This morning by 10:00 I was on my way to Canton for the Lazy Dazers South Central rally. I made several brief stops and still arrived early in the afternoon.
On the way I saw a lot of wildflowers in small patches. The closer to Canton I came, I noticed some of the damage caused by the storm that moved through the area three days ago. There were large trees totally uprooted, as well as branches and tops of trees broken off. There was also standing water in low places. A few miles from Canton, I saw a house with large trees on top of it, which caved in the roof. This was the same storm that spawned the destructive tornadoes in the Southeast, particularly in Mississippi.
Tonight we had our traditional finger foods supper in the Pavilion. Then our hosts told us about area activities, particularly the First Monday Trade Days. Afterwards, Ellan, Deanna, Mary Ann and I played a game of Chicken Foot.
The Pavilion is very nice but it was a bit chilly due to the wind.
Canton is a nice little city. Shortly after its founding in 1850, judges began holding court on the first Monday of each month. That event was attended by large numbers of people in the area; so it was common for auctions, trading and selling to be conducted. In the beginning it was called “Hoss Monday” but within a few years it expanded to include all kinds of goods. In 1965 the City of Canton purchased the grounds for the monthly event. It is still called “First Monday Trade Days” even though it now begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday.
Canton is the county seat of Van Zandt County. The county was named for Isaac Van Zandt (1813-1847), who was a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas 1841-42 and Charge d'Affaires to the United States 1842-44. He died at the age of 34, while his wife, Frances Cupscomb, lived to age 84. The current county courthouse, built in 1937, is the sixth building to serve as the courthouse.
Route: I-35 N to Bellmead => US 84 E => TX 31 NE to Athens => TX 19 N to Canton
Total Miles Driven: 226
Weather Conditions: Sunny and dry
Road Conditions: Good
Gasoline Price: $2.779 at Jarrell; $2.669 at H-E-B in Waco
RV Park: Mill Creek Ranch Resort www.millcreekranchresort.com
Park Conditions: Very nice; on 200 acres with nature trail and several ponds. Large pull-throughs. Staff very nice and helpful. Prices $10/day higher during First Monday Trade Days.
Most of the group went shopping at First Monday Trade Days (www.firstmondaycanton.com). I just took the courtesy van to see the shopping areas and back to the campground. That was as close as I would get to shopping. :>)
Tonight we had a regular potluck dinner. After dinner those that shopped told us about some of their purchases. Then we had a demonstration of self defense moves by Henry and Ellan. They also discussed ways to avoid being a victim in the first place. Afterwards we were entertained by Betty Scott playing several pieces on her folk harp. She has won several competitions.
To top off the evening Ellan, Deanna, Mary Ann and I played a couple games of Chicken Foot.
This morning Joyce Glivinski, Mel and Joyce Grimm (with their three dogs) and I went walking on the nature trail. We passed by some of the cottages along the way. They are very nice.
Before dinner we all gathered by the Pavilion for our group picture. For dinner, we all brought an entree to grill and ingredients for a “dump salad”. Everything was delicious.
After dinner we had a short business meeting to discuss plans for our next rally in Tyler this fall and to draw for door prizes. I received a mobile of leaves and parrots from Costa Rica.
Right before the meeting and a couple of times afterwards, we had some heavy but short rain showers. Some of the people had left their windows open so they had to dash out into the rain to close them. Some grabbed the plastic table cloths off the tables to use for rain coats!
Today the women had lunch at the Tea Room on the Square, which is very nice. I had a half veggie sandwich with potato salad, soup and their special almond tea. That was my first taste of almond tea. It was a bit too sweet for my taste. The owner of the restaurant also owns a boutique on the square. She had a style show especially for us and offered a 20% discount to our group. The clothes and accessories were very nice.
The men had their lunch at Ochoa’s Mexican Restaurant.
Tonight we had a barbecue dinner and live music provided by the Mill Creek Ranch Resort. All we had to do was show up. Everyone else in the resort could participate, too. We sat outside under the big trees.
After we had finished eating we went to the Dairy Palace for Blue Bell ice cream. I tried a new flavor, Tin Roof, in a waffle cone which I really enjoyed. This was our last official activity for this rally.
It has been a good rally, even with the occasional showers. We had 15 rigs and 27 participants.