Today has been beautiful, a perfect fall day with the temperature reaching into the sixties and a pleasant breeze gently carrying fall leaves to the ground. Valerie and I (and little Rosie) went on a drive-about which took us to some clear Ozark streams and two historic old mills: Hodgson and Dawt. Rosie does really well on these little excursions. She likes to run along beside the streams and make us think that she is preparing to jump in. I could give a rip, but it concerns Valerie.
Hodgson Mill is still operational, though it wasn't operating either time that I have been there. I can remember Hodgson's Mill Flour on the grocery shelves in Noel when I was growing up. Dawt Mill on the White River is now a tourist camp with a hotel, small cabins, and a couple of restaurants. None of it was open today, but Valerie did talk a maintenance worker into opening the gift shop so we could look around. (I bought a jar of Concord grape jam - you just can't beat Ozark Concord grapes!)
The other interesting thing that we did today was to tour the West Plains Civic Center. A couple of very nice people showed us most of the facility and told us lots about upcoming events. I was looking for an exercise facility and believe that theirs - which is manned by Missouri State University - will do nicely. (A couple of weeks ago I had a snit fit and quit the cardiac rehab program at the hospital - and my blood sugar has been climbing ever since. At the time I left, I was walking 3.15 miles three times a week. Got to get back into it!)
(Why I quit cardiac rehab is a blog post in its own right. Look for it here soon!)
We saw gas advertised several places today for less than two-and-a-half dollars a gallon. I credit the President for the falling prices. I don't really know if he had anything to do with it or not, but if gas were five dollars a gallon, the conservative bobble-heads would be going into full-steam-scream mode in blaming him! So thanks, Big O. The cheap gas is much appreciated!
Tomorrow we are talking about going to Branson - another beautiful drive.