Cross another thing off of my bucket list. A few years ago, I started a bucket list - like most of us have. On the list, one of the items was to ride on a train to Van Buren, Ark. along the Boston Mountains. Well, last Saturday, Tina, myself and a group from Galaxsea Cruises & Tours, Neosho, met up with a coach bus at Walmart in Neosho and departed to Springdale, Ark. for the train station.

Cross another thing off of my bucket list. A few years ago, I started a bucket list - like most of us have. On the list, one of the items was to ride on a train to Van Buren, Ark. along the Boston Mountains. Well, last Saturday, Tina, myself and a group from Galaxsea Cruises & Tours, Neosho, met up with a coach bus at Walmart in Neosho and departed to Springdale, Ark. for the train station.
Once on board the train, we headed south to Van Buren, a two hour trip. Along the way, we got to hear about the history of the train, but also the towns along the way and significance of them. We even went through a tunnel near Winslow. Construction on the tunnel began on Sept. 26, 1881 and was completed in mid 1882 which was 1,702 feet long.
Once we arrived down in Van Buren, there was a craft fair with around 200 vendors ranging from arts and crafts to food vendors and even kids games. Some of the shops were open including a quilt shop that Tina quickly found. it was a neat shop and if I am right on this, the owners recently opened it up on the weekends. For lunch, we went into a restaurant called Oliver's, where there was a wide variety of food including fried green tomatoes (I didn't try them, but that is    something that you don't t see much around here).
We had about three hours to walk around looking at the shops. One of the other shops we went into and could actually spend hours there was a book shop. Both Tina and I enjoy reading and this reminded me of a classy bookstore with books and even a coffee shop. The books were well priced and had a huge -I mean HUGE - variety, something for everyone.
It was a neat experience and I highly suggest for others to go down there - especially on the train.
One of these days, I would like to go back to Van Buren on the train, but stay the night in Van Buren and come back the next day. I'm ready for a road trip.

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.