Harrison, AR

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
Trip End Sep 26, 2008

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Harrison Village RV Park

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Harrison Village RV Park, Harrison, AR; Monday (9/15), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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 battleground. They have a great visitor center with displays and a movie to tell about the battle and surrounding area. It was really well done and informative. We took the 7 mile drive with 10 interpretive stops to see the battlefield and read about the troop movements. There are many cannon and split-rail fences that help define the positions of the troop during the battles and skirmishes that made up the whole event in 1862. http://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. By the way, both the lunch and the views were great. On the way back to Harrison, we went to Mystic Caverns, a privately owned access to two caves in the hills about 8 miles from Harrison. Very impressive! We have seen several privately owned caves and these are by far the best we have seen. The guides were fun, informative and personable. Both caves are still "alive". That is, there is enough moisture to keep some of the features growing. Most caves, when opened to the public "die" and dry up, never adding new stalactites etc. but not these.
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.
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