Saturday, July 9, 2016

Micro Adventure: Salt Mine and Cosmosphere

On July 2nd, we drove to Hutchinson, KS and visited Strataca, The Kansas Underground Salt Museum!   We'd wanted to do it when we first heard about it, but had to wait for Caleb to be four.

On the lift going down 650 feet below ground!!

It was surprisingly unlike what I was expecting.    It was a pleasant 68 degrees, dry and very wide open and spacious (in all the areas we were in).    It's an active mine and they supply several states with road salt.   They have over 150 miles of tunnels (and host a 5K and a bike ride down there!)

Super cute miner

This isn't a great quality photo since I needed to turn off the flash, but this was the kids dancing in the cool light being projected through a filter onto the mine wall

In the front car of the train tour!

One of the interesting things about the mine is that they have Underground Vaults and Storage.   This is what their website says about it:

"650 feet below the plains of midwest Kansas, encased in a solid rock salt cocoon, rests one of the most secure and elusive underground storage facilities in the world.

Our Hutchinson salt mine facility was established in the unused portions of a working mine, during the height of Cold War nuclear concerns, as a safe haven for sensitive information and assets. Since 1959 Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike have stored here, from every industry, around the world. It is the largest single storage facility for movie and television film internationally.

Safely tucked away from prying eyes and disaster, more than 1.7 million square feet of space holds untold millions of items in cool, dry conditions. That is roughly equivalent to 35 football fields encased in solid stone, more than 45 stories below the ravages of man and nature.

That which you value will be preserved here, perpetually. It’s called forever storage. It’s arguably the world’s largest time capsule."

This one is for Grandpa Jeff!    This is the actual Dorothy from the movie, Twister!

On another tour, we each got to choose a piece of salt to take home with us (it had to be palm size or smaller)  Caleb wanted this one =)

Us girls

Stylin' in our hardhats

One last photo (as some of the original mine workers) before heading back up to ground level

Next, we switched gears and headed to a space museum (also in Hutchinson), called the  Cosmosphere.

Caleb buckling into a jump seat

The kids with a huge rocket outside

My favorite guy

Huge foam lego!

Philip and the kids did a motion flight simulator that the kids really loved, and the highlight of the Cosmosphere for me was the IMAX show, "National Parks Adventure", with gorgeous, breathtaking videography from a ton of our beautiful national parks!   It got me all jazzed up to go and see All of them!! =)

"Dr. Goddard's Lab" science show was another really cool thing we did there.   Dr. Goddard (I learned) was the father of modern rocketry and the show had all sorts of fun stuff related to that... lighting things on fire, rocket propulsion, and the guy doing the show even (accidentally) dropped a huge beaker of liquid oxygen on the floor and shattered it into a million pieces.  Oops!

1 comment:

Mom W. said...

Wow, I never knew about that place - the salt mine and storage!! Amazing!! I wonder what all is down there, or maybe I don't! =)