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McClung Museum

Mayan figurines

Mark and I snuck away to visit the McClung Museum in Knoxville Wednesday. It was a long drive --- 4.5 hours round trip and probably a bit beyond what I'd usually consider a fun day trip. But I was feeling in need of an adventure and Mark is always willing to oblige my infrequent impulses to leave the farm.

Mayan demon

The really impressive exhibits were about the geology and archaeology of Tennessee. But I need to digest a bit before I regale you with lessons learned from those rooms. So, instead, I'll just show you a couple of shots from the Mayan exhibit. A lot of the Mayan artifacts were actually reproductions, but a few --- like the toad and rabbit pots at the top of this post --- were the real deal.

We returned home half an hour before sunset, and I was already itching to get back to my darling goats, my spoiled cats, and my impatient garden. I guess I got that travel-lust out of my system just in time --- 6.5 weeks left until milking season!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I loved it, but I bet there are different exhibits than when I was there. I'm glad you made the trip! :)
Comment by Emily Thu Mar 10 11:20:38 2016

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