Friday, September 11, 2015

A Couple of Field Trips

We usually don't take Labor Day off of school, but this year we did to take a little family trip to the Car Museum (Dick's Classic Garage) in San Marcos. 

They have a rare Tucker Car (#50). 

There were only 51 of these cars made in the 1940's by a guy named Preston Tucker. They made a movie about it in '88 starring Jeff Bridges. I watched the movie as an adult, and I must say I enjoy Jeff Bridges much more in "True Grit." But the movie did at least lend more interest to seeing a Tucker for the first time. Phillip especially was interested since he saw the movie at 13 and has been wanting to see one.

Harrison thought this toy looked like Mike Mulligan's steam shovel, Mary Anne. 

Elizabeth would love to own several of the cars here. I didn't get pictures of them, but they were cool looking. And we saw two cars that Papa owned back in the day when they were just cars and not Classics. 

And then today was Homeschool Day at Pioneer Farms in Austin. It was a bit of a drive, but the entry fee was much reduced. I've heard about this living farm for some time, so I was glad to get a chance to take the kids. 

When I told Phillip we were visiting Pioneer Farms, he said, "Will there be pig castration? It's not a real farm if there isn't pig castration." And "I grew up on a farm, I'm not paying money to see a fake farm." I thought it was funny.

There weren't any pigs, but there chickens, rabbits, a cat, donkeys, and long horn steer.

I'm helping Harrison make a corn husk doll.

Jonathan liked the flint guy at the Tonkawa Indian Camp. I guess the tents got washed away during the flooding earlier this year, so it was a little bare, but the guy had some interesting things to say.

This was at the German Immigrant Farm. The family that lived in this house had 13 kids. I didn't get a picture of the house, but it was maybe as big as our living room. Maybe half of our living room. It was small. Thirteen kids. They probably played outside a lot.

Chicken coop. 

I just really like Long Horns. There's something substantial about them.

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