Brendan and I had a wonderful Saturday. That afternoon we went to the Gatlinburg Sportsman Club (shooting range) where Brendan tried out his new gun. I took a few photos of him and enjoyed watching him blast some clay pigeons. I sat at the picnic tables and worked on the hand stitching of my Christmas sewing.
I got to sit next to that awesome tractor.
I really enjoyed the view:
*Brendan posted more details about his afternoon in “Introduction to the CZ”
After leaving the range, we grabbed some lunch/dinner and drove through the Smoky Mountain Park until we reached the Mountain Farm Museum.
We got to see some interesting buildings. These are actual historic buildings (most circa 1900) from different parts of Tennessee and North Carolina. They were all relocated here as an open-air museum.
The apple house stored apples! Originally, this house was built into a hillside to insulate the apples in the bottom portion from extreme heat and cold.
The farm was right beside a creek and the forest.
The farm also had a springhouse from the same location as the apple house.
The blacksmith shop was cool. It was moved from Cade’s Cove: my all-time favorite part of the Smoky Mountain National Park.
The farm museum had a pigsty! There weren’t any pigs, but the trough was occupied by another creature.
I cringe just thinking about it. I made Brendan take this picture, I couldn’t face it. In hindsight, it reminds me of Charlotte’s Web. Didn’t the rat (my least favorite character) hang out in Wilbur’s trough?
We saw some more wildlife outside the barn. The creature running away is a groundhog. And in the words of SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw, the squirrel is “just a rat with a cuter outfit.” I couldn’t agree more.
While the farm museum was interesting and fun, the real excitement was the elk herd in the adjacent meadow!
(Mom, notice my beautiful scarf.)
The elk were amazing. I’ve never seen them before. I can’t believe they are so big.
If only I had seen a bear, my day would have been complete.