Thursday, October 17, 2019

Pig Judging at the Yamboree

Rode with Dan to watch Nephew Zach show his pigs at the Yamboree!  Quite interesting & he placed 4th with the 1st one & 3rd with the 2nd one!  Great job.  Got kudos for his handling too!











Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tiger Creek Wildlife Sanctuary with Family!


This afternoon we rode with Patrick & met Dan, Linda, Rebecca, & Jonah at the Tiger Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Hawkins, TX. 








We had a guide, Allie, & she introduced us to all the animals (mostly cats, but a couple of raccoons too).  Enjoyed the visit & impressed with the hard work they are doing to rescue these beautiful animals from improper situations.  This sanctuary is very small compared to the one in Colorado, but they are still working hard to keep their animals happy & healthy.  Made for a lovely afternoon.


Found a lovely restaurant on Hawkins Lake, called Taste of Italy on the Lake.  It is owned/operated by a couple from Albania.  She was really fun & interesting to talk to & the food was excellent.  It was a beautiful day, but a little chilly (mid 60's), so we sat inside & enjoyed the view for our meal, then wandered outside to take a few pictures.




Back to the home place to look at our peaceful pond & visit Patrick's pigs & chickens.  Zach will show 2 of the pigs at the Yamboree next week.  Hope they do good!!  Forgot to get any pictures of the kittens.  They are growing fast & all too cute.  It is quite a menagerie around here!  Gonna miss it!  We'll leave for Mesa next Saturday.



Monday, September 30, 2019

Mountain View Visit - Awesome

Spent 3 lovely nights at an Air BNB in MountainView, Arkansas.  My parents brought me here back in 1985.  Still much the same!

The Air BNB is on the square where everyone meets & above a music store.


The first evening was quiet, but we still found a few "pickers" sharing their talent.




The next day, we took a tour of the beautiful Blanchard Springs Caverns.  Our guide said it had been called the most beautiful cave in the US.  Not sure about that (we haven't been to them all!!), but it is for sure one of the top.  The NFS is doing a fabulous job maintaining it & sharing it with any lucky visitor.
That evening we enjoyed listening to a larger group.  Listened for about an hour.  Great fun.




The last day we spent wandering the Ozark Folk Center.  Extremely interesting State Park & even comfortable since each venue is in an air conditioned building (except the blacksmith & the outdoor auditorium).  Found several of the same local entertainers from our stop last night - Junior (our favorite singer!!), Dave, Renee, & Roger.  Our favorite was the Copper shop where the owner/operator showed us how she brings out 16 different colors on the copper just by varying the heat.  Awesome!



Spent our last evening listening to 2 different venues - one indoors at a small RV park & one in the gazebo outside our own Air BNB!

What a fun way to finish up our summer travels!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Favorite time of the Year - Vashon Island!!!

After enjoying RoundARama, 

we headed to Texas to park our RV for a few days

before flying to Seattle for our favorite time of the year.  Our annual visit to Vashon Island











We do a little computer work while enjoying the view & get to take some walks on the beach & through the woods.  Picking black berries!  They are a little smaller this year - there hasn't been much rain.  But still juicy & sweet.