Thursday, 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.
We 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.
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!
The 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.
Making 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!
The 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!
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.
Roys outside working on his fly fishing rod so he can do some fishing now that the river’s gone down!
Wednesday, 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.
If 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!
Tuesday, 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! Today’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.
This 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!
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.
I 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.
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!
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!
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.
Upon 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!
The 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.
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.
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.