Yesterday I made a sketch outing to Cabela’s, a large sporting goods chain. I don’t know whether it will change but I wanted to see it before the buy out by Bass Pro Shops went into effect. If found it not as visually interesting as Bass. I took a lot of photos, which are all here: https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2017-0201-Cabelas/
I felt rather out of my element. Even though I grew up in small town Midwest with a lot of hunters – my father hunted pheasant and ducks – I have never hunted. Well, except once, as a small child. I have a memory of my dad taking me and the dog out pheasant hunting. Given the noise we made, I think this was more a “take them for a walk in the woods” outing than actual hunting. There were an amazing amount of mounts, some of them exotic.
After a good wander around, I had some lunch in the cafe and sketched the small plane from my vantage point. By the way, menu items in the cafe include Elk or Bison burgers. I chose something less unusual.
I’d decided to make the sketch a full page spread montage, channeling Michele Cooper! I amuse myself by sketching animal rumps, usually horses. Here I settled for a Zebra. And then the elephant. I thought it was unusual that no one stopped to look or talk while I was sketching.
On the way home, I stopped at Tolmie State Park. I hadn’t brought my State Parks pass (in the other car) so I didn’t stay. Though bright and sunny, the weather was also a bit windy and chilly for sketching near the water. This is a place to which I’ll want to return.