Alas! We’re Home Sweet Home.

We arrived home a few hours ago. Ran to Grandma’s house to see our sweet “big” girl whom we missed dearly. Unpacked our things, freshened up and went to dinner at Cracker Barrel. Being both of us we’re craving some good ol’ southern/homemade food. We consumed a lot of gourmet food while vacationing in Eureka Springs so it was nice to have something deep fried/ greasy for a change. Wow! we had an amazing vacation but I was ready to be, ” Home Sweet Home.” Looking back on our vacation I would have’t to give it a score of 9 out of 10 possible points. Pro’s and con’s are as follows: Pro’s- plenty of day/night activities to keep us busy, beautiful outdoor trails not far from historic Eureka Springs, Winery literally five minutes away from cottage, Mixture of several cultures, a wide array of artistry, organic farming, Easy to find coffee shops ( Great coffee), Lodging prices we’re affordable and our cottage was cleaned every day upon arriving back. Con’s- I wasn’t impressed with some of the restaurants service or food. I found a piece of glass in some of Matt’s leftover Alfredo fettuccine which turned my stomach upside down from a particular ” well known” restaurant. Some of the people in the restaurant business we’re very unprofessional and needless to say didn’t receive a plump tip. The weather dampened our plan’s to go backpacking but we managed to still have a good time. Many of the store’s we’re over-priced on certain items but that didn’t stop me from shopping..;) It’s vacation..I plan to enjoy myself and that I did. Goodbye Eureka Springs until next time!

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Vacation adventures continued…..

Today, we drove out to the Promised Land Zoo in Missouri. Surprisingly, this has been one of my favorite day activities thus far. I got to feed a baby goat for the first time which was really sweet. I told Matt, after we left that I wanted to adopt one. I think it would be cool to raise goats. I could raise them for their meat, milk, cheese and soap. I would like to keep at-least one for a pet. We got to feed 600 animals today..sound daunting? Not really… it was a drive through zoo. So, we could feed the animals through the vehicle windows which was alot of fun. The deer we’re very social and seemed to like us..being they followed us anytime they spotted the jeep. The emu’s we’re hilarious as they strutted across the field, heads bobbing towards the direction of the food. After the zoo trip we drove back to cottage, watched t.v./relaxed for a little bit. We then grabbed some dinner at Mei li Cusine which was excellent. I ordered Pad thai with Sake ( rice wine). I liked the rice wine. The flavor was spicy/sweet. The sake was warm as well. I felt very relaxed after leaving. Matthew and I had some clothes that needed to be washed/dried. So, we headed to the local laundromat…which happened to be the worst laundromat I’ve ever been to in my entire life. Imagine the cheesiest music ever and the only magazines they had to pass the time we’re GQ…need I say anymore ? Here’s some pics.

The Goat Family.


I made friends with, " Molly" the Camel.


She was a Diva.


In this picture I was feeding a baby cow..In the process Matt was getting attacked by a guinea...hence the laughs.


Feeding the baby goat.


I think he might secretly want one too..Shh!


It was amazing how close they came to us.


The buffalo taking a snooze.


Zebra checking us out.


The peacock wasn't quite as friendly as the deer.


The comical emu.


Central- American Cows... at-least we think so.


Mei Li Cuisine. Hot and Sour Soup/ Jasmine Tea


Delicious, Pad Thai.

Vacation Adventures.

I woke up this morning to receive a message from my father-in-law (Paw-Paw)that said, Sorry if I woke ya’ll. Dangerous, life threatening flash foods likely in your area through Thursday morning. Please don’t drive or hike thru high water. Call me. News Weather Chanel says 12 to 15 inches of rain possible, at least 6 inches. Sigh of relief. Thankfully we hadn’t decided to backpack earlier in the week. Today it’s been slightly rainy and super windy. We are just going to wait everything out. We woke up early this morning, grabbed some breakfast at Mud Street Cafe, shopped a little more in downtown Eureka, Springs. Visited Keels Creek Winery, drove to cottage..popped open bottle of semi-sweet red, which led to lots of lounging around and cat naps. We started getting hungry and decided we we’re in the mood for some barbecue and let me tell ya, It was finger lickin’ good! Drove down to Leather-Wood Lake and took some pics and looked at a few campsites for later on this week. On the way back in, we noticed a watch tower and decided to stop and take a looksy. The tower looked to have been built in the 1960’s not sure though. I was proud of myself for taking the challenge.As I climbed every short, narrow step I glanced through my peripheral vision at the strikingly beautiful yet scary scenery that stretched out beyond me. I had faith that I could make it to the top and my golly I did.

We discovered why Humpty Dumpty fell on St. Patricks day. He had too much green beer!


Breakfast at Mud Street Cafe'


Mushroom/Spinach Swiss Omelette....Divine.


Hence the empty plate....


Keels' Creek Winery...thoroughly enjoyed!


Step 1. Twist. Step 2. Pull. Step 3. Pop!



Barbecue....Mmmm!


Bubba's Barbecue.


Driving to Leather- Wood Lake.


Enjoying Nature.


Nature and it's many splendor's.


The view from top of Watch Tower.


Happy I made it to the top.