Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Brushy Mountain!

Thanks to Brooke Thomas, who led us up to the cellar holes on Brushy Mountain and gave us a tour of Leverett's natural history and it colonial history!  Brooke brought two friends, Anne and Rocky, and we had three parents along with us.
Listening to the ancestors

Crossing the stone bridge

Trekking up Brushy Mountain

We visited the Glazier homestead and explored the wells and foundations of some of Leverett's first settlers.  We passed by the old mill pond and an early gravestone.  Along the way we met a porcupine and a couple of frogs, one in a stream and the other camouflaged in the leaf litter.  What fun!

A leafy assortment

One hidden friend

And another...

A wolf tree

Dining in the cellar holes on Brushy Mt.
Stories shared out on a limb...
How deep is the well?

An American chestnut tree: so far no sign of blight!
An unmarked gravestone on Brushy Mt.


Caving along the Gutter

Blue lips on cold rock!

We walked about four miles altogether and ended our trip with an exploration of the Rattlesnake Gutter caves. We made our own snake as we ran down the gutter!
Brooke leads the way down the Gutter!
The Snake!

The next day Brooke returned to our class to teach us more local history. This time he brought a different friend: naturalist and Native American historian Julie Collier.  She also brought a friend:  Guess Who!
Hand-made beaded mocassins

Native American art and clothing from across the U.S.

Wise? Perhaps not, but very hard to spot in the woods!  Screech owls are very well camouflaged!

Prized beaver pelt

A bowl carved by the tooth of an antique shark: Carcharodon Megalodon!

Julie taught us a great deal about Native American history and handicrafts. She brought some amazing items to share with us!

Thanks, Julie and Brooke!

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