Checking in from Lake O’ the Pines …
On Wednesday, May 16, I walked into Jefferson, TX where our RV was parked at the Tourism Office. On the way into town, Carolyn Cerda, a reporter from the ABC affiliate in Shreveport (KTBS), met me and recorded an interview. Publicity for Heart Trek USA is always appreciated to help promote heart healthy exercise and hopefully raise funds for the American Heart Association. All media coverage can be linked to by clicking on box at top of website page; provided we could obtain a link.
Jefferson is such an interesting town that I took an afternoon off so that Brenda and I could visit the sights, all of which are within walking distance. The town has many historic sites and original and attractive shops including a throw-back country store with a working soda fountain. Jefferson, a town of just 2,100, boasts 34 B and B’s (bed and breakfast) and is known as the “most haunted small town in America.” It is a frequent destination for serious ghost hunters and paranormal investigators who claim to have documented evidence of the town’s spirits. There are also several very good restaurants including one we tried called Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwiches. Unique and tasty.
Wednesday evening, we were invited by our new friend, Paula Youngblood from the Tourism Office, to a covered dish dinner at First United Methodist Church. The home cooking was great but the hospitality was even better. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and interested in my journey. Several made contributions to AHA. We met Paula’s parents. Her father, Milton Bass, who will soon be 90 years of age, was scheduled for an angiogram on Thursday. He showed us around the church and even insisted on ringing the church bell for us. This bell with its beautiful tone was created in 1858 from 1,500 melted Mexican silver dollars. Milton has been ringing the bell for 76 years. We learned Thursday afternoon that Milton had heart surgery but was recovering nicely. God bless Milton and all our new friends, especially Paula and Jeff Campbell, who do such a great job at the Tourism Office promoting Jefferson. I’d have to say that Jefferson, Texas may be our favorite stop so far on our trek across the country. And that’s not false praise as we have really enjoyed many towns.
Early Thursday morning, I participated by Skype in an Executive Breakfast hosted by the Triangle Chapter of the American Heart Association. I described the motivation for my journey and encouraged the 70+ executives in attendance to get their companies and their staff involved with the Triangle Heart Walk. Since I could not get feedback during the presentation, I can only hope that it had a positive impact.
Leaving Jefferson on Thursday, I walked along the north shore of lovely Lake O’ the Pines where our RV is parked at a nice Corps of Engineers Recreation Area. Near the end of the day, I finished my 1,500th mile. That’s the halfway mark—I hope! It’s been a great adventure so far. Looking forward to seeing what’s out there in the western half of this great country. Here is our projected schedule for the next few days:
Friday, May 18 … to Gilmer, TX
Saturday, May 19 … to Quitman, TX
Sunday, May 20 … to Alba, TX