Secret Life of a Folk Singer

Have you ever wondered what days off are like when we are on tour? No? Really? But now that I have put that thought into your head you are wondering just a little bit, right?

 

As we toured the gulf states toward Texas we scheduled a couple of days off.  Its a wonderful luxury to spend a day or two in a new town. Our days off tend to occur on Mondays and Tuesdays or really any day other than a traditional weekend. So on this particular trip our friend Todd Hoke, a fellow musician and traveler, suggested we might like the town of Ocean Springs Mississippi and specifically pointed us to the Walter Anderson Museum and Shearwater Pottery.

We made it a point to route our trip this way and stayed a couple of nights at the National Seashore. It was a great place for rest and quite. National Seashores and National Forests are pretty fantastic. Like many, this one ran on the honor system. “Wander around and then pick a campsite” their sign urged. Once you pick a site, you put a little notice on the site’s post that conveniently has a clothespin attached. Sooner or later a volunteer will come by to collect your money, but if they don’t you can put your money in the envelopes provided and leave them at the office.  Turns out, visitors to such places are very honest about paying for their site and rather civil in deciding who gets to camp where.

 

We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and decided to walk to Shearwater Pottery and then on into town for lunch and a visit to the museum. It was  a nice walk. The pottery place has an active studio you can look around in and a shop with things for purchase and historical examples of the studio’s work.  I reminded Aidan that we had to carry whatever we bought. As we were leaving the woman behind the counter asked us where we were from, where we staying and what we were doing in town. As it had gotten quite warm out she offered to drive us back to the park, or into town.  We were happy to walk. Eager to see the town slowly as you can only really do on foot.  But what an interesting and unexpected offer from a stranger.

 

That happens a lot out there.  Its why we keep going out there. Its why we keep going. People are amazing. Despite what you might hear in the news, most people are amazing.

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