Well, you know how plans often work out. We were going to spend a couple of hours at Hagerman, visit the Harber Museum, have lunch, go to Walmart and come home in time for the game and the rain. I suppose that’s sort of what we did, but there were a few interesting changes here and there.
First of all, the predicted “afternoon rain showers” arrived just about the time we crossed the creek at Hagerman. We still enjoyed our drive around the refuge and saw several birds, ducks, geese, herons, egrets, cormorants, and vultures. It just wasn’t the photo opportunity we had anticipated.
Back to Sherman to visit the museum…which wasn’t open yet. So we drove across the street and walked around the mall for a little while. It’s like a ghost town compared to the old days! But I suppose the fact that there are any stores left at all is a miracle. There were even advertisements for a couple of new places soon to open. And by the time we walked around there were at least ten customers coming through the doors. Maybe it will survive for a while longer.
By the time the Harber Wildlife Museum opened it was really raining so we were happy to have an inside adventure. However, my feelings about the museum were not what I’d expected. The museum does have a great collection of animals and the taxidermy is excellent, but I could not help feeling deeply disturbed by the fact that the majority of the animals on display were killed for sport. There is even a reminder on one wall- photos of the Harbers with powerful bows. I didn’t take a single photo inside the museum, only a quick snapshot of the tiny elephant statue in front of the building. I guess I just prefer my animals alive.
After lunch at Salita’s we did some shopping at Walmart and by then we could hear the rain pounding the roof. We walked out in a blinding downpour- I nearly drove the cart into oncoming traffic- and we were soaked by the time we loaded our groceries into the back of the truck. But we need the rain and we were happy to suffer the consequences of its early arrival.
Home to unload and get wet again. Changed clothes, made a fresh pot of coffee and sat down to watch OU make their first touchdown! The day may turn out to be excellent after all.