Friday, September 28, 2007

Chuck Wagon Mac

We did the most awesome, yet simple, thing today. We took the children on a field trip to meet this wonderful 76 year old man. He calls himself “Chuck wagon Mac” and he was truly a delight to behold. We all enjoyed our visit with him. He had a chuck wagon replica and he was a font of information. Did you know there are 31 uses for a bandana? Did you know that most cowboys did not own a gun? Did you know that the cook was the only one who possessed whisky on the trail (or any alcohol) and that was usually for medicinal purposes. The cook was a dentist, doctor, veterinarian and a cook. And (especially for Izzarina) did you know that they carried GREEN COFFEE BEANS when they were on a cattle drive? They would roast them on an open fire. Why did they do this? Because pre roasted coffee beans would mold and carrying green coffee beans, roasting as needed, ensured a mold free cup of coffee. Interesting. Boy did we have a good time. The kids dressed up in cowboy gear and had a blast.

Guess what the kids did when we got home. They are watching BONANZA, LOL!

Click on the photo we took of his display, it should enlarge so you can read it.


Heather said...

LOL! I love the bit about the green coffee beans...see that? I was destined to be a,, whatever. ;-)

And my crew likes Bonanza too...I'm sure they'd get a big kick out of Chuck wagon Mac. I'm glad you all had a good time, Lily :-)

Lily said...

Somehow, I knew that little fact would pique your interest ;-)

If you ever get a chance to see this guy, it is well worth the effort. We really enjoyed our time with him, even my husband's eyes were gleaming. I could tell he was enjoying Mac's presentation. It brought the little boy out in him. Lots of fun!

I think his website has where he will be when.