaurant meals, and
everything we wanted to see was closed. I kind of feel like I did 30 years
ago after experiencing my first snipe hunt. An awfully big build up for
something that never really happened. But just like then, I have to
admit after all was said and done, I still had fun anyway.
YIS, Cliff Golden DeKalb, Illinois
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