This morning December 8th we headed south for Branson with a stop at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield MO. Believe it our not, I found somthing to buy at Bass Pro. In Branson we stayed at the Americas Best Campground. It was full so we ended up with a site that was a challenge to get level. Being that we are in Branson we figured we should take in some shows. So off to the campground office we went and booked 5 shows, one for tonight, two each for Sunday and Monday. The show we went to tonight was Smoke on the Mountain. Its theme was a guest singing group at a Baptist church and the audience was the congregation. It was pretty good and reminded us a little of the Church Basement Ladies play from back home. It was an evening of good comedy and music.
On Sunday we took in the 10:00 AM Dalena Ditto show at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre. While there Sandy just insisted she wanted her picture taken with the “Boys”
In the evening we went to see Pierce Arrow at the Pierce Arrow Theatre. This was an exceptionally good show. We ended up buying a DVD of their comedian, Jarrett Dougherty. He was really good without having to use four letter words. But then so far they have all been clean wholesome shows. Branson is known for being a place that openly has freedom to express religion and patriotism.
When I went for a walk this afternoon there was this car I had to take a picture of. I believe it is a model 600 Honda that has been shortened.
This morning, Monday the 10th we went to the Roy Rogers, Jr And the High Rider show. This is one show you should not miss if you are in the area. They also have a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum which was moved from Los Angeles about 5 years ago. The music was great and the museum was full of much memorabilia - including Trigger, Buttermilk (Dales horse) and Bullit (the German Shepherd from the TV shoe). Dustin Rogers (Roys grandson) sang a few songs too and resembles a young Roy.
In the late afternoon we went to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater complex. They have a collection of 1957 cars and memorabilia. There must have been about 75 to 80 beautifully restored cars and there was one ’57 Ford station wagon that had not been restored, but still looked like it came off the show room floor.
I had to take this picture as Dad had a Skelly station in the early 60’s.
After we toured the display it was time for supper which we had at the American Bandstand Grill in the same building. After supper we took in the Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers show in the American Bandstand Theater. They we ok, but it seemed that they were just going through the motions. From listening to people talking around us it sounds like we need to go to "Six" next time we are in town. They are a group of 6 guys who sing everthing a cappella.
On Tuesday we drove from Branson to Little Rock AR by way of Arkansas Highway 7 south to Russellville. This is a scenic highway through the Ozarks and would have been great for fall colors a couple of weeks ago. Here are a few pictures. A little sunshine would have been nice, but it was still pretty in the rain and cloudy weather.
Along the way we came across this sign. Would this possibly be a place to buy a retirement home? I’m sorry about the quality of the picture, but it was shot as we were driving.
We did run into some rain along the way. The clouds were hanging down in the mountains like in the Great Smokies.
From there we took I-40 east to the Mid-South Cummins to have a coolant leak looked at. We spent the night in their parking lot where they have hookups. While there, they also did a software update on the Cummins engine.
On Wednesday we headed out of Little Rock about 9:00 AM by way of I-30 south to US 70 west that we took into Texas. At Hugo, TX we headed south west to McKinney (a northern suburb of Dallas) for a stop at the MCD factory. The reason we stopped there was because they make wheel covers that slide in a rubber grove that is glued to the wheel well opening. I got tired of fighting the ones you slip over the wheel and tie at the bottom. Now if we would sit tight in a spot for awhile it would not be such a problem. We placed an order for windshield wiper covers, wheel covers and a remote control for the interior solar and night shades.
By early afternoon on Thursday they had us fixed up with everything except the wheel covers. They will be shipped in a week or so, but at least the rubber grooves are mounted and ready to go. By the time we got fueled up it was 3:30 PM and we headed south thru Dallas (during rush hour) for San Antonio. For the night we stopped at the I-35 RV Park/Resort in Elm Mott, TX where they had nice long sites so we did not have to unhook.
On Friday we drove to the Blazing Star Luxury RV Resort in San Antonio. We will be here until at least December 14. When we pulled in it was 79 degrees but it sounds like the highs for the weekend will be 70 and then it will get warmer again as we go into the week. Sandy's happy to see the sun shining again. It's been a couple weeks since we've had some warm sunshine. When we were here two years ago we visited the Alamo and some of the Missions so here a few photos from then.
Bye for now,
Dave and Sandy