Before heading out to Columbus, we took an evening to explore the restaurant options around our hotel. In the process, we discovered that there was an exciting — dare we say, exotic? — destination right around the corner from our home base for the trip. Just seeing the name of the destination on the map was enough to make it an essential stop. It was, in fact, so essential that even after the exhausting trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory, we had no choice but to muster up the energy to walk the two blocks to the…
Central Ohio Fire Museum! WOOOOOO!!!!
Okay, okay, before you decide we’re too dorky to speak to us ever again, hear us out. Item number 72 on the Scavenger Hunt 101 list is a fire engine. Pookie found one right away, but Schnookie was having a tough time finding one. And there were sure to be fire engines galore at the Central Ohio Fire Museum, right? Right!
We had intended to zip in, get some cool shots of old fire engines, and then book it back to the hotel to finish up the heated best-of-five cribbage battle we had going (okay, now you can decide we’re too dorky to be friends with). The people who run the fire museum had other ideas. They pounced on us the minute we got in the door — actually they saw us walking down the street with our cameras and rightly assumed we were headed their way which allowed them to pounce on us before we even got to the door — and sucked us into to taking a tour. This was, needless to say, not what we had in mind.
However, it turned out to be pretty interesting. Not long after the start of the tour, an active fireman and amateur historian on vacation from Chicago (yup, he was there to see the hockey game, too) joined us, and as result, we ended up getting some cool insight into how things have changed for modern firemen. We learned fun facts like why fire plugs are called fire plugs, why cities like Columbus had professional fire departments before NYC, Philly, and Chicago, and what the “hook” in “hook and ladder” is for. And when the tour ended, we had plenty of time to fulfill our original goal of taking a few pictures.
And Schnookie got her Scavenger Hunt picture. And then Pookie kicked her ass at cribbage. It was a great way to end a fabulous vacation.
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