We indulged a bit and bought a stained glass window for our door. We’ve seen them at many of the rally’s that we’ve been too and always wanted to get one and this time we finally took the plunge. They have all kinds of designs…colored or non-colored…whimsical or more serious. We went with a non-colored design.
Michael got it installed fairly easily, however, there was a bit of a hold up when Michael noticed something going on over at another coach and had to go find out what was going on. He told me, “I’ll be right back”…his ‘right back’ turned out to be 45 minutes…but that’s kinda how things go at these rally’s!
We had an appetizer Meet & Greet from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. I made taco dip and brought chips to go with it. As usual, there were a LOT of offerings to graze on while we visited with old and new friends alike. We ended up sticking around for 4 hours chatting.
There were drawings for door prizes for tickets to area shows that I think everyone got some sort of something. We received 2 tickets to ‘Jerusalem‘ at the Hughes Brothers Theater…unfortunately the show only runs from November to December so we won’t be able to utilize them so we’ll find someone who lives in the area or will be in the area at that time that can use them.
We set the day aside for some sight-seeing. We took a drive down to Eureka Springs, Arkansas…about 50 miles to our southwest. Unfortunately, it started raining shortly before we left and continued for the entire drive but finally started to slow down when we arrived at our first stop and quit completely shortly after we started our tour.
Our first stop was Quigley’s Castle, billed as the Ozarks Strangest Dwelling. Mrs. Quigley designed the home and when her husband didn’t begin building it in a timely manner she and her children tore down the house they were living while Mr. Quigley was at work one day…giving him no choice but to start building the new home.
She designed the home so that there was 4 feet of earth between the walls and the 1st floor so that she could grow plants that grow up to the 2nd floor. She also used rocks, fossils and gems she collected for many years to decorate the outside of the house and various objects in the beautiful gardens she planted around the home.
Next on the agenda was the Fresh Harvest tasting room for olive oils and balsamic vinegars. A very cool place! We sampled several different olive oils and vinegars, got quite an education regarding both and even brought 3 home – a garlic infused extra virgin olive oil and can’t wait to cook with, white peach balsamic vinegar and blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar. The balsamic’s should be great as marinades or even salad dressing…can’t wait to give ’em a try!
We stopped for lunch at the Highway 62 Diner and were the only customers there at the noon hour so we were a bit skeptical but our sandwiches (French dip for me & a Philly for Michael) were pretty tasty.
Our next stop was two stops in one with a bonus too! We first stopped at the Christ of the Ozarks statue that stands 67 feet tall, perched 1500 feet above Eureka Springs. Built in 1966, the statue is starting to show his age and renovations are underway but they are costly and slow coming.
Just down the road from the statue is a small chapel where a 10×10 piece of the Berlin Wall has found a home. This is the 2nd piece of the Berlin Wall we have come across in our travels. Hard to comprehend what the 103 mile wall was like as it stood, separating Germany’s capital for so many years.
Our bonus quick stop was that we were able to stand at the top of the Passion Play theater and view the awesome set they have put together. We’d really like to go to the Passion Play but they will have to be another trip as they don’t start performances until May.
Our last stop of the day was at Thorncrown Chapel. I’d first glimpsed the chapel on an episode of “19 Kids & Counting” and thought it was beautiful and now that I’ve seen it in person I’ve confirmed that it really is! The setting that surrounds the class chapel makes it a magical place.
We were back home in time for me to put together a Red, White & Blue trifle for the rally potluck at 6:00 pm. As with any other rally potlucks the offerings we many…and everything was yummy!
We started our day with breakfast supplied by the Heartland Owner’s club and cooked by several of the attendees. Jay & Stella put on an awesome array – scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage patties, biscuits, gravy, salsa, jelly, orange juice and coffee. A great way to start the day!
Michael went to a couple of seminars in the afternoon while I stayed home to finish up some laundry, do a couple of other chores and enjoy some ‘Me’ time.
At 5:30 pm we all got together to enjoy a catered meal, once again, supplied by the owners club. It was a southern inspired meal with chicken fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, green beans, corn, salad, dinner rolls and apple cobbler for dessert. The food was plentiful and very tasty!
At 7:00 pm we were treated to the entertainment of John Sager. We’d been to one of John’s show’s down in the valley in January of 2013 and really enjoyed his performance. This performance was just as good…he’s an excellent singer, full of humor and really puts on a great show. If you ever get a chance to see him either in the Rio Grande Valley or at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner here in Branson (Monday – Wednesday 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm)…do it!
We had a great few days here in Branson with our Heartland family but all rally’s must come to an end. We’ll be leaving tomorrow morning and heading west to Wichita for a few days. Thankfully, we’ll be able to see many of our Heartland family again at the Utah rally at the end of September.