Incidentally, it doesn't involve Randy Travis. Sorry.
But it does involve a catfish pond, a pumpkin thief, a tiny graveyard hidden deep in the Ozark Mountains, and a van full of crazy ladies. And an entire barrel of fun.
That part bears repeating--A barrel-full. Of fun. I feel I've made my point.
With me at the wheel, we headed south toward Arkansas--well, most of us did. We picked up Julia along the way.
Julia and her husband, David, live not far across the state line, so we made their home our home base. They said they didn't mind...
Good thing, too, because I love visiting Julia. There's lot's of fun things to do at her house.
Julia and David own and operate the shop, One Man's Treasure, which is a fantastic treasure trove of antiques and nostalgia items located on Hwy 65 not far from Harrison, Ark. Every time I visit, they bring out their latest finds and let me ooh and aah over them. I'm really good at that.
Just kidding. This is her cute little cabin, nestled in the woods, near the banks of a catfish pond.
Mornings at Julia's house are spent sitting by the catfish pond, drinking coffee, tossing crackers to the fish, and letting your troubles float away. Even though it was rainy, I wasn't gonna miss out on this. It was so relaxing.
At least it was until we realized we had a pumpkin thief in our midst...
The dust was flying, or it would have been if it hadn't been raining.
Here's the pumpkins he was thieving from...see the bite marks?
Outlaws will try to get away with anything!!
But they're fun to have around.
Except ours was a little more modern. It had a pipe.
Reaching our destination sparked a wealth of speculation that transported us back to the days of Model T's, moonshine stills, railroad camps, and smoke-filled taverns. It was a world where life was hard, disappearing was easy, and survival was all that mattered--to some, at least.
But it all comes to an end sometime...no pun intended. But it did seem fitting that a graveyard was where we reached the end of our quest.
Sort of. If we could only figure out how he ended up there...it's such a mystery.