This past week’s meme is almost too easy. October is the
month that brings me to Beautiful Branson. The second week of this month is
pretty phenomenal in the Ozarks, and we’ve been setting this vacation week aside each
year for many years.
The crisp air and beautiful sunshine make for a great place
to recharge after a toasty Oklahoma summer. And the foliage is usually reaching
its peak, although the leaves were being a little stubborn in giving up their
summer green this fall. But, belated fall colors aside, you just can’t spoil
the atmosphere there this time of the year. Fall decorations complete with
smiling scarecrows and pumpkin patches affirm that fall has definitely arrived. The aroma of cinnamon and fall spices can get a reformed carb addict in serious trouble here.
Sight 'n Sound Theater
Sight ‘n Sound Theater has such amazing productions. Jonah
was the story told in unforgettable fashion this year. The music. The actors.
The set. And the special effects? Just … WOW! A new show in town at Hamner’s
Theater is a great variety event of talented musicians, acrobats, magicians,
and dancers. And the magician is also a minister who leads in Sunday morning services
at the theater. It was a little sad to see that Jim Stafford did not return to
his theater this year. And the passing of Andy Williams is a huge signal that
things just don’t remain the same in our lives.
Bridge at Dogwood Canyon
Built by the Amish
The highlight of this year’s trip was spending time with
family and having the opportunity to introduce some of them to our favorite
faces and places. The one that has moved to the top of my list is Dogwood
Canyon, a 10,000-acre park with trails for walking, biking, and hiking, streams
for trout fishing, waterfalls and stately trees for photographing. And, if you’re
in the mood for some up-close-and-personal face time with buffalo, elk, and
long-horn steers, a 2-hour tram ride will make that happen. Personally, I prefer walking for that two hours. It's a slice of Heaven on earth to this former country gal. But, next year I may even
try the Segway! FYI: It's located about 30 miles south of Branson and you will need a map or Siri to get you there.
I am a student of Christian writing. A Softer Voice is the classroom; the Bible, my textbook. The King of Kings is the Instructor. John 13:13 says "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am."
The curriculum? "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 13:18.
I have a mentor in my husband, Bud. He is also my love, my best friend and my hero, and we have been married for 42 years. I am Mom to two beautiful daughters. Our four grandsons and one granddaughter are blessed with terrific dads in our sons-in-law.
My lifetime assignment: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5,6
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