~ We come from the land of the ice and snow...has been "the City Hardest Hit By the Awful Winter" and went on to say that "based on cold temperatures and snowfall, Detroit is experiencing the most extreme weather of any city in the country. We've had 6.5 feet of snow so far this winter and 100 days of below-freezing temperatures. That report was based on an index created by National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Mayes Boustead."
Did they say "Awful"?
(By the way, another 6" of the white stuff fell since this article came out)
I'm a four seasons type of guy so I have been enjoying this so-called awful winter, just like I will enjoy spring, summer, and fall as those seasons come up.
I would enjoy winter more if my favorite historical out-door museum, Greenfield Village, would remain open during January, February, and March.
You see, by the 1st of December they close up the Village for daytime visitors and only remain open for their special Christmas Holiday Nights evenings.
Though the adjacent indoor Henry Ford Museum stays open year 'round, Greenfield Village closes its gates after Christmas.
I never quite understood this. I can maybe see not remaining open during weekdays, but how cool would it be to visit on a Saturday or Sunday and be able to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride? Or, during the late winter (and early spring) allowing folks to watch and possibly partake in maple sugaring?
They wouldn't need to open all of their houses as they normally do; they instead could have the two 'main' houses - the 1880's Firestone Farm and 1760's Daggett Farm, which are located on opposite ends of the Village - the only two structures open to the public so the visitors could see wintertime activities in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Behind their Porches and Parlors area (where they also show home life of the past) there is a sort of steep grassy incline that would be perfect for sledding - how many young kids today (besides those who have traditional parents like us) have ever been sledding?
Not many, I'm willing to bet.
And one of the best things is that the visitors would be able to enjoy the historic scenic beauty of wintertime that only Greenfield Village has to offer.
It's activities like this that can make the harsh cold winter that much more bearable.
And it's history to boot!
But, unfortunately, this not to be.
At least for now.
One never knows the changes that lie ahead...right?
So, in the meantime, since visitors are not allowed inside Greenfield Village during the off season, I thought I would try something different to get a few winter shots: I walked along the perimeter brick wall, which is roughly six feet high, and held my camera above it. The great thing about my camera is that the angle of the LCD screen can be adjusted up to 90 degrees face up or face down, allowing me to view my subject clearly while I hold the camera at arms length above my head, in this case enabling me to capture the scenery waiting on the other side of the wall.
Understand, it's only a very small portion of this magnificent open-air museum that I was able to capture on film...er...on my memory card.
So, since it is still winter (even though it's March), I'd like to present the photos I was able to get and present them to you here:
|The original house of Thomas Plympton burned down in the early 1700's, years after his death, and his descendants who were living there at the time rebuilt the home around the original chimney.|
I took this photo of the Adams House during Christmas using a slow shutter speed, so the shadows you see are some of the people strolling by that the shutter could not capture.
Or are they...?
The following photographs are not mine. They were taken by a few of the presenters who work for the Village. They all know my love for this place and have very kindly shared their winter pictures with me, and I appreciate them allowing me to use these wonderful photos in my blog post!
Among the family members living there in the latter half of the 19th century was young Harvey Firestone, the grandson of Peter, who would later gain fame and fortune in the tire industry and became a close friend of Henry Ford.
During the 19th and into the 20th century, the Firestones raised a large flock of sheep, with wool being their 'cash crop,' but they also harvested oats, hay, corn, and wheat.
This isn't the Disney world land where as soon as March comes the sun begins to shine, temperatures head up to 70, and daffodils and apple blossoms suddenly bloom.
I realize this and therefore find myself more tolerable and, dare I say, even enjoying our weather. And this helps me stay in a much better mood than so many of my friends who's tolerance is way low.
This time traveler is prepared for reality...
Have a great day!