Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gone Exploring

With no major plans for the weekend, Ron suggested we go exploring on Saturday. After getting a few things done around the house, we set out a little before noon and drove over to Carthage first. We stopped for a catfish lunch, then drove a few miles down the road to Jonesville, where we found T. C. Lindsey's & Co., a general store that has been in operation since 1847. There really isn't much of anything else in Jonesville, but it was a fun stop.

Walking through the front door was like taking a step back in time. 
While there were new items for sale, there were also some rooms that seemed to be completely untouched since their last sale, which was likely in the 60's or 70's.
It was fun to look through their historic items, as well.
Naturally, Ron enjoyed the guns hanging overhead.
There was a little bit of everything---including hornet nests. If you know our story, you know that always conjures up a laugh between the two of us.
Leaving Jonesville, we drove to Jefferson for a bit of antique-ing. It was a warm day, but many of the antique shops had no A/C, which made them almost unbearable.
We didn't buy much of anything there, but it was fun to look.
I did sweat through one shop and found this cute basket purse for a steal. I think it will be perfect to corral some of my painting goodies.

Our next stop was at Caddo Lake State Park, near Karnack. Once we got to the boat launch, I realized that this is the place I learned to water-ski many years ago. I went with a couple of my older brother's friends for a day on their boat and they taught me to ski. I had completely forgotten where we were until I saw the "river" there. 
We wandered around a bit, then checked out the campsites, visitor's center and such.
The large cypress trees made it feel like a typical Louisiana park.
The cypress knees that stuck up from the ground reminded me of gatherings of gnomes or something.
Sometimes you need to just put work, housework and other stuff on hold for a while and spend time soaking up your surroundings. Even better, we got home just as before the storms began rolling through our area.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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