Three International moves and 7 states later, we find ourselves surrounded by historic towns and the scenic beauty of South Carolina.
An Aussie, an American and two Aussie American little girls, we have wandered - well not WANDERED the country, but we have moved a bit, all over the place.
From global hemispheres, South to the North, Midwest, Southwest, South East, we've lived on plains and prairies in America's Heartland, experienced snow and ice, lived in the heat of Texas, visited deserts and canyons and flown over great mountain ranges, all giving us a valuable perspective of life. Our own unique place in the world.
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but pretty close to anything I know I'll ever see here...
In every town there is always at least one quirky and interesting item. This particular attraction, is just outside of Rockwall, Texas, towards Poetry. We used to drive past it on a weekly basis. Course, we had to stop and check it out. Then I took my friend Laura, during a visit from Chicago to see it. Turns out this little UFO has quite a family history....
A child of the 60's, only 96 Futuro's were ever created. The Futuro House, by the Finnish Architect Matti Suuronen was spawned by the 'space age' craze, and is apparently the only authentic example of period architecture. 14 were created in Finland while licences were granted to 24 other countries. Apparently there is one in Canberra, Australia also. It was designed to reflect the hope people had at the time in technology and futurism. It was believed the advances in technology would enhance lives, solve a large proportion of problems, and conquer space. Unfortuantly, skyrocketing oil prices put the kibosh on the concept and it became inviable.
The interesting thing about these fiberglass structures is that they were originally designed for use as a ski cabin, to be an easily constructed and portable home.
Yep, just engage your local military chinook... attach a few lines and voila! One very portable UFO - and if you happen to glance upwards at the right time..
The seats were designed to fold down for use as beds, and other modern amenities included the usual kitchen, bathroom, but also a neato fireplace that could be doubled as a grill (and you could also get them in mauve!). Groovy man...
There is quite a bit of information on the net, and even one to rent as a vacation home.
Well, there you go.
I think next time I'll stick with just finding out what the mailbox on the curb up the road is all about.