What do SUV’s, siblings and giant dinosaurs have in common? They could be elements of the next Jurassic Park franchise film, or hallmarks of a classic American pastime, the Road Trip. Technology has expanded our travel entertainment options since the Slug Bug days. Whether your trip takes you across town or across the country there are new ways to engage with historic sites, roadside oddities and yes, even giant dinosaurs.
I spy with my little eye something… historic. You can find fascinating stories in unexpected places… like the public library. At a recent luncheon with the Columbia Basin School Retirees Association our conversation turned to a woman who claimed she was born at the library. And in fact Moses Lake’s first hospital opened in a converted World War II barracks where the current library now stands. Babies born at the hospital between 1947 and 1955 can also claim they were born in the Adam East Museum and the Washington State Patrol Office.
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center has jumped on the digital bandwagon to explore historic sites in and around Moses Lake. Use the museum’s Pinterest board “Driven by the Past” to plan your next adventure. If you are looking to extend your trip across the state or nation download the Roadside America, Historypin or What Was There mobile apps. These virtual history vehicles integrate maps, user generated pictures, videos and even audio recordings. This summer take #ThrowbackThursday to the next level and on the road.