And why did I retire to Florida! So I wouldn't have to freeze ever again. And not only are there freeze warnings in the forecast for here in Branson but I'm living in a tin (well actually a fiberglass) can. But hey - there are 35 others just as crazy as me and we're all single so no one to cozy up to.
But we're having a good time despite.
So, first let me back up since my connection seems to be better at this Ozark campground just outside Branson.
Last night, as predicted, the smoke detector started chirping again but I fooled it because I hadn't gone to bed yet since I'd gained an hour. Ha, ha, it thought it was going to wake me up like all my ones at home do. You know it's like why does your tooth break or your kid get an ear ache on a weekend? Why do smoke detector batteries always go bad in the middle of the night - always. I leave that for you to contemplate. Oh, and I had to get the manual out to find where the bloody thing was.
Where else but in Alabama are you likely to find: a Coon Dog Cemetery or a National Bird Dog Museum or towns with names like Arkadelphia or Muscle Shoal or a church called "Fellowship of Encouragement"? But I do like to wrap my tongue around the town name of Iuka.
OK, back to today.
I was traveling just as fine as could be with about 2 other "cars" and 82 trucks when there appeared a flashing sign "Severe Congestion ahead. Consider alternate route". So I pulled off to consider that and Rhoda was game but Gertie had other ideas - like "make a U turn", repeated every mile for about 15 miles until she got the idea that I wasn't going to do that so she got her maps out and found another way to go - right under the largest flock of geese I've ever seen. They just kept coming and coming right over Rhoda's clean roof. Thank goodness we got a hard rain later in the afternoon.
I have that book "Off the Beaten Path" but I don't think this alternate route would be found in that book.
I did find out though that they grow a lot of rice in this very, very flat part of Arkansas. In fact there was a Riceland factory I passed - that's what gave it away.
I wondered if back in the ole, ole, ole, ole days all of the earth was this flat before she opened up and spewed out all the indigestible rocks and boulders to form our magnificent landscape.
And speaking of magnificent landscape - the northern part of AR is so unlike the central part. I guess it's referred to as the Ozarks but I'm not sure I'd call them mountains but they're much more than hills. Beautiful vistas and the trees were still quite colorful. I'd say this area rivals the Blue Ridge Highway for sure. And, BTW, for those of you who followed my blog this summer - I DID use tow load while driving through this area:)
Potluck dinner tonight with everyone and plans in the works for a special lunch tomorrow which I'll tell you more about tomorrow and then maybe a show tomorrow night.