I spent the weekend as a Viking once more. The Heavener Runestone Viking and Celtic Festival was held at the Heavener Runestone Park again this weekend. There were vendors and performers; I met people from everywhere and enjoyed the weather.
We woke up to fog both mornings in the lake outside our cabin at Long Lake Resort where we stayed. I left their gift shop a few of my books to sell sitting alongside many other artists and craftsman.
As we traveled up the mountain, we ran into low-lying fog, but clear at the top. The mornings were a cool 42 degrees and warmed to 74 by afternoon. A light mist fell for a short period, then it cleared to blue skies and sunshine.
Kids sword played in the forest and food trucks kept us fed. Lorelei Sawtelle and Vinita Eggers came by to see me and I sold a few books and gave away some rocks with the sign of Thor. I was under the pavilion this time and next to some wonderful artisans with jewelry, handmade dulcimers and harps, and crafts of all kinds. I have no idea how many people attended but the forest was a constant movement of people, dogs, birds of prey, and even a horse or two.
The forest has not brought out its autumn best yet in the color of the trees. That will take another couple of weeks, but with the rains and cool nights, the fall should be spectacular. Check out the park at Heavener, OK near Poteau and the Talimena Drive. Next weekend they have a balloon fest. It is a great time to travel to southeast Oklahoma. And you might run into a Viking or two.