Okay, now that it's November 12, I can feel free to hate on the veterans in public again.
I don't much care for you
First I tried to go to the library to check out a museum pass, but they were closed for Veterans' Day, even though it seems like a holiday upon which they could really capitalize by having a huge display of recommended veterans reading, and maybe Soldier Story Time for the kids, and hell, a big party with books and cake to celebrate the learning.
Luckily, Janeowit's library observed Veterans' Day on Friday, so they were open. There was a committee meeting involved in deciding whether or not she should be allowed to have a pass because her old one wasn't checked in yet, because, wait for it... they were closed for Veterans' Day and things that should have been checked in on Friday were not. After all the heated discussion, the votes were tallied and she was allowed to check out another pass.
Phew. We get to see history! So we meander over the Sibley House grounds, insomuch as my Honda Civic meanders. We saw a sign for an Historic Monument, so we made a quick diversion, because I am not one to miss out on anything marked with a brown highway sign. It turns out that we had already stopped by this monument once before, but it was nice to revisit the plaque. My poor directional sense then lead us into a Ye Olde cemetary, which was, in retrospect, a good thing. The sitting buck and standing doe in the cemetary were to be the highlight of our excursion.
Having visited Ye Olde dead people, we were off once again to visit the home of Minnesota's first governor. We get to the Sibley site, but observe that no other cars were present. We get out of the car and walk up to the vistitors' center/DuPuis house (incidentally, made from brick from Milwaukee).
For Veterans' Day, presumably. This makes no sense to us. What could possibly be more celebratory of Veterans than learning about history?! Note: the closure of this property means that Historic Fort Snelling was also closed. That makes the least sense of all. If you visited HFS on November 11 and can verify that it was open, please do tell. Anybody? No? No.
So the janeowit (I think her name is 'naners now) and I settled for climbing on history and peering into Ye Olde windows. There was a cat hanging around that will have to battle the deer for Best Exhibit.
Regular Admission: Peering in windows is free all day, every day. I don't recommend doing so after dark, due to Ye Olde no lighting and Ye Olde tresspassing charges.
Overall Grade: D+ The cat saved the day.
Re-visit?: Maybe if they were actually open.