Monday, April 16, 2012

From Hondo, TX to Branson, MO ~ Part 4






Woke up early on Sunday morning, checked emails, ate a banana, drank a cup of coffee and then got ready to get on the road for the final leg of our journey to Branson, MO.

We had spent Saturday night at Park Ridge Campground in Van Buren, Arkansas.  $28 for the night, very friendly staff  and easy to get into and out of the site.  Definitely would stay there again ~ thinking it would be a good 3 or 4 day weekend base to see Fort Smith and the surrounding area.

Got on the road  at 8:42 a.m. and our first ETA to arrive in Branson, MO was 11:22 a.m.

Saw some cute signs along the road; this one was on 540 N: Eat Butt Neked BBQ and underneath it said Clothing Required ~ Sauce Optional 

And then we saw the sign for Cracker Barrel and Ron started hearing whispers of "Cracker Barrel, Cracker Barrel, and the next thing I knew the motor home was exiting off the freeway and we landed here :)


 


What a great breakfast!  And boy could I have gone crazy in the store but Ron kept telling me "yes that's cute, yes that's nice ~ and I got the hint ~ keep on looking but no buying :)

After having a wonderful breakfast we went to leave the restaurant and was greeted by this:





Once we were in the motor home we got back on the road.  Our new ETA was 12:58 p.m.  And this is how the weather changed and things we saw:









Remember we stopped for breakfast at around 10:15 a.m. and so about 12:45 I asked Ron if he would like a Blue Shark Gummy!

His response was "How could you be hungry?"  My reply was "My teeth needed some exercise."  Ron was quiet for about a minute and then he said, "That's the most ridiculous thing he had ever heard."  Come on, it had been over 2 1/2 hours since we had eaten  :)

And then we saw this:

And Ron said we should buy that and convert it into a new motor coach.  What do y'all think of that idea?

And then we saw this:

And Ron thought it said "Lucky Vehicles Casino" when in actuality it said "Lacey Micheles Castle."

We stopped and got gas just after getting into Missouri (no sign welcoming us to Missouri because it just seem to come out of nowhere and the camera was off but we did actually arrive in Missouri.  And stopped for gas at Rapid Roger's.  What a surprise - you can buy alcoholic beverages (not just beer & wine) and so I just had to get Ron a bottle of



After getting gas we got our new ETA - 1:26 p.m. and we should be at Branson View Campground.  And we arrived at 1:36 p.m. !  Yeah!!  Thank you Lord  for the safety on the road, keeping the major storms from us, giving us the means to get here and nice places to stay along the way.





Carol & Kevin met us in the drive way with hugs and handshakes!!  First up was getting parked in our spot.  We are in spot #3 nestled between some gorgeous shade trees and next to the children's playground and swimming pool ~ can't wait to get into that pool!!!  Summer will be fun here :) A view of our home and where we are parked (more pictures to follow ~ remember it began pouring down rain just as we pulled into the park :)  Got set up and organized.  Here is a  glimpse of our home ready for us to relax, work, relax and meet new people and celebrate the many blessings of the Lord!





After getting hooked up to the power & water and set up inside:











We then visited with Carol & Kevin in the office and then headed off to dinner with them at Olive Garden.  Ron started with the chicken gnocci soup and also had Fettuccine Alfredo and I started with salad and then had the Tour of Italy (Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna and Chicken Parmesan.  It was delicious and I brought home the lasagna and chicken parm for lunch (had it today and it was yummy).

We had a quiet evening with watching some TV and just knowing we were parked at our new place for now.  And this morning look who was outside my bedroom window:


And now we step forward in our new journey.  And we have heard that cousins from California will be here in Branson the end of May for a week ~ having that to look forward to is fun to have on our calendar.  And we may see some of our Northwood family in the next wee if we can get it to work out.

Hope y'all had a great weekend and have enjoyed following us 
on this journey from Hondo, TX to Branson, MO!