05.15.15 An evening of mountain music!

298087_509387402456576_928255323_nFriday, May 15, 2015 – Roy made another attempt at fly fishing and lost three lures.  He’s pretty determined to get this right so he’s been watching online videos.  Tomorrow is another fishing day so we’ll see how it goes!  These pictures are from yesterday.

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Roy’s one and only catch – a real tiny one!!!

wpid-20150514_162135.jpg wpid-20150514_162858.jpgThis afternoon I worked on gathering information about RV parks and the things on our list of must sees in Oklahoma.  We’ll get to visit with friends while we’re there also! Matt and Alanna Traylor near Tulsa and Susan Randles near OK City!  Pretty much have plans firmed up. Right now it includes staying in the Terra Starr Park in Checotah, OK for a few days (near Tulsa) and the AAA Adult Park (hope there’s no nudes!) in Newcastle, OK (near Oklahoma City).

We still have the Blanchard Springs Cave to visit and Go-Karting to do here in Mountain View!   Plus as much pickin as we can fit in before we leave Thursday the 21st.

We went to hear an evening of  music at various locations around downtown Mountain View.  We started out eating BBQ, and then made our way to the place we went to earlier this week. We sat down at a table against a wall of pictures.  They were all deceased pickers honored on the wall.  The picture right next to me was Donnie Smith, Elizabeth Halpin Smith’s husband Freddy’s dad.  A really nice couple (also from Louisiana) took a picture of us next to the wall of pictures.

MV Donnie Smith picture mv memory plaque mv memory wall r and rhttps://rosalynandroy.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/mv-memory-wall-roy.jpg mv memory wall royAfter eating we headed over to the pickin park to hear more mountain music! As the evening went on, more and more people came out and more pickers joined the group.

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A young girl, Mary Parker age 10 joined the group and pulled out her violin.  Could she play and kick up a storm!!!!  She danced first with the group, then played her violin with the group and sang a couple of songs.  She was adorable and very very talented!  The crowd really enjoyed the addition of Mary to the group and clapped and tapped to the music. That’s not to take anything from the group of men who played all evening.  Here’s a couple of videos of young Mary doing her thing!  They are fairly short videos.

Here she is two years ago singing and playing.  It’s 9 minutes long but she’s so adorable I had to share!

There were guitars, mandolins, banjos and guitars.  People came and went but the crowd grew all evening until the rain started and all the folks on the outside started to scrambling to get cover or left.  That was around 9 PM which meant we were out there four hours.

We strolled over to another pickin spot and enjoyed the music there for a while.  There I spotted my buddy Elvis and we took a picture together!!

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These were just a couple of spots around town where pickin was going on!  We enjoyed this evening immensely and left with a song in our hearts!!

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05.14.15 Fudge, Hippies, Flea Market and Pickin Park!

988510_10152636814230806_4412793312884267731_nThursday, May 14, 2015 – We’re staying in the park today but yesterday we went into the town of Mountain View, Arkansas. We walked around much of the downtown main street checking out the shops.  Our RV park is a couple of miles outside of the town.  It’s a beautiful drive with lots of mountainous scenery.  Here’s a couple of pictures of the downtown area of town.

20150513_131816 20150513_131710We first visited a fudge shop owned by Mr. Ernest, Stonebrook Fudge Factory and Candy Company. He let us taste some of his fudge, Roy tried Chocolate Cheesecake and I tried Banana Pudding fudge. Oh how delicious! If I didn’t have diabetes I’d have purchased a pound of each. We browsed the shop buying a few salt water taffy and a couple of treats for Madisyn.

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We went on to the local Military Shop/Flea Market. That was a cool place to visit and of course we left there with a couple of things for us and some fun things for Madisyn!

Lastly we stopped at this hippie shop called For Mother Earth! I love hippie shops!! Must be from being a teenager in the 60s and 70s!

mv mother earthThe man working at the hippie shop was so nice and even told us where there was some pickin going on today! Finally we get to hear pickin!!

We found this giant rocker on the sidewalk and of course immediately thought Photo Op!!  Roy wouldn’t climb into it but I did real fast.

mv rosalyn chair 2 20150513_140326Making our way down this little alley way we came across the lovely Pickin Square. Really pretty place with blooming flowers, lots of benches and a gazebo in the middle from which beautiful sounds of music were coming! How very super cool, quaint, peaceful and happy this was!

mvproyThe weather was beautiful again yesterday and the breeze was nice and cool. We sat and listened while the musicians played several songs. Can’t say how I like this quaint little town.  I could easily live here and come hear these folks every day. Seems like different folks come every day and play for as long as they want to. If we didn’t need to get on to zip lining I’d have stayed much longer. We will definitely come back again to sit and enjoy this folk music in town! Here’s pictures of the pickin and a video!

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Our friend, Elizabeth Halpin Smith, told us that there was a bench in the park in honor of her father in law, Donnie Smith, who played music here before he passed away. We saw that bench today and asked the musicians if any of them knew Donnie. Some did and they said he was a great musician! It’s kind of neat to connect our Louisiana life with things in other states! Here’s a picture of his bench.

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Roys outside working on his fly fishing rod so he can do some fishing now that the river’s gone down!

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05.13.15 We is Zip Lining fools!!!!!

lc rosalynandroyWednesday, May 13, 2015 – Oh what a wonderfully fun day we had today! We set out to go zip lining and got side tracked when we walked through town and sat down in the park to listen to musicians pickin. I’ll write about that adventure later, but today I want to tell ya’ll where we went from there – to the Loco Ropes location in Mountain View.

The really nice guy, Anthony, that we met yesterday when we went to check it out greeted us to start our adventure!

We went inside and signed our lives away so they wouldn’t be responsible for anything Roy and I might do up there! Anthony and Cari fitted us with our harnesses and put on our helmets! Okay we could back out now, but being Dora’s brave little explorers that we are, we went on.

lr cari lr anthonyIf you can make it up the many, many steps to where you get launched. you can do this. Roy and I are definitely not the perfect specimens of health, so if we can do this anyone can. Our friend Angelique bravely zip lined a year or so ago, and she was my inspiration for doing it today!

Once we were at the top. Anthony hooked us up to the overhead machine and gave us some instructions, then OFF ROY WENT!!! He went first and it was so cool to see him flying through the air. I videoed him going to the other end and took pictures of him returning. He survived, did not fall and had a great time so I did it too.

It was like being a bird, flying through the air. If I didn’t love being a human I think I’d be a bird! I did remember to look around and see everything from way up there which was awesome. My scream at the beginning wasn’t fear, it was from happiness that I was doing it! I’d recommend it for anyone, even the faint of heart!  Here’s pictures of our adventure and videos following that!

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I am so glad we didn’t chicken out and have now had this experience. We may even go back again before we leave town next week!

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05.12.15 Ozark Folk Center (an A+ place) and The Rivers Gone Down!!!!

1383325_609649069100387_163657237_nTuesday, May 12, 2015 – The only way into and out of the park is still the alternative exit as the concrete bridge is still under water.   When we moved back to our spot the water was down 5 feet.  This morning it had risen a foot which is about where it’s been all day.  The rushing waters have calmed down to a steady slow flow. Here’s a couple of pictures from after the danger was over.  So many people prayed for our safety and we really appreciate it! 20150511_165608 20150511_165617Today’s outing was to the Ozark Folk Center.  I HIGHLY recommend this as a place everyone should visit if you’re in the area.  It didn’t hurt any that today’s high was in the low 60s!  It is so clean, they are painting everything getting ready for the summer season, put new windows in all the buildings, there are flowers everywhere and so much to see.

Here’s how their website describes what they do:

The Ozark Folk Center of Mountain View, Arkansas is America’s only facility that works to share the heritage and way of life of the Ozark Mountain people. It’s lively, it’s entertaining, and it makes learning about Ozark history and heritage loads of fun. It’s an adventure in yesterday’s Ozark way of life that you can see, touch and enjoy today.

The Ozark Folk Center Crafts Village has over 20 artisans demonstrating Ozark Heritage crafts and the everyday skills used by Ozark Mountain people in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These skills have become Arkansas heritage crafts – basket weaving, broom making, blacksmithing, pottery making, knife making, weaving, quilting, wood carving, yarn spinning, soap making, dress making, herb gardening, coopering, doll making, candle making, wood turning, and more. Between April and November, the Ozark Folk Center State Park offers visitors a chance to experience the living tradition of Ozark craftsmanship and visit with the people who make their living with these crafts.

Here’s the map that shows the layout of the center. Each of the six sided small buildings on the map are where the craftsmen and women are working at their craft, give you a demonstration and also sell their creations.

ozark folk centerThis is a really big place. After Roy and I left we discovered we missed several of the shops on the map.  Our visit started by a tour of the Herb garden by this delightfully informative lady named Tina.  She knew EVERYTHING about herbs and was happy when I told her I used essential oils.  Roy’s description was that we toured the weed garden.  He has no idea!  She explained every herb we came across and what it does.  She even had their version of a bay leaf plant which we have back home in Amite!

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Part of the kid’s garden
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Look under the green leaves, there are rows of white flowers hanging. Simply beautiful!
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Bunny garden

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We went to the glass, pottery, copper, cooper, quilting, spinning/weaving, candy, woodcarving, clothier, kids garden, candle shop, school house, plant market and knife shops.  And like I said we didn’t see it all.  Each of the individual buildings is filled with handcrafted items made by the people who are there to demonstrate it to you.

It was absolutely amazing to see all this and get to see all these craftsmen do their work.  Everyone was sooooooo nice and willing to share their craft.  If we came later in the year we could have taken classes to learn how to do these things ourselves.

One really odd thing that happened was when someone asked us if we saw “the ring around the sun.”  We had not and when we looked at the sun we saw it.  We were able to take pictures of it and someone said it was created by ice crystals around the sun.  I don’t know if that’s what it was but it was a very unusual sight.  Here’s a picture of this.

c10I forgot to share that we rested for a while at the outdoor music area.  We got to enjoy hearing a lady sing and play her Dulcimer.   It was a nice break to all the walking around and she mad our time there very interesting and enjoyable! Here’s a picture of her performing.

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Here’s some pictures of some crafts we got to see throughout the center.  The first few are of the copper shop where the lady used 5000 degree heat to change the colors on the copper.  This was my favorite shop!

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Some of her finished products
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Candle Making
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Stained glass – the Copper tape they use between sections.
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Stained Glass – The lady’s demonstration area
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Pottery
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The school house – They moved the buildings that are really old here from other places.
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Rosalyn teaching in the Old School House!
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Spinning/Weaving – This was another favorite. Her clothing was exceptionally beautiful. Came with a high price tag but the amount of work that goes into each piece very much justified the cost.
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Clothier – Lots of display items of century old clothing and accessories. The lady now sews with a new machine but everything she sews is old type clothing.
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Me being silly!

In the same area is Loco Ropes which is a rope course and a zip line place.  We checked it out today and are planning to go back tomorrow for the zip line experience.  Neither of us think we could handle the ropes course so we’ll just stick to zip lining.  Gonna be fun!!! I’ll let you know that that turns out – and there will be pictures!

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05.11.15 – Part Two – Yep Paw, It’s still Rising and here we stay!

Monday, May 11, 2015 – What a morning this has been.  Dora and the Explorers are really having an amazing adventure today!

Roy woke me up at 6:45 this morning, saying the river had risen a lot and that he was leaving to go help someone get unstuck.   I resisted waking up at that awful hour of the morning but when I raised my blinds I saw nothing but water from the elevation of the window.  I got up!

There were about a dozen fifth wheels parked here for storage. People were moving them to higher ground since that area was slowly filling with water.

When Roy returned we walked around the park and checked out the status of the waters.  Here’s what we saw.

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Right behind our RV
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Next to us
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You could sit on the ground next to the tree on the left two days ago and be about 10 feet above the water.
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This is the road attached to the concrete bridge that we went over to get to our parking space.
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The really rough patch of water going across the picture is where the bridge is.
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Where the fifth wheels were stored is now covered with water. All of the fifth wheels have been moved out.
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Another picture of where the 5th wheels were parked. This was taken from one of the high ridges throughout the park. Now we see why the ridges are there!
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Dora and Boots before we moved them.
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This was the sight from out our bedroom window this morning. The sight that got me up and moving!

20150511_074329    20150511_075306Upon returning to Dora (our RV) we decided to start getting ready to leave if needed.  About two hours later the water by our RV rose to the level we knew we needed to move it.

We are now parked about 300 feet from the river with Dora aimed at the exit.  All the fifth wheels have been moved out and the park owners moved all the picnic tables higher and attached to trees.

We just came back from taking another walk around the park now that most everyone is gone.  Those ridges were the only way we could get as far as we did.  The rushing force of the water when it hits the bridge and goes around the bend is amazing. I’ll post pictures from that walk at another time.  I want to upload this in case we lose power or have to leave quickly!

We are trying our best to stay put at this higher elevation and ride this out while staying as safe as we can. We feel safe where we are for right now and are parked next to the exit ready to high tail it out of here if need be.  We hadn’t planned to do anything for today because rain was forecast.  Well the rain has stopped.  There is still electricity in this part of the park so we’re all hooked up with air conditioning running, watching TV!

We are the only ones here but we’ve been the only ones here for two days.  Their busy season doesn’t start until after we leave here.  The sun is trying to come out and it’s not forecast to rain again until Thursday.  One of the workers here earlier said that the back water coming down the river could cause it to continue rising.  We’ll keep a sharp eye out for that!

Gotta run, Young and Restless is on!! Hope everyone reading this is high and dry!  See ya’ll later!

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05.11.15 Hey Paw, Look! The River is Rising!

happy mondayThe blog post below was written Sunday evening.  Between then and now the river has risen an additional 10 feet causing the river to overflow the banks in some parts of the RV park.  Not where we are yet, but it is quite a sight.  We are packing up, unplugging and getting ready to pull out of here if it rises any higher.  I’ll be working on a blog post showing the pictures and videos of how it is now.

Monday, May 11, 2015 – It has been raining here quite often and heavy.  But that’s okay, we just change our plans accordingly. In between down pours, we decided to explore the river running through the resort from down by and in the water!  Some of these pictures may look like previous pictures of the resort but all of these were from about 15 feet below along the shoreline and in the water that is the White River running through the park.

a1  a3 a5 a6 Now I want to share some pictures of the same area from Sunday morning.  You will see only a tiny bit of rocks and shoreline in these pictures because the skies opened Saturday night and the river is several feet higher than the day before.

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This one is from yesterday and the next is from this morning.
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Same location, much more water and you don’t see the rocks.

20150510_143642 20150510_174809 The big circle of rocks I was sitting on in pictures higher up in the blog post are no longer visible today!

Tornadoes also seem to be quite active right now and we’re really hoping we don’t have a “What in the world were we thinking about coming here” with either a tornado or a flash flood.  At least there are at least a dozen more feet for the river to rise.

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05.10.15 – Part Two Mountain View City Park

Sunday, May 10, 2015, Part Two– We learned some sad news upon arriving back in Mountain View this trip. The man we just loved who owned Mellon’s Country Store, Pappy Mellon, has retired. We looked forward so much to seeing him again and sitting a spell visiting like we did before. The place is exactly the same but he’s not around spreading his Arkansas charm any longer.

We stopped at Mellon’s Country Store on Saturday and picked up some cinnamon hard candies for Chip and Madisyn and a bag for us. Here’s some pictures of the unique things they have there and how quaint it is out front.  The “stool sample” made me laugh out loud in the store!

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We went on into town to get a feel for where things we want to see are located. We saw signs that showed the City Park was this way so we followed the sign and passed in front of the park thinking it wasn’t too much. We turned around and went back, pulling in towards the back. What we found there was amazing. This place has nooks and crannies filled with beauty you can’t imagine. The pictures below are of the amphitheater there at the back of the park. You enter it from the street level and walk down many stone steps to where the audience would sit. In front of that is a beautiful creek and waterfall running under the bridge. Walking across the bridge takes you to where the performances were held. It was all an incredible sight!

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05.10.15 To all the Motherless Daughters out there

mothers daySunday, May 10, 2015 – Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who would love to be a Mom, women who are living the Mom life, Moms who have lost their precious children, and those who have lost their Moms.

To my mom, Josie Mae Cochran Blum Traylor, I love you and miss you every day. To the mothers of my grandchildren, Liz Ponder and our oldest son’s wife who he requested that we do not use their names, I wish you a special Happy Mother’s Day. You are caregivers to very precious children.

A precious young mother who lost her own mom, Jessica Stewart Lopez,  shared what’s written below on her Facebook page.  So many of us have lost our mothers and spend Mother’s Day missing their presence. happy mothers day

May 10th, 2015 Today sucks, I know. It’s going to be hard. But so is every other day since you have lost your mother. There is absolutely no love in this world like the love of a mother. There is a void that cannot and will not ever be filled, no matter what anybody tells you. You don’t miss her today any more than you will tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after that. Today, Mother’s day, is just another painful reminder that she is no longer physically here. As you watch friend’s  celebrate with their mom’s, please remember that yours is tucked away deep down in your heart where she will forever stay. As the wind blows through your hair, know that it is her gentle and loving touch. As the warmth of the sun shines on your face please remember the warmth in your mother’s heart through all of the days she had on this earth. She didn’t want to ever leave you and she still hasn’t left you. Your mother was greater than this world. I know sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair and it never will but please, please, don’t cry today, for your mother would want nothing more than to see you smile. I feel the pain within your heart as another day passes by without her. She doesn’t want you to be sad. She wants you to honor her life in the best way possible, and that way is to live it. Live it for you. Live it for her. I know it is sometimes easier said than done and sometimes words just don’t help and I know this because I lost my beautiful 48 year old mother almost two years ago when I was 24. I have come to find that the best way to heal is to remember. Remember her. Remember the sorrow, remember the love, remember everything. Talk to her, she’s always listening. And simply cherish the time you did have with her and the memories you have made. I want you to know that on this day, you are not alone. You are never alone. All of our mothers are watching over us from heaven this Mother’s Day… and every day, for the rest of our lives. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the motherless daughters out there. Today is your day too. Celebrate her, start a new tradition, live life to the fullest, and most importantly remember that even through the darkest of days, life still goes on. -Jenna Rose Lowthert

 motyhersmothers day add to blogMy amazing son Chip sent the following to me this morning.  I was quite humbled and I’m so thankful to be his mom!

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05.09.15 A stroll around Angler’s Holiday Mountain Resort – some of it!

life is goodSaturday, May 9, 2015 – Took a nice stroll around the part of this resort where the RVs are parked on Friday.  Children must still be in school because there are very few motor homes and fifth wheels here.  I didn’t go down by the water but plan to soon with Roy there with me.

I love how this place is laid out. You arrive at a higher elevation and then take this concrete curvy road and bridge down to where the RVs are parked.  The bridge looks like it’s crumbling in one place, just like it did 2 years ago, but it must be okay.  With all these heavy vehicles that go over it, it’s still standing.

Where we are located is at a lower elevation (about 30 feet lower) than the entry way, but at a higher elevation than the river/creek (about 15 feet).  The scenery from each parking space is a little different.  I liked where we parked last time and I like where we’re parked this time.  They  have cabins at the higher elevation that would make this a wonderful place for any family to vacation at.

Here’s a whole bunch of pictures of the resort, maybe more than you’d want to see. Please remember that one of the reasons we write this blog is so that we can look back at where we’ve traveled and we want to see lots of photos! These are all from the mid level where we are parked.

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This is the view we see from our RV!
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This is the swinging bridge. It is being rebuilt and will be finished in a few days. We’ll take a good long walk over there then.
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This is the concrete path that we took to get down from the higher elevation to where the RVs park.
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The concrete bridge from a different angle.

We planned to go into town today, hang out in the town square and listen to some folk music pickin but the rain chance went from 0% to 100% so Roy’s off in nap land and I’m playing on the computer watching a Mot

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