We’re back, after one night on the road. MIL, Aunt E, my Mom and I took off for Branson, Mo. yesterday (Friday) to see The Dixie Stampede. Aunt E (like me!) has a life-long love of horses. We thought she’d enjoy seeing the Stampede, which is performed mostly on horseback. We had a grand time, meandering up through North Arkansas and back.
Is it okay for me to say that I don’t particularly like Branson? We had fun taking Aunt E to the Stampede, alright, but I just find Branson, itself, a bit kitschy…well, more than a bit. But we enjoyed zipping in and seeing the show and zipping out.
We came back down through Eureka Springs to drive around and see all the Victorian homes. The hilly, cobbled walking is a bit much for my octogenarian travel mates, so we toured in the car but still had a grand time doing it. Here is some of what we saw!
Eureka Springs was the perfect place for Aunt E to find a couple little souvenirs for her friends back East.
We even drove up to view the area where the Passion Play is performed and there are scaled-down recreations of the Jerusalem Old City wall, etc. We drove by to see the Christ of the Ozarks Statue. Let me ask again: Is it okay for me to say that I loathe this particular piece of statuary? Can one even call it that? I think it may be one of the ugliest attempts at art I have ever seen..and, for something that really ought to be hidden away, it’s so danged big!! My brother-in-law calls it “The Chalk Monster,” and I’m with him…
We meandered back yesterday, oohing and aaahing over the beautiful Arkansas landscape, spotting out scenic old barns and purusing produce stands for fresh peaches (success!) and local watermelons (we’re too early). We crossed back to our side of the Arkansas River at Toad Suck Dam, loving telling Aunt E the name of that place!
In all, we had a successful, fun trip. I think it was uniquely female in character—mostly looking, little action, which was just fine with all of us!
Glad to have my own bed last night (what does that say?)…C