Larry & Myra Markley (22602)
Arkansas State Directors
Every trip to Blanchard Caverns brings new delights, this visit to the caverns was no exception. After many hot days in Arkansas, the 58 degrees in the cavern was a welcome treat. While the clouds were bringing rain to the area above ground, several rooms in the cavern were alive with bats soaring through the air. On previous visits, the bats stayed much deeper in the cave but during our rally tour, they were very active while graciously keeping their distance.
It was so nice to share the beauty of this Arkansas wonder with our Newmar friends.
Our rally dinner was held at the Skillet restaurant at the state park. We couldn’t have had a more delightful and fun waitress. It made for a wonderful meal before making our way to the Club Possum where we had reserved seating, center stage. The fun continued as we enjoyed great music from the Pam Setzer show. Pam and her band brought the stage alive with their musical talents. Pam’s cousin and base fiddle player was, without doubt, one of the most talented vocalists I have heard. She has such an effortless quality to her voice. Not only do the musicians and residents of Mountain View provide great entertainment but they also support and encourage school aged kids to discover and grow their musical talents.
On Saturday, the rains gave way to much cooler weather making it a wonderful time to visit the Ozark Folk Center. The shop owners were all so friendly and willing to share their skills and stories with everyone that entered their doors. No trip to this area of Arkansas, during the summer, would be complete without a watermelon feed with locally grown Cave City watermelons and an evening of listening to locals picking and jamming on the lawns of the town square.
As this is written, our focus is to get ready for the International Rally in Sedalia, Missouri. Hope we saw many of our Arkansas Razorback Kountry Klub members there.
We can be reached at either Markleynkk@gmail.com or 479-903-1327.