We started the morning at Cracker Barrel because Meg thought having the whole family eat at Cracker Barrel was just the best thing in the world. My parents lives about a mile from a Cracker Barrel, so this probably wasn't a huge treat for them, but Cracker Barrel is a special outing for us because it is quite a long drive to our nearest Cracker Barrel. We do love it so--the food, the rocking chairs and the checkers. That morning Meg very much enjoyed the blueberry pancakes, though I am not sure her capris will ever recover from sitting on blueberries.
From Cracker Barrel, we headed to New Echota. New Echota was the Cherokee capital prior to the removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma and it was the beginning point for the Trail of Tears. It holds such things as the first Indian language newspaper office as well as a typical Cherokee farm.
The log buildings were quite instructive to the girls. We've been reading about Pa building the log cabin in Little House on the Prairie. Meg and Clare were able to see how each log was cut so that another log would fit into it. As Meg said, "It's just like Lincoln Logs."