Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
There are a lot of fancy house at the edge of the lake. This one, barely visible through the trees, has been converted to a bed and breakfast.
After the chilly ride on the lake we warm up with hot chocolate and a game of tic-tac-toe.
Marley turns to say "Come on Pops," but I'm too fat to dig for diamonds. Grandma and Hunter may be on the verge of finding something.
Cleaning the tools afterward.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
We start the Talimena Drive, a scenic 54 mile stretch of highway that climbs along the ridges of two mountains with wonderful views on each side. It starts near Talahina, OK. and ends at Mena, AR.
I love steam locomotives. We found this one on display at the top of Rich Mountain in the Queen Wilhelmina State Park.
I was born too late. The perfect career would have been as an engineer on a steam locomotive.
The Queen Wilhelmina Lodge was opened in 1898. It was named after Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands who was crowned the same year in hopes that she would honor them with a visit. She didn't.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The runes are believed to have been carved into a slab of rock 12 ft high, eight feet wide, and 16 inches thick. If Vikings actually did the carving then they would have had to travel south around Florida, across the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi River to the Arkansas River to arrive at what is now Heavener, OK. They've been examined by scientists and the runes have been dated to an alphabet that the Vikings used around 700 AD. Most scientists believe the Vikings never traveled south of Long Island, NY. If my fellow blogger and archeologist Dawn ever makes the trip to the site, I would like to hear her opinion. It's necessary to hike down a steep stone stairway to arrive at the stone, but it's worth the effort.
these runestones are behind glass so I enhanced them in Photoshop.
Hunter found a place to slide. We had to take special care to prevent him from wandering over the cliff.
Looking back up from whence we came.
Marley heads back up the stairs. It was a hundred yards down into the ravine and two hundred back.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Our first stop was at the Spiro Mounds Archeological Park. At this site are 12 mounds that contain evidence of an Indian culture that occupied the area from 850 a.d. to 1450 a.d. The Mounds are thought to be one of the four most important prehistoric Indian sites east of the Rocky Mountains.
Spiro was a center of commerce where the chiefs regulated trade between the Plains Indian tribes and the tribes east of the Mississippi. To learn more you can click here
Hunter examines a recreation of a carved canoe. This is not a good photo, but I included it because of the beauty and craftmanship. It reminds me of scrimshaw. This is a fragment of pottery.
A ceremonial pipe use to smoke "sacred" tobacco.
This is a recreation of the typical indian home of that era.
Marley and Hunter explore the interior.
This is the site where the elite of the village lived.