Fall, cool breezes, falling leaves of red, gold and orange, a beautiful time for a horseback ride. Located in Lampe, Missouri the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is 2,200 acres of Ozark paradise. Privately owned, the park offers a variety of activities such as private guided jeep tours, trout fishing, fly casting clinics, log cabins, biking, hiking and horseback riding. They also have a two hour wildlife tram tour that takes you to waterfalls and into the Arkansas border to see deer, elk, Texas longhore and herds of American bison. Our one hour ride took us through the Ozark Mountains. Fall is a beautiful time to ride. My only complaint is of course, the saddle. My horse literally rocked me down the mountain and my tailbones were really sore! To bad they don’t have saddles like my Bob Marshall, treeless saddle. If they did, I could ride all day! Learn more at Dogwood Canyon. Did you visit? Leave a comment!!
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One of the most exciting things we did while in Branson, Missouri was take a helicopter ride. I have never flown and am not comfortable with heights. A few years ago Terry tried to get me to fly but, it rained the morning we were to go up. Terry has only flown once in a copter and with Jenna living in california I really needed to get over my fear of flying. This helicopter was a small 4 passenger and the front doors were off. It was a bit chilly the afternoon we took our flight. The only thing I was a bit uncomfortable with was when the copter turns it leans. But, I never felt like I was going to fall out and I really enjoyed the view. The flight only lasted 3 minutes for $40.00 each! But, for now that was a long enough ride. I highly recommend Adveture Helicopter Tours!
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One of the places we visited while in Branson, Missouri was the Silver Dollar City where they were celebrating the National Harvest Festival. This old west theme park has over 30 rides and attractions, 40 shows and award winning restaurants. The festival features over 100 craftsmen who have a variety of things for sale. My favorite show was at the Silver Dollar Saloon. Saloon girls are always entertaining but, this show featrured a very funny comedy act. We also saw “Headin West” at the Opera House and that was pretty good too. There is plenty of good food to eat. I was facinated by how things were cooked, many of the dished mixed all the meat and vegatables in one huge pan. It was really pretty neat to watch them cook. I didn’t eat much but, I had a great blackberry cobbler with ice cream of course! It was delicious!!! Learn more at Silver Dollar City. Thank you for visiting, we are sorry but, the comment box for this post is full.
Well, Terry and I have talked about it for a few years and we finally did it. We took a trip to Branson, Missouri and what a great time we had! When they say there is something for everyone, well, that just about says it all. From Delaware it is about a two day drive in the motorhome. We passed through St. Louis, Missouri at night and the Gateway Arch was indeed a beautiful sight. When in Branson, we stayed at the Musicland Kampground which is located right on the main strip, so we were able to walk to a lot of shows and stores. The sites were very reasonable, only $33.00 a night! This city makes great use of it’s theaters, often sharing them with more than one performer. This means you can see more than one show a day and we took advantage of that. There is a show for everyone. During our 5 day stay here is what we attended, the Presley Jubilee, Broadway, the Star Spangled Celebration, Yakov (the Russian comedian),the Dixie Stampede, the Shanghai Circus, and the Showboat-Branson Belle. We did a few other things that will be mentioned in other stories. Our favorite place to eat was Montana Mike’s, they had great food and service. There were a few shows we didn’t get to see but, are worth mentioning, Kirby & Bambi (illusionist) , the Dutton’s (from America’s Got Talent), Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Happy Trails Theater and the Shephard of the Hills. There is one thing that I thought strange, with all the cowboys and country music, there was only one western wear store. Needless to say, I didn’t do much shopping! The nice thing about the city is that it is spread out and everything goes in a circle, so if you get lost, keep going and you will probably end up where you started. There is also very little traffic problems. On the way home we stopped to see one of Terry’s Amish friends who moved to Missouri. Owen and his wife, are now farmers. They live way off the beaten path but, are very happy running their own farm . We had a wonderful visit and learned a little about farming. Maybe this will come in handy next year when we expand our garden! For more of our adventure, read on…….
For great horse frames, handbags, t-shirts, jewelry and horse figures galore, shop Country Time Creations, a horse lovers store! Did you visit? Leave a comment!
The season has changed and the beach lovers have headed home. Now is a good time to stroll the nature trails at Assateague Island. Assateague is located near Ocean City, Maryland. It is a wildlife refuge for many birds such as the Snowy egret, Dunlins, American wigeon, Black-crowned night heron and the Piping plover. It is also home to many wild horses. The park facilities include biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming, fishing, crabbing & claming, camping, picnic area and a canoe launch. Terry and I enjoyed a day walking and admiring the wild horses. When we first arrived there was a crowd of people around one of the horses, it had some sort of plastic in it’s mouth and was eating it. It is against the law to pet or feed wild horses but, the people knew the plastic couldn’t be good for the horse and were trying to decide how to get it out. Terry saw the plastic and reached over to the horse and started pulling it out. I was amazed at how long the plastic was. Once the horse got it in it’s mouth it had no way to spit it out. Everyone was clapping and cheering, Terry truely saved the horses life, it would have coliced on the plastic and died. After all the excitement I was able to get a few pictures with the horses and have an enjoyable walk with my husband.
The island does have a foster program to help raise money for the wild horses. To learn more about how you can be a foster parent visit http://www.assateaguewildhorses.org
Tuesday was a great day to visit Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.. This is a great park for younger children who can’t ride all those big coasters and crazy rides and the lines aren’t to long. Each year the park tries to add one new attraction. It’s been a few years since I have visited the park and a water park has been added. Unfortunately, I found that children were not well supervised and to be honest, some were just plain rude. The water slides are great but, the lines were extremely long so we stayed on the other side of the park. Our favorite ride is the water flume. Amomg rides we were able to get on were the carousel, giant slide, a spinning turtle ride, roller coaster and antique car ride, just to name a few. In spite of the fact that I had a migrain and Leon (Tracy’s boyfriend) had a toothach, we were able to still have a good time and enjoy dinner at Fudruckers. For great horse toys, figures, picture frames, embroidered handbags and towel sets shop Country Time Creations, a horse lovers store! Did you visit? Leave a comment.
We had a beautiful day to do some rock climbing at Rock Island State Park. Terry was feeling quite adventurous as we hiked off the beaten path. So much so, that we almost forgot the way back. It was amazing to walk over rocks that were covered in water during rainy seasons. You could get so close to the water, one slip and you could be a goner! There is a sign warning about the dangers of the quickly rising water and if you heard the siren, you better head for higher ground in a hurry. We thought about what would happen if that siren went off. After returning to the motorhome we drove over to the other side of the falls for a different view. Just as we were getting out of the motorhome what did we hear? The sirens! Fortunately, they were working on them, no emergency. I still was glad that didn’t happen when we were on the rocks, I might have had a heart attack!
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When your ready to “get out of town”, head for a Cowboy Town. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville, A Cowboy Town offers horseback riding, canoeing, camping, hiking, a live comedy show and bonfire with catered dinner.
It doesn’t matter where I travel too, I always look for a place to ride horses. I especially enjoy mountain rides because everything in Delaware is flat and I enjoy a challenge. My trusty mount, Easter took me on a pleasant ride through rolling hills. After the ride we freshened up for the evenings entertainment.
Joined by some cousins from Georgia, Sammy and Dawn, we took our seats under the pavillion and waited for the show to begin. This live comedy act is complete with blue grass band and live horse action. It’s good to see adults having good clean fun while doing something they love. It ain’t broadway but, very enjoyable. The performance is followed by a catered dinner complete with bonfire. Make sure you get your dessert early, or you won’t get any. It’s that good!
If your headed for Nashville, Tennessee, make sure you put A Cowboy Town on your list of things to do, www.acowboytown.com. Did you visit? Leave a comment! See the side bar Pages/Evenst for 2010 performances and store showings for Country Time Creations and Jowana Lamb and Her Amazing Paints. Visit me on Facebook! Thank you for visiting. We are sorry but, the comment box for this post is full.
Fall, changing colors and cooler nights, a great time to get away. After a long hot summer, Terry and I are ready to get away for a few days. I love Tennessee. Normally we head to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area but, this year we head for the untraveled territory of Nashville.
Nashville, the city of country stars and honky talk bars. I can’t wait to explore all that the city has to offer while doing a little bit of research too. I spend my first morning doing a little market research. I love the country fashion, flowing dresses and cowgirl boots, flashy belts and stylish hats. I don’t do a lot of shopping but, today I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Everytime I left a store I had a bag in each hand. It was great. Being a performer it’s hard to find cloths but, the selection here was impressive.
During our visit we went horseback riding at A Cowboy Town, then attended a cowboy production followed by a catered dinner and bon fire. We stopped for a drink at the Wild Horse Saloon and took a carriage ride to see the city lights. We took a dinner cruise on the General Jackson and enjoyed a fantastic Vegas style show. If you’ve never been to Nashville, I highly recommend a trip. Read on for more information about the great places we visited. Did you visit? Leave a comment!