From Caddo I drove back to Durant. I stopped at Love’s to feed Sweet Pea ($3.499) and then headed to Main Street in hopes of visiting the Three Valley Museum. (It was closed last Wednesday for the founder’s funeral.) This time I was in luck, but since it doesn’t open until 1:00, I had a couple of hours to kill while waiting.
First, I walked a block down the street from the museum to The Fanci Feather, which houses several small vendor shops and a café. I had an early lunch there. Their chicken salad on a croissant with pickle, chips and raspberry tea satisfied the old taste buds to a T. Feeling much refreshed, I browsed all the little shops, but all I bought was a greeting card.
There still was plenty of time before the museum opened; so I walked a few more blocks down Main Street, visiting most of the stores along the way. Finally I crossed the street and slowly made my way back toward the museum. I stopped at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store and bought a can of silicon spray. That was the end of my shopping spree. :>) Killing time is very tiring!
At last, the museum was ready for visitors. It is housed in a former machine shop and has two floors of very nice exhibits. There are special displays by the Choctaw, Caddo and Chickasaw nations. (No Web site yet. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
During its use as a machine shop, the lift carried cars and trucks to the second floor when the first floor became too crowded. It even carried a small airplane – minus wings – from the second floor to the ground floor! The plane had to taken outside so the wings could be attached.
After my tour of the exhibits, I had a very nice conversation with one of the ladies. She works part-time at the museum, her primary function being teaching anthropology at Southeastern State University.
Then it was time to head back to Lake Texoma. Round trip today: 68 miles.