Monday, September 29, 2014

Saturday September 27, 2014-Big Red Barn, Carthage MO

The rally is going very well, with a nice breakfast of coffee and sweet rolls and muffins in the rally hall. It has been nice meet new friends and to see old ones at these rallies. Our friends from Texas, Dave and Nancy & Mike and Peg went with us to see the Carthage Civil War Museum in downtown Carthage. It was a very interesting display of old items and write-ups of battles and many other facets of the war. 

Carthage was the scene of many battles and skirmishes during the war including two "Battles of Carthage". 

This model is of one of the battles of Carthage. It is interesting to note that the armies lined up in the open to fight against each other, with no cover. Of course, in those days there was no armor, and if you were wounded there was a very good chance that you would not survive.

The huge county courthouse, located on the town square. As you can see, there were vegetable and fruit stands along the street. I'm not sure if this is a daily or weekly event, but we did buy some tomatoes. 

It was refreshing to see small town America again, with people not locking their cars and leaving the windows open while they shopped. We grabbed a bite to eat at the Carthage Deli, a downtown square restaurant for 35 years. There was a lot of referrals to Route 66, which ran through Carthage. We drove a small section of the legendary road.

Saturday night was another delicious potluck,and of course, everyone pigged out and ate too much.I am proud of the fact that I haven't gained a ton of weight this summer, going to all the rallies and the potlucks, and have even managed to lose a few pounds, but after this meal, I'm not so sure about how much I've lost. We'll see...

So long.

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