Our day started early. Just as the sun was beginning its daily journey across the sky, so did we make our way out to UBC, where we were all to meet at 7.30 am. Forms handed in and passport ready for action, we began our trip down to Tacoma, WA. Several of us had never met each other so the beginning of the trip was filled with introductions and greetings. We all were looking forward to arriving there, to be able to see the mummification exhibit. We crossed the border, amazed, having had to clarify our intentions to the border guard, who looked perplexed after being told about ‘mummification’. Several hours later, we arrived outside the Washington State History Museum, earlier than planned, all members of our group relaxed.
Spending nearly two hours in the exhibit, we learned as much as there is about mummification: from the origins of mummification down to the local history of Ankh-Wennefer and his arrival on the American west coast. Then, lunch called. After several possible venues we settled for the Harmon Brewery Pub, where we quickly felt refreshed with excellent local brews and specials. Afterward, we went for a little stroll around the museum, exploring the neighbourhood, before the gallery talk awaited us at 3.30 p.m.
The following Gallery Talk provided further information to us about mummification and intimacized us further. So, when we set off for Vancouver at 5 pm, we had a great day behind us, learning not only about mummies, but also more about the interests of our members of our society. It was a great trip and we are looking forward to hosting similar events in the months to come.
Thank you to our SSEA Vancouver member Debby Donnelly for taking the photographs!