Sunday, August 26, 2012

650 feet under

We spent Saturday evening (and rather late into the night) helping our good friend Melissa celebrate her upcoming birthday. Now, this was not your ordinary birthday party venue. We traveled 650 feet below ground into the Salt Museum in Hutchinson, KS. We could see how salt is mined and transported out of the mine. The salt at this location is used for livestock and road treatment. The salt mine is also used as a storage facility for movie reels and memorabilia. At the mine, it was more cost effective to leave everything down there than transport it back up. So there is a pile of trash that has been completely preserved, thanks to the conditions in the mine, for over 60 years!

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This is the costume worn by George Clooney.

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This was a shuttle system used to transport employees around the mine (back in the 50’s or 60’s, I believe).


We had to wear hard hats and rescue breathers in the mine. It’s a good look, don’t you think?


After we had toured the galleries and learned all about salt, we headed to the event center for a murder mystery dinner theater. Dinner was delicious and the show was hilarious (with audience participation). Melissa’s husband Ryan had a small impromptu part and ended up stealing the show. He was a great sport!!

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Ryan played the part of Sir Groom and had to marry the lovely Princess Cactus Blossom.



Happy Birthday, Melissa! Thanks for including us in such a fun evening!

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