Branson,MO Saturday Nov. 2
We have settled in for one week in Branson Missouri. We purchased a week at the Welk resort timeshare. So far it seems very nice, including two gas fireplaces. Laundry has been done, unpacking has been accomplished, we had our first meal of peanut butter and crackers. Tomorrow we will check out their pool and water play area. But, we did acquiesce and agreed to a two hour timeshare presentation in order to get $100 worth of meal vouchers at an expensive brunch on Sunday afternoon. It was at the Chateau restaurant which had come highly recommended to us.
Our drive from Van Buren Arkansas to Branson continued through the Ozark National Forest and Boston Mountains. I must say we have seen very few motorcyclists. I had expected to see quite a number.
Our first stop was at Devil’s Den State Park. (Every time I hear Devils Den, I think of Gettysburg and the ferocious fighting that occurred there during the Civil War.) The park was quite popular today. People were out hiking and enjoying the fall colors. People here and throughout MO and AR have been very pleasant. We took a hour-long hike and saw the den and twin falls. Twin falls were more like a trickle.
Chris had read about a barbecue joint in Fayetteville Arkansas. We took a chance on it. Chance due to unknown quality of the food and a chance due to this day being a home game for University of Arkansas which plays in Fayetteville. The crowd was manageable with both Hogs (Arkansas) and Tigers (Auburn) present. The food was okay with a very long wait even though the food was basic. You order from your booth via a phone and the staff brings the food to you. Worthwhile experience.
Our drive to Branson brought us through Eureka Springs once again. This trip we drove through the historic downtown. Like Fayetteville, it too was very crowded. A warm fall day brings out the travelers. Sometime next week we expect to return and spend more time here.
We may be reaching the end of fall colors. It certainly can vary from area to area but we are seeing less dramatic color now in Missouri as we move north.
Nothing much else to report. Don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight.
Ed and Chris Nov. 2 11 pm (almost 10 pm)