On the first day of GBR, I got up early and drove toward the Silver Legacy where the GBR attendees were meeting up to eat breakfast together. It was a nice drive… Good sunshiny weather, a sky full of hot air balloons rising and moving along the blue sky. But I didn’t end up at GBR that morning. Nor did I get to eat breakfast with my fellow bloggers. I had to go to school. Darn Statistics class!
After class, my husband hopped on the motorcycle, I took my car and we headed out to Cabela’s for a guided tour.
My tour notes:
- The giant statue in front of the store was made by a man from Auburn. All Cabela’s stores have one except one due to a city ordinance.
- Every species of ibex in the world is displayed above the front entrance. Also displayed are big horns (the Nevada state animal).
- Washington store ran outta room so Nevada got the whale. 9 truckloads of taxidermy animals, all animals displayed are Cabela’s. Many are donated by widows.
- Cabela’s employees despise the talking deer head which mysteriously breaks a lot (Which caliber for talking deer heads?).
- Aquarium: 2 tanks, one warm, one cold. There are live fish feeding shows on Saturdays which result in employees explaining the cycle of life to small, crying children who want to know why the big fish ate all of the gold fish.
- Interesting note: there is a store code for activists (Which caliber for activists? Well, they’re pretty skinny…)
- Store mountain taxidermy display themes: conservation, high desert, Sierra Nevadas, winter scenery. The winter scene includes the display of an award-winning caribou.
- Big Five taxidermy display’s centerpiece elephant was so large and was brought in so late in building construction, the doors had to be removed to bring it inside. The hippo was a last-minute donation so the display could be more accurately titled Big Six.
- Grand slam of sheep is earned by shooting four kinds of sheep. The grand slam on display in Cabela’s is accompanied by the rifle which was used to shoot the grand slam. The rifle was inherited and subsequently donated by the shooter’s grandson. It had to be disabled before display.
- Ryan of the Gun Library showed us a Custer-linked revolver. The front sight and grips have been changed and parts have been nickeled. We were also shown the civilian version of the same revolver.
- Chris and I enjoyed looking at a wall-mounted Martini with a hand-carved walnut stock.
- Tour guide recommends Awful Awful burger in the downtown little nugget.