Thursday, March 13, 2014

"Cure your curiosity" at The Country Doctor Museum

The Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, N.C., is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America's rural health care. Over the decades, the Museum's collection has grown to more than 5,000 medical artifacts relevant to the practice of medicine between the late 18th century and the first half of the 20th century, as well as many volumes of historic texts gathered from across the nation. The interpretive range also expanded from rural doctors to include topics such as nursing, pharmaceuticals and home remedies.

Docents lead tours through three buildings of exhibits and are available to answer questions. Visitors start their tour at the Farmer Annex, a late 1800’s farm house now home to the Museum’s gift shop, administrative offices and keeping room. 

The original Museum building is comprised of two former country doctor offices, and the medicinal herb garden is located behind this building. The Carriage House features the Museum’s transportation exhibit, as well as the display “The Art of Nursing."

You are invited to visit The Country Doctor Museum for a unique experience discovering the challenges and triumphs of healthcare and medicine in early rural America. 

The Country Doctor Museum is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday, except major holidays and during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. All tours are guided and available every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The museum is located in Bailey, N.C., at the SR 581 exit off Highway 264 between Raleigh and Wilson. 

Adults - $5.00, Seniors (55+) - $4.00, Youth (age 3-18) and students with valid school ID - $3.00.

Click here for more information.

(All photos courtesy The Country Doctor Museum.)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hike among the hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park is one of Utah's most popular parks. It offers incredible scenery and great opportunity for hiking and camping. The goblin-like hoodoos here are unique and fun for all ages. Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations.

Many people think the park landscape has a surreal appearance. A Hollywood movie, "Galaxy Quest," was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery. Many serious photographers come here to get shots of the goblins during the late evening or early morning hours, when shadows provide contrast to the sun-bathed rock.

Activities include sightseeing from the park overlook, hiking among the goblins, photography, picnicking and camping. Nearby you’ll find ATV and mountain bike trails, as well as slot canyons.

Facilities include a campground with heated restrooms/showers, group camping spot, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a Visitor Center.

Spring and fall are ideal times to visit this park. Winter days are often mild and hiking can be enjoyable, but winter nights can be very cold (often near 0 F). Summer days can be very hot. During summer it is pleasant to explore here during the early morning and late evening hours. 

Open year-round; no holiday closures. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, during winter months (Nov. - Feb.), the Visitor Center may be closed for short periods while staff is away at lunch or on park business, and occasionally may be closed all day if no staff is available.

Located near the town of Hanksville, approximately 216 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. From I-70, exit onto Highway 24 and drive south for approximately 24 miles to the signed park turnoff, which is also the turnoff for Temple Mountain. From the Hwy 24 turnoff, follow the paved road for about 12 miles to park.

Entrance Fees
$7 per vehicle
$4 per vehicle with a Utah senior 62+
$75 annual pass is available at the park
$35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass

Main Campground: $16 ($8 extra vehicle fee).
Back-in sites are available and can accommodate RVs up to 59 feet. No hookups. There is a sewage disposal station. Group overnight camping is available.

Camping Reservations:
Online: ReserveAmerica (this website also includes additional information)
800-322-3770 (toll-free from outside the Salt Lake City area)
801-322-3770 (from within the Salt Lake City area)

Contact Information:
Goblin Valley State Park
P.O. Box 637
Green River, UT 84525-0637