Come on Down.....to Springfield Missouri. We've been here for 4 days and have had a great time. The weather has been outstanding, the people are extremely helpful and friendly, the food is great and the entertainment…..what a time we've had! On day 1, we stayed in Springfield and did a trolley tour through the Fantastic Caverns. The caves are well-named: they were fantastic. The tour guide explained the history of the caves, which were originally explored by 12 local women. She even told us how to make gunpowder out of dried, boiled bat guano. You don't get that information from just anywhere! And who knows, it might come in handy. We also found a way to make a neat flashlight out of a coffee can and a candle - can't wait to try it at Grundy.
The next day saw us in Carthage, where we visited the Precious Moments museum and chapel. It was a very inspirational tour - they certainly take their bible studies seriously out here. There were a lot of references to people from the old testament so Nui was a bit lost although RRR said she'd at least heard of some of them. Unfortunately for us, there was a huge gift shop attached to the museum. Needless to say, the Beast is now home to several Precious Moments figurines and one really huge peridot colored crystal ring. Seriously, though, it was an amazing tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Today, we were off to Branson. After driving the strip and admiring some of the local architecture, we had a bit of time on our hands….. so we went to a psychic for palm reading and tarot cards. The results were a bit dubious, but you get what you pay for. Then it was off to the Welk Resort where we participated in a live version of the Price is Right. This was a lot of fun and we got to Ooooo and Ahhhh along with the crowd at all the prizes. We registered to be contestants but, sadly, our luck was not with us. Maybe we should have bought a charm or two from the psychic to improve our chances. We met some interesting people in the lobby and had our photo taken with the handsome Johnny, who came dressed for the occasion.
Tomorrow is a rest day, then we're off to Arkansas and digging for diamonds. RRR will have to take off her ring for that little chore.