Larry Harbour lives in Burleson, Texas, and he has a fabulous collection that has taken years of untold hours to build. This past week, Larry traveled to his lease near Barksdale, Texas, polulation 706. Did you know that the real arrowhead hunters pay for leases just as do the deer hunters? Well, Larry made the trip to the lease and spent the weekend shaking dirt.
He didn’t have the killer luck that he seems to have more often than not. However, to someone like me, his finds look pretty darn good. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of his arrowheads and hearing about his weekend as well.
First of all, if you are going to be a “real” south Texas arrowhead hunter, you can’t think of your hunts as a vacation, and you sure can’t exect the Ritz, or even the Motel 6, out in these remote areas.
In Larry’s case, the motel he chose in Barksdale (Oh, wait. It’s the only one in Barksdale!) is the Nueces River Motel.
Now, the motel doesn’t offer much in the way of conveniences. In fact, Roger Miller was only partially right when he said, “No phone, no pool, no pets” because at the Nueces River Motel you also will find no television, no pillowtop mattress, and certainly no Internet service. Oh, and you’ll need to bring your own shampoo.
What you will find at the Nueces is a petite Octogenarian named Gerry. She owns the place, and she’s run it well for the past forty-four years. You also need not be surprised if you suddenly find yourself feeling like you’ve dropped into Grandma’s house.
With her flower garden and pot plants gracing the long porch where there are plenty of places to sit and rest, you might just find yourself walking down memory lane more than once, and should you happen to go for a walk about 4:00 a.m. you will find three beautiful cats on watch, maybe even all in a row.
And…if you are one of the lucky ones who happen to be offered a piece of chocolate cake…well, it’s good is all I will say!
Now, as to the hunt, you will need to get an early start so that at least part of your day begins without the blazing Texas sun. Unfortunately, whether you can find breakfast very early in Barksdale is iffy, to say the least. However, if you make the five-mile drive to Camp Wood, you should find Mary’s ready with some bacon and eggs.
And then, it’s off to the hunt! Larry is a serious hunter, and the following photos will offer you a glimpse into just how he does it.
So, I suppose the question is whether or not this much work is worth it or not, right? It must be to Larry Harbour who has been hunting arrowheads like this over and over for a lot of years.