Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
13Trip End Sep 26, 2008
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We took the long way around to get to Harrison, avoiding a scenic route that we heard was a lot of work when driving a motor home or truck/trailer. The route we took included some interstate driving, but the last 100 miles was nice road but a little hilly and twisty. I know that I was arm-tired by the time we arrived at the RV Park at about 5pm. We had reservations, but when we saw the sites, decided to move to better (our definition) spots. The sites we selected are level with grassy areas all around and between us. Rick let me pull in then lined his rig up so that our canopies are about an inch from touching when opened between us, so we have this great covered patio for cooking, eating and lazing around.
On Tuesday we took a trip to the Pea Ridge Civil War battlegroundhttp://www.nps.gov/peri
Tuesday evening was Rick and Robins turn to make the surprise supper. Ruth and I went to Harrison just to kill time and wait for dinner. When we returned, Rick and Robin led us with eyes closed to the picnic table where the surprise waited. We opened our eyes to, guess what? A fondue dinner! None of us could believe that we each chose the same thing to surprise the other couple with. Do we think that much alike? I guess so.
Wednesday was another beautiful day. We spoke to the owners of the park and they suggested a ride down route 7 to the "Grand Canyon" of Arkansas to have lunch at a restaurant that overlooks the canyon. The trip down route 7 is beautiful and confirmed our fears about driving the trailer and motor home on that road. Route 7 is littered with hairpin turns and 7% grades both up and down. To top it off, some of the road is closed and other pieces at the very south end are closed altogether
It is Thursday and we got up early to head for Branson Missouri, home of all that is holy to old farts. Branson is where Andy Williams is in his prime, Jim Stafford is a star, the Lennon sisters are still together and the funniest guy in the world is Yakov Smirnoff. Something like the movie Groundhog Day but starring Lawrence Welk. Branson is about 40 miles from Harrison. We decided to see the Platters show. It was great. About 2 hours of Platters classics and more. They did a Motown review and the gal sang Mary Wells hits. They came out after the show and were real talkative and personable. Altogether, it was a great experience that the four of us all enjoyed. These, of course, are not the original Platters. I think that the name is licensed to them, but the bass singer has been with the group since 1958. We lunched and went into old Branson to find Dick's 5 and 10. What a place. It is like an S.S. Kresge's on steroids.
The weather is cloudy and warmer than the last couple of days; it looks like rain, but we have not heard a forecast.