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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Charlotte Transportation Museum

Today we visited the Transportation Museum. We had a slight debacle getting there, it is mostly Google Maps fault that we ended up taking a shortcut to a dead end but when I tried to get us back to the main road and my battery died I had to accept fault for not charging my phone. In the end my parents, who had visited the museum seven years before and with some very vague directions from a little old man, managed to find it on their own without technology.

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My parents are adorable. They are constantly teasing each other, holding hands, or joking around and then sometimes my mom will skip off to do her own thing as my dad watches and smiles. I feel blessed to have grown up in a home where my parents love each other so much and so openly. I am sure that environment when I was growing up lead me to be the confident adult I am today.

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The museum was built on the old sight of the of the largest steam locomotive repair facility in Charlotte. The buildings and the four acres of land were donated and now protected as one of Charlotte’s historic sites. I loved the location. The large sweeping warehouses, old railroad tracks and steel structures are not things I can see all the time.

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My would just love love love this museum. We spent some time tinkering around the gift shop having fun and playing with all the cool stuff they had. Every single thing I saw I thought to myself Baby Lambchop would just LOVE this.

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After the gift shop we headed into the first main warehouse, a warehouse dedicated to housing very old cars. Mom had the wide angle lens on to try at the museum. This is really one of the perfect places to try it out and where the wide angle excels.

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My father was in car heaven here. My dad, just like his dad, loved cars. They loved washing then, waxing them, looking at them, talking about them and working on them. Growing up we had any number of old Cadillac’s and Regal’s. All the men in our family would love this room.

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MY DAD TAKING PHOTOS OF THE CARS AT THE MUSEUM

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GRANDPA WITH ONE OF HIS OLD TIME CARS

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I am not such a huge car fan but being in this room with so many old car timers was pretty cool. In particular I loved the details, getting close with the camera and capturing the art of a different era.

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I got mom and dad to pose behind one of those fantastic old signs with the face cut-outs. Mom is always up for a little bit of wacky fun... dad took a little bit more convincing. I just LOVE the photo. It makes me smile.

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After the cars we headed for the train warehouse. They had so many old locomotives in a round turntable and many others in the arc warehouse surrounding it. This facility used to be where trains were checked to make sure they were up to code, where they were fixed and where major overhauls were accomplished. All in all they employed over 3,000 local workers.

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Grandpa and I used to have long conversations about how far the world had came for him in regards to inventions. The car, the television, the radio, airplanes and how many changes will have come for me by the time I am his age.

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MY GRANDPA AND I

Mom found a very special train all for herself; her very own perfectly purple locomotive. I just love the huge grin on her face.

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It was hot, super hot, that coupled with the fact that mom still isn’t feeling 100% so lead us to take a little break. Mom suggested we take a minute and watch the informative video about the history of the train industry in Charlotte. However the most important part was that this little room had air conditioning. Marvelous, glorious air conditioning!

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After the car and train exhibits we moved onto another building which housed every other type of transportation you can think of. They had hot air balloons, old covered wagons, boats and planes.

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I have to say that my favorite part of this whole place was the wide open buildings. I adore high sweeping ceilings and the light that these buildings provide. One of the warehouses we went into was under construction for another exhibit. Having gone to art school I really enjoyed seeing the building so empty and being prepared for an idea. A tiny replica was created and displayed to show what the final outcome would be.

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As we were walking out I was thinking that Mr. Rogue would have loved all this place. He really enjoys texture, color and degradation of objects and materials. The warehouse walls, the old trains, basically everything here seemed to be something he would love. I always miss him so much when I am way.

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2 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

This was what I wanted to see for J birthday last year! You're right, he would have loved this place! I too enjoyed the old artisan car artifacts!

paul peggy zeus said...

I loved how you photographed all the little details of the cars and trains. Way to get up close and personal. I also enjoyed the "additional" photos of you and grandpa. We all miss him soooo much!

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