Monday, September 12, 2016

Oklahoma City

This little road trip we took was quite different from our normal wanderings.

As a general rule, our travels take us away from big cities, however, this time, we had to make a trip to Oklahoma City OK.

We stayed in Bricktown and our room gave us a great view of the Devon Energy Center and the storm that was rolling in.

Bricktown is a collection of shops/bars/restaurants/entertainment along a canal.

This fountain really caught my eye.

We ventured down an alley called Flaming Lips Alley - to see Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark, which wasn't visible from the ground.  I was able to see the park from the upper level of the parking garage.

Not being baseball people, we were completely confused.  The name of the team is the Oklahoma City Dodgers, and the road in front of the field is called Mickey Mantle Drive.

Which left us with the big question - when did the Dodgers move to Oklahoma City and when did Mickey Mantle play for the Dodgers?

After a few minutes of research - gotta love the smart phones - we figured it out.  The Oklahoma City Dodgers (despite the size of the ballpark) isn't a major league team, but the LA Dodgers purchased a part of the team, which caused the name change (prior to that they were known as the 89ers and the Red Hawks).

Oh and Mickey Mantle was born in Oklahoma, which is why his name is on the road in front of the stadium.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

POTD - Tanyard Creek Falls

Tanyard Creek Falls is along a short and fairly easy loop trail in Bella Vista Arkansas.  

It was overcast, so the light was right for a long exposure, but it was windy.  All of the "far away" pictures of the Falls are just a blur of green over the water.

I was able to get an interesting picture by getting very close and focusing on just the rocks and the water.   I do plan on going back and getting on with the trees....maybe in the fall?

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Traveling along HWY 62, near Garfield AR, I came across a candy cane  on the side of the road.

This was the sign for the Martin Greer Candy Company, a several generation store, using candy recipes that have been passed down through the ages.

The candy company itself is housed is a loving landscaped, but otherwise, nondescript little building.

Garfield AR has about 500 residents, so you wouldn't imagine that it also contains this remarkable treasure of a candy company.

The candy is excellent, there is delicate fudge, beautifully melty truffles, sea salt caramels that will make you cry with happiness, and of course, my favorite of all, pralines so good that I devoured the entire box in two days (and then drove back and got more).

This is a candy company worthy of a road trip.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Promised Land Zoo - Eagle Rock MO

This was a fun little adventure.

The Promised Land Zoo is a family owned zoo and two locations,  one in Eagle Rock MO and one in Branson MO.  We went to the Eagle Rock location.

The zoo features a drive though safari experience, where occasionally, the animals get quite up close and personal with your car. (Like this deer, who quite intimidated my son who was riding in the passenger seat)

It also has a fun little petting/feeding zoo, with goats, minature horses, donkeys and of course... my personal  favorite, baby pot bellied pigs.

Definately worth the visit, particularly with children (or those with a young heart) and anyone who loves animals.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Itsy Bitsy Spider

A  couple of days ago, this little guy moved in to the space between the screen and the window.

I am not entirely sure how he got there, but last night it was obvious that he couldn't get out.

I couldn't sit here and watch him starve to death, so I made my husband rescue him and put him outside.

I woke up this morning to this..... a beautiful  web, on my patio, right in front of our chairs.  The perfect evening mosquito catcher.

Sometimes, everything just works out nicely.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Old Spanish Treasure Cave

This was a fun little cavern to explore, one with a great back story, filled with drama.

According to legend, when the Spanish Conquistadors visited the Sulphur Springs area of NW Arkansas, they stayed with what had, traditionally, the Conquistadors method of exploration,  including brutalizing and pillaging the local Native American Communities.

These particular Conquistadors, were also carrying a huge treasure with them.

After their chaos causing with the Native Americans, they hid themselves, and the treasure, within this cave.

Unbeknownst to the Conquistadors, this particular cavern had a chimney, and once they began lighting fires in the cave for supper, their position was given away to the Native Americans, who promptly repelled themselves down the chimney and slaughtered all but one (of course), who was able to escape back to Spain (of course) with a treasure map of the cave (of course).

It wouldn't be a good story without a treasure map right?

The treasure map itself has been lost to time.

Occasionally the current owners of the cave take some spelunking adventures through out the cave, but as yet, the treasure is lost to the depths of the cave.

It is a very lovely cave, with a cool feature - including several columns and Spanish artifacts,  the cave also contains a heart.

As far as adventures go, this is one that is worth the walk through.  It is a smaller operation, so be prepared to wait outside the cabin for a bit if only one tour guide is working that day.

The owners of the cave have a Facebook page  and love to hear comments about their cave.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pea Ridge National Military Park

I took an adventure to the Pea Ridge Battlefield (also known as the location of the Battle of Elk Horn Tavern).

This is the battle that allowed the Federal troops to take Missouri and NW Arkansas from the Confederates.

This was the first Civil War battleground that I have been to, as I have spent most of my life in the Southwestern U.S.

The park is set up nicely, with a driving tour explaining all of the major sites and points and was a surprisingly beautiful place.

I was shocked by that,  I didn't expect it to be pretty and peaceful.  I was expecting something a little more creepy, particularly since 3,384 Americans died here (1,384 Federal and 2,000 Confederate).

I recommend a visit, particularly if you are a history and/or military buff or if you  just want a pretty drive.