Looks like the monsoon season has struck. Its supposed to be 60% rain monday and tuesday, then clear off wednesday, with just the normal 20% rain chance for this time of year. Thursday and friday are the main days anyway, if you are buying. I got the trailer there today, so Ill have a place to sleep. I was going to take the second load up tomorrow, but it may be tuesday instead. The photo is my trailer, so anyone coming to the meet, look for the Outback trailer with the rear slide out, and stop by for a visit. (Im hard to catch at the spaces till the evening, because I can not sit still for long. (someone may beat me to a treasure) The photo also shows my truck sitting stuck in the creek. The wet grass and mud is just like ice. I had to have someone pull it out. It was buried up to the center of the wheels by the time we got it out. When I left, the museum staff had both tractors out, and going from place to place pulling the vendors onto their spaces. Almost everyone was getting stuck. Mostly stuck on level ground and about 2 inches deep .... I see a "mud fest" come on by and join the fun ...
Makes me think of dear old Pate. I should be there Friday/Saturday. Just shopping this time.
Steve: remember that it will be over by noon Saturday, and everyone is packing to go home. But some good deals can be had at packup time if it has not already sold. This is not the first rainy muddy meet. If you look at my pickup in the photo above. I have see the creek high enough to cover the license plate on the back of my truck, and also have water as high as the wooden block my trailer tongue jack is sitting on. Also the entire green grass area between my pickup and the white pickup was knee deep in water.
Rain has stopped for now. My satellite dish can't see through the trees, and my digital antenna keeps freezing, so, I can't check on the weather except on my wife's phone. My only transportation around the mountain is a T touring or a motorcycle and I don't like to operate either in the rain. Still a wonderful vacation spot! Donnie, I sent you a PM earlier. Mike W. and Paul--when are ya'll arriving?
I saw on tv last night a huge squall line headed your way. Duck and cover.
I was thinking about you driving through Petit Jean and getting attacked by the snake when I arrived Sat and rode my motorcycle to the swap meet area. I won't tell my wife that story or she'd never ride here.
Just don't drive close to the edge of the road, Mike.
You should be able to see the wx coming on cnn.com or your favorite news channel. Here's Russellville from NWS:
90% Heavy Rain
High: 78 °F
Heavy Rain Chance for Measurable Precipitation 90%
Low: 63 °F
Thunderstorms Likely Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
High: 77 °F
The catch is that as you get closer to the actual day the forecast often changes radically.
Donnie it looks like you lost control there and the tree 'caught' your truck. =)
Seth, Looks like I hit the tree but Im still 10 to 15 feet from it. By the time they pulled me out I was about 6 inches from the tree, The truck just kept going down the creek. We finally had the winch pulling almost straight sideways when it finally came out. The problem is the wet grass, and wet moss on the ground, Then the clay soil all turns to a grease like substance and you just slide around like on ice. Or it just sits there and spins. It will dry out in a few hours because the drainage is good. Its just part of the "Fun" of the Petitt Jean Swap Meet.. The weather is looking like it will be OK for most of the "good" days. Ill be there tomorrow morning and be there till its over ..... "Ya'll come on down now, Ya hear"
Paul and I will be driving T's there from Fayetteville either Wed. or Thur., depending upon the weather. Since I don't currently have a T on the road, the fellow I sold my '15 Touring to is graciously going to let me borrow that car for a few days. Paul will be driving his '14 Touring, so we should turn a few heads on the way.
Is the other guy with the T p/u coming?
Yes -- That's JD Foster. He'll be driving down on Wed. to secure the cabin for us. Or is that ussins? Us'ns?
Mike Us'ns is correct as you are using it. (a group with you included) You'ns would be for a group without including yourself. I am a born in the hills raised in the hills real deal Arkansas hillbilly and proud of it ..... The slang that we (myself included) poke fun at today was real hill folk dialect. I was raised speaking a lot of it. I consider myself part of the very last "hillbilly speaking" group of people. By the time I was around the true isolation of the people living in the hills was coming to a end. The end came with WW2 and a lot of hill folks left for the war. It just changed how people looked at the world around here. It took years, and with good roads and electric, we moved into the modern world .... for better or worse ....
When you reach a certain age everything reminds you of something else. Hill folk dialect takes me back to this movie I saw as a wee kiddo. Things went badly for Spanky McFarland.
Paul and I took advantage of a break in the rain this afternoon to go to Van Buren and pick up the '15. We'll take care of a few maintenance issues and last-minute shopping tomorrow, then we and JD will drive T's to PJ on Wed. The weather prognosticators are predicting that Wed. will be the nicest day this week.
Hmmmm.... spellcheck didn't like the word prognosticators. Go figure. It also didn't like the word spellcheck.
Bring lots of $$$$$. As I came back from town yesterday, I saw a high hood roadster p/u on a trailer in the swap meet area.
Paul and I took our cars to my shop today for a little pre-flight maintenance.
Here's Paul with oilcan in hand:
JD came by and lent a hand but drove modern today. We'll be leaving Fayetteville about 9 in the morning on our way to PJ.
We'll see y'all there!