Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ozark Folk Center

While in Mountain View, we went to visit the Ozark Folk Center. Really a fascinating place, dedicated to preserving traditional Ozark Mountain crafts and music from the period 1820-1920.

They make a lot of their own instruments, including some out of unusual materials.

The blacksmith demonstrated how to tie a knot in a nail.

The cooper had the best selection of tools, and did a lot more than just make barrels.

Twenty-one different crafts were demonstrated.

This woman was spinning angora from a goat in the pen next to her.

She looked more realistic than some of the other demonstrators.

They didn't include making moonshine in the craft area, but I think they should have.

We were entertained with traditional music from dulcimers and other instruments I didn't recognize. (Click on the arrow to view the video.)


Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

That was an interesting place - I'm glad we went.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diana, your photos are great, clear and show great deal of detail. How is cost of gas affecting your traveling?

6:01 AM  
Blogger sally said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm!! Moonshine!!!:-)

7:37 AM  
Blogger Bob Parker & Donna Huffer said...

Liked the music. Wish you had the receipt now that we are running out of cheap Algodones alcohol.

1:33 PM  

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