And she did.
This would actually be a pretty neat hobby that could be done while travelling in a motorhome. To do the basic stuff, you really just need a propane/oxygen torch kit, and the raw materials which would include some glass tubes and rods, and some colored powders. But I can see where it would take a lot of practice to get the items to turn out as attractive as the ones she produces now.
First, the glass is heated to the point where you can stretch the tube and it becomes a pipe about the size of a plastic straw. This is the part that you would end up blowing in, in order to have the glass expand at the other end.
Then, you can decorate the finished end with other different colored glass, or powder that melts and fuses to the glass to make different designs.
Once the colors meld together, the glass starts to take on a very cool appearance!
Here are some of the pendants she makes and sells. You can see more at her website here…
We said our goodbyes, and hopefully we will meet up with Lana and Wayne again sometime.
Heading out of Memphis, Ruth got a good picture of the Pyramid. This structure used to be where the Memphis basketball team played, but has been sitting empty for a few years. Rumour has it that a Bass Pro Shops will be opening there next year. A bit of trivia, this is the 6th largest man-made pyramid in the world.
It was a pretty uneventful drive into Arkansas, a state which neither one of us has ever been to. I have to say, that the part we drove in today did not give us any reason to return. We did have a bit of a plan…we were heading for the town of De Valls Bluff because we had been told about “the pie lady”, an older woman who sells homemade pies out of a shack at the side of the road. I even looked it up online, and she’s become quite popular. But we didn’t see her, or her shack, and I think it was because we had got off the interstate highway quite a bit before the town, so the route we took into town didn’t go by her shack. And we didn’t see anywhere worth stopping for the night so just continued on.
Online, we had found a municipal park and campground in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (pop 56,000). It looked like a nice spot, and reviews said that it was $14 for water and electric. No tenting sites, just RV’s.
But when I was looking online at reasons to go to Pine Bluff, I came across quite a few websites that proclaimed Pine Bluff, AR to be “the most dangerous city in the U.S.” and “highest crime rate in North America”. One site said that Pine Bluff, AR made Gary, Indiana look like paradise. Oh well, we’re always up for a new adventure!
Our route to the Pine Bluff Regional Park didn’t take us through town, so we haven’t seen the town yet. But the park itself is really pretty nice. There’s a golf course on one side and a model airplane flying field near the entrance. Further on is the boat launch and picnic area, and then the RV park. There are 52 sites, all with a paved pad and water and electric service. The hookups are older, but there is even a 50 amp plug at our site. We would say that nearly half of the sites are being used by locals who are actually living here for $300 per month. Our site did cost $14 for the night, and we were happy with that.
We took Whiskey for a walk after we got set up at our site. They have made some pretty fancy preparations for Christmas lights in this park, and we wish we could have seen it all lit up.
Slept fine, and now headed out of Pine Bluff. Haven't seen any heads rolling or anything. Pine Bluff seemed a little rundown, but not any more so than many other places we've seen.
Headed to a State Park for tonight.