|My husband with Harriet at the Eagle center.|
We got to meet Donald, the golden eagle, and the bald eagles Harriet, Was'aka (pronounce Wah-shock-uh), Columbia, and Angel. Harriet is the resident matriarch, and at 31 years old has already surpassed the life-span of the average bald eagle. She is quite the traveler and ambassador as well. Harriet has appeared on the Today show twice, Jay Leno, and is also featured on the Minnesota "Support Our Troops" license plate.
|Former Governor Pawlenty unveiling the new plate|
with Harriet's picture.
Of particular interest to me was the story of Old Abe, the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin during the Civil War. Old Abe was present at 37 different battle engagements during the war. You can read a little about Old Abe by clicking HERE.
We also got to see a traveling exhibit in downtown Wabasha all about the Minnesota home front during World War 2. I had no idea that a group of young men, conscientious objectors to the war, volunteered for a harrowing ordeal in order to help out returning Prisoners of War. These young men voluntarily starved themselves almost to death (under the care of University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic doctors) so that the doctors could study the physical and psychological effects of starvation and deprivation on the human body, as well as how to rehabilitate returning prisoners.
Question for you: Do you like day-trip vacations? Where have you gone this summer?