Gifts for Father's Day are becoming more and more difficult for me to find. We downsized from a four-bedroom castle with a yard to a one-bedroom apartment with a half-garage. Home Depot had been my go-to-gift and saving grace for years, but there are no more "house-honey-do's" in this family! Eating out at a new restaurant has become a "journey to unknown adventures" with our changing epicurean palettes and "maturing" digestive systems (hence, a new eatery is no longer an option)!
Of the interests that we both share is an appreciation for history and classic transportation. A friend told me about the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. Less than an hour from our cozy estate, and a delightful drive through open fields and away from "city" life, we journeyed to the museum to catch a glimpse of what we thought would be a few muscle cars from the 60's. We were met with just a tad more than a "glimpse"...sort of like "wow, awe, bug-eyed and we-can't-see-it-all-in-one visit!" Please check out their website here to get an idea of what I mean.
I was impressed by the impeccable condition of their vehicles, both antiques, as well as, contemporary. They have something for everyone...auto, movie buff, and anything-antique collectors, as well as those who just like to appreciate fond memories of our yesterdays!
I loved the cars, fully knowing that I either couldn't afford any of them, or would have no place to store any of them. The 10x20 garage space that we now have is packed solid with items from our former life of which I could not let go...as in Grandma's dining room furniture, 35 years of Christmas decorations and an array of power tools...just in case we wind up in another castle someday! But I could really appreciate each and every thing that I saw! The Hollywood section even had the Harrier used in both the "True Lies" and more recently, "Avengers" movies!
HOWEVER, since I am "mature" I can appreciate "mature" pieces...even really, really mature pieces. I thought I died and went to heaven within seconds of entering one of three of the Antique Malls. I immediately was overwhelmed with the thought, "I'm never going to get through everything...not with the way that I've been taught to "get through" all of the interesting, beautiful, corny and priceless pieces of history.
It was a wonderful few hours that left me longing for more...I want more...give me more...NOW!!! Sound familiar? I plan to revisit, either with girlfriends or ALONE, in a few months when the crowds are a little more sparse, and I can just putter...like a mature person!
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p.s. - I have recently been binge-watching 11-22-63 on Hulu so I could get current on the series. I love history and time travel...this show has both! And, Volo Auto Museum has a car from the show!