This week’s #FridayFieldTrip was a visit to the Clark County Museum. In addition to the expected, old-fashioned dioramas explaining the history of Clark County, NV–from geologic forces to modern times–this is a unique place because of Heritage Street.
What’s Heritage Street? It’s a collection of historic houses and buildings that have been donated, moved to the museum, and then restored. Each home represents an historic period (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s). There’s also an old printing house, complete with presses, a barn, an old train depot, train cars, a caboose, and lots of old farm equipment.
The homes, outfitted with furnishings and personal items representing the given era, are both cool and a little creepy. I couldn’t help but envision those homes that were built in the testing area and then blown up. Those had mannequins, too.
There’s also an old ghost town with a combination of original and replica buildings.
There’s also a half-mile nature trail and a stage with a grassy, tree-shaded area for events, although nothing special was going on while I was there.
It’s worth noting that they change the displays and currently their gearing up for the holidays with lights, wreathes, dreidels, and trees.
And, the staff is incredibly nice.
This week’s #FridayFieldTrip was to the art exhibition, Town and Country from Degas to Picasso at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. This collection is traveling out of the Boston Museum and is a lovely show that contrasts country and city life through art from about 1880 to the 1920s.
It was great spending time with Picasso, Renoir, Degas, and Monet (and lots of others). There’s something about spending time in and near brilliance and genius that makes me happy.
The show is also well curated through the audio program that’s available as part of admission.
So often the Bellagio Art Gallery shows feel like over-priced experiences, but not this time. The local resident admission price of $15 was well worth the experience. And, on the Friday Field Trip afternoon, the place was busy, but not too crowded to enjoy the paintings.
Of course, while at the Bellagio Casino, I also wandered through the Conservatory. Great fall colors in pumpkins and mums, oversized bears and squirrels, the talking tree that remains rather creepy, and lots of other plants and flowers.
This week’s Friday Field Trip was to Frenchman Mountain on the eastern edge of Las Vegas. It’s easy to get to, offers a great view, and, because it BLM land, it’s okay to quarry for trilobite fossils. I got there, enjoyed the view, but didn’t find any trilobites. I did discover a few cool fossils, which after some debate with a geology friend, we believe they’re actually a Cambrian era coral.
I suffered a little slip and fall, scraping my knee pretty good and bruising my hand. It could have been so much worse. The my feet kept going over some slippery rocks and down I went. It’s amazing to me how quickly those things happen.
Anyway, I’ve got a few more fossil sites I plan to visit in the coming weeks. I’ve got this thing about trilobites and I hope to find some more great examples for my collection.