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After chores were done on Saturday morning, I wanted to get out of the house.



But we had the HARDEST time deciding where to go.



Jesse suggested Old Town & the Mormon Battalion.



To me, it sounded like kind of a snoozer of a way to spend a Saturday but since none of us had any better ideas, we headed down to Old Town.







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And to my surprise, the Mormon Battalion museum was really really awesome. The presentation, the facilities, and the information was really way more than I expected and we totally enjoyed ourselves.





After the museum tour & presentation, the girls panned for gold:






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They pumped some water the old-fashioned way:





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And got a taste of what life was like before the invention of the washing machine:



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(Later when Mariah was telling Nana all about our adventure, she told her about the washing board and said that they had "washed a board with old clothes", and we laughed and explained that they were using the board to wash the clothes, not the other way around. Lol!)





M&M took turns lifting the bucket out of the well:




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They got comfy in a covered wagon:


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And became honorary members of the battalion & got their pictures taken:



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It was really a lot of fun & very impressive!





From there we walked around Old Town, and imagine my surprise, shock & delight when we ran into these:





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Super gigantic hyndrangea bushes. Really they're more like hydrangea trees. The flowers weren't that photo-worthy, but that's how they have to be to get so many blooms year after year. I couldn't get over how huge they were.




Then Arissa & I toured the Whaley House.




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I was disappointed because I didn't see or feel much of anything exciting. Arissa says she did. It's a creepy place for sure, but I think that's just because it smells ancient in there and it just looks creepy with all the old dusty stuff. I did like the unfinished needle-point sitting on the couch and the knitting needles & yarn in a basket by one of the chairs......I think Mrs. Whaley and I would have gotten along. :o)



It was interesting though, Ghosts aside, just because of the history and all the wonderfully old things inside. Arissa pointed out a sign on one of the tables in the parlor that said August 14th (the day we were there) was the Whaley's wedding anniversary. She thought that was pretty awesome.








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After a full day of history and old stuff, we happily got in our air-conditioned car, went to Souplantation for lots of food we didn't have to grow ourselves, came home and listened to our ipods and watched some good old-fashioned tv. And I did some laundry and was thankful every minute of it that I wasn't born in the time of washboards and covered wagons. I know for sure I would have been a very very bad/cranky pioneer.

But it was fun being "honorary" ones:



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