The Mrs. and I had a lot of choices for what to do this weekend.
There was Octoberfest, down in Addison. If you aren't familiar with Addison, it is a suburb in North Dallas that consists mainly of office buildings and restaurants. Addison generally isn't where people live... it's where they work. Octoberfest in September - to beat out the competition - has always rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. Add to that, the fact that Addison as ZERO German roots or heritage - and what you end up with is an opportunity for lots of yuppies to get together and get obnoxiously drunk.
Not my thing.
There was also the Plano Balloon Festival, in another Dallas Suburb. I've been to that before and it's not too bad. Traffic is pretty hideous though, and how many big hot-air balloons can you look at before you get bored?
No... this weekend definitely called for a more remote and long distance road adventure. We jumped in my truck Saturday morning and headed up north of Sulphur, Oklahoma for the Murray County Antique Tractor and Implement Show.
This thing is really big, for a tractor type show. Lots and lots of antique iron, including some steam engines.
One of the most interesting things to watch was the blacksmith demos. I've done a bit of smithing, in my time. I haven't had a shop set up in several years. I've just about made up my mind to start a new shop out at my Folk's place, if I could just get time to work on it. Seeing the smith's out at the tractor show got my itch fired up again.
These are some animals heads forged out of iron by the blacksmiths:
And these are some knives, many of which were forged from old railroad spikes.
We drank home brewed root beer, had fresh churned ice cream, and ogled lots of cool old stuff before heading home.
The trip back was pretty interesting too. I'll cover it in Part 2 tomorrow.