Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Keystone and Drumming

This morning we went out to Keystone State Park to look over the walking trail and make updates to the instructions. Keystone is one of seven year-round events (YREs) that the Tulsa Walking Club operates. The other YREs are located in Bartlesville, Galena, KS, Jenks, plus three in Tulsa (LaFortune Park, Promenade Mall, and Utica Square). The next scheduled walk will be the Mohawk Park walk in August. Year-round walks can be walked twice a year for credit: once in the first half and once in the second half of the year.

This evening I went to Joe Price’s home for drumming. We each play a doumbek – a short hand drum with a drumhead about 10 inches in diameter. The drum stands about 16 to 18 inches high. There were four of us present: Joe, his wife Lou, Eric, and myself. We have another member, Marva, who could not attend due to having a headache. We often talk more than we play the drum. Someone, usually Marva, has funny stories to tell. In recent weeks we have heard about Marva’s troubles with roofers.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Springfield trip

We took a trip to Springfield last week. We left Sand Springs Wednesday morning and spent the night in The Arbor (motel), which is located just one block from my parents’ apartment. While in Springfield we did one volkswalk and found one geocache. The walk started at Sequiota Park and followed a paved walking trail south to the Springfield Nature Center. At the entrance to the nature center the walk reverses and you go back to the start point.

While in Springfield we ate at the Golden Corral twice, and had breakfast at Shoney’s twice. We went to Springfield Music and looked at duet sheet music. I bought about $20 of sheet music. We left Springfield Saturday morning and drove to Carthage (about 20 miles east of Joplin). We were going to do a 5K walk there but noticed that both walks were 10K. So we chose one of the 10K walks and did it. We spent the night at the Super 8 motel.

The next morning we drove to Broken Arrow and did the 5K walk on the campus of Northeastern State University. This was a scheduled walk -- not a year-round event. After the Broken Arrow walk, we returned home. In three days we managed to get in three volkswalks.