We are finally off duty after 6 weeks. Now we have a full week off. This is one of the nice things about the job I have. When things work like they should, I will be getting a week off every three weeks. I would like to use this time for travel. Of course, we don’t make much money, so I have to be reasonable. Last time we were off we covered about 3000 miles during the week. We went through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. That’s more miles than when I was driving a truck for a living. But we spent time with friends, got to see new places, and we had fun.
We are not traveling far this week, but I am determined to explore new places. Yesterday I did just that. Arkansas is a really neat place to live. It isn’t as pretty as Colorado or Wyoming, but I figure it’s got Kansas and Nebraska beat by a long shot. Anyway, yesterday I visited a small town just northeast of where I live called Mountain View. What a neat community. The older section of town has all sorts of neat little shops to go through. They had a more modern section too with places like Warmart, Dollar General and so forth, but I didn’t spend much time in that section of town. I can see those places just about anywhere. I wanted to see the real heart of the town and that was around the town square. There is something about the old architecture that I really like. Especially the older courthouses.
I think I walked through most of the stores thinking my wife would love this place. She couldn’t come this trip because her parents are in town and they had other plans. So this trip it was me and Rascal. As for me, I’m not much of a shopper, unless it has to do with music. Once I found a music store I stayed there quite a while. Imagine that.
Music is everywhere in Moutain View. It is known as the folk music capital of the world. That is why I had to go check it out. I was not disappointed. This little store is quite different stores like guitar center that I tend to go to often. There were all sorts of string instruments like violins, dulcimers, Bangos, etc. But what was really neat was the small town atmosphere. In several of the rooms, there were people learning to play. The shop does a lot of repair work on all sorts of instruments. This was a very friendly place.
Right next to the music store is a little park with several little gazebos for playing music. When I first arrived there weren’t very many people in the park, but in the evening people came out to play their instruments.
While I was walking through the town I met a man in one of the shops who told me about some of the places to visit. He recommended that I travel about 12 miles north to visit a place called Banchard Springs. There are some caverns there along with a lake and so forth. I didn’t go to the caverns this round, but I was able to walk around and see a very pretty area.