In 1991 the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum was featured on Huell Howser’s California’s Gold (start at 18:40) At some point between then and now, when I saw the episode, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum has been on my mind. I love finding underappreciated places to appreciate, especially when they are so close. Eric and I finalized our plans to go this Sunday and I told my friend Denise, who also likes to find importance in the underestimated, and she finalized her plans too. On the same day as us. And so we were off, to socially distance on 55 acres in Vista, while looking at antique tractors, steam engines, farm equipment and old time machinery.
The entrance fee is $2 per person. So, according to my calculations, the museum made $8 today. Yes, we were the only museum goers. We will come back at some time in the future during an event, when their engines are running. Or on a Saturday when more exhibits are open, like their spinning cottage, the clock museum and the farmhouse. Or to see the sawmill in action. Or ride the train. Honestly, it was nice to go today, as an introduction, and have the place to ourselves. It is unbelievable how much there is so much to look at. Eric is ready to sign up for their blacksmithing classes next year! And A1 and I are ready to watch the budding blacksmith work! (The classes are offered three consecutive Saturdays from 9-3. Yes please!) We are so excited about this museum.