Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cool Places in America~ Mutter Museum Philadelphia

 Its your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months....

Yuck. That is all I can say. Then again I always though that yuck was pretty cool! My parents were in Philly installing a new interactive display at the Franklin Institute in when I strolled down the street and found this other museum.

The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia is bizarre. The museum is housed in a two-tiered gallery, encased in the dark hardwood cabinets and wavy glass panes. It is the public display area of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a school founded in 1787 to promote such noble goals as bioethics, the relevance of medical history to public policy, and the recognition that medicine is both an art and a science. The Mütter Museum is also a medical freak show of deformed bones, diseased organ specimens, instructional wax models of various pathologies, and things in jars that still give me the creeps.

 Before I go on to talk about the truly disturbed things in this museum, let me take some time to mention the beautiful. The Benjamin Rush garden was wonderful. Benjamin rush was one of the many signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was filled with many herbs and medicinal plants. I got to sit here for a long time while I was trying to recoup from my strange visit in the museum.

Giant colons, Siamese twins, a horn growing out of a ladies head, the Soap Lady, giant feet, and a piece of tissue from the dead body of John Wilkes Booth. I do not know about the tissue, my parents moved me to a town which said Booth survived and became one of the town's favorite bartenders... The rest of it scared and disgusted the hell out of me. It was so cool! Thomas Dent Mutter was a real cool sick puppy.




Yuck, but Way Cool!
~Tyler

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Cool Places in America~Staten Island Stonehenge

Its your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months....

Yep, I lived here too. My parents got a contract working for F.A.O Schwarz making an interactive web site for them for Christmas. We lived out on the shore. While taking a long hike I found this place. Staten Island Stonehenge is to be found just south of the Lemon Creek Pier in Mount Loretto State Park on Staten Island. The GPS location is 40.506552,-74.213588. The sculptures were built near the ruins of the old Raritan Bay clamming industry. I was amazed by them. They are best to be seen from a distance so you can appreciate it as a whole. Then again what was even cooler than the sculptures was meeting Doug, the guy who built it.



There, a lifelong Staten Islander, Doug Schwartz, has been creating rock sculptures on the beaches of Mount Loretto State Park for over a decade. Doug is the zookeeper at the Staten Island Zoo responsible for Staten Island Chuck, the famous groundhog. I met Chuck too..  I got to ride the bus to the zoo with both of them. It reminded me of my friends in Gibsonton FLA. In Gibsonton I got to walk down the street with a guru and rhino, but I never took a bus before with a groundhog. Me and chuck would read from various cool books from Salem House Press on the way to the zoo. I had spent a lot of time with Doug and Chuck on the beach and the zoo.

"It's something inherently inside that you respond to that people long ago did, whether it's the beauty of nature, wonderment of being alive." - Doug Schwartz


Doug was a bit of a jester and a bit of a wizard with a sly wink. He showed me these rocks that were a million years old in which the local Indians used to paint themselves with. I used to go down there and paint my face red all the time running with a stick in my hand which I pretended was a tomahawk. Once, while I helped him build a new sculpture there was this guy playing the bagpipes in the distance which caused some teenagers to stop playing their guitars and listen. A little kid near by was making his own sculpture too. Doug loved it.

I asked him if he was related to the company my parents were working for and he only answered, "May the Schwartz be with you!"


~Tyler

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