S: Road Trip - Magnolia TX to Branson MO October 2012
1: Road Trip Magnolia, TX to Branson, MO October 20 - 26, 2012
2: We stopped for a quick visit in Hot Springs, Arkansas
4: On Bathhouse Row you can still enjoy a relaxing bath using the springs. No - we didn't take a bath here.
6: We were disappointed to find the only bathhouse for tours was closed for renovations. I could see the stained glass ceilings through an upper window.
7: We followed the map to the back of the bathhouses to the natural hot springs flowing through the rocks.
8: Even though it's late October, the leaves did not show color until we arrived in Missouri. | View of Hot Springs from overlook
12: It's a salute to the American Cowboy with many demonstrations. We watched them work the sugar cane and painters turn a blank canvas until something beautiful.
13: We listened to original country songs and some good clean cowboy jokes.
15: Buck Taylor is probably best known as playing gunsmith turned deputy Newly O'Brian on the hit western drama, Gunsmoke. Buck is currently a painter by trade.
20: School's in session
21: We enjoyed walking through the trees as the leaves were falling around us.
22: We watched the new Cowboy Stunt show
23: It reminded me a little of the show "Cat Ballou" when the 3 men would come out to sing between skits.
24: I loved the little pony and when the sheriff's pants were on fire and the deputy followed him with a marshmallow to roast. LOL
26: We enjoyed watching the glass maker and pottery maker demonstrate their craft.
33: Silverleaf Holiday Hills Resort | Chairman Suite
44: The Glory Hole
50: The Longhorns were grazing with American bison and many elk
51: I've never been that close to a bison
52: They all came close to the tram for the food waiting for them.
53: However, they all moved back as the oldest bison came to feed. | The baby went around the tram to see if it could get some extra food
55: We saw the bull elk in the pond and by the gate, but didn't see the females. Until, we saw the big bull elk with all the females laying down behind him.
58: Our guide, Tony, was surprised the bull let the bison come up close to eat. He only turned once toward them to back them up as they got closer.
59: The young bull elk seemed to tell him thank you for the food.
64: Leaving the animals behind, we stopped at wish bowl falls to see the golden trout in this stream.
77: We got tickets to see Joseph at the Sight & Sound Theater - it was GREAT! They also put on a show about David - Goliath is at the left.
78: Titanic Museum
79: These are copies of the photos taken in Southampton and Queenstown. In Queenstown, they had to tender to the ship.
83: The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins.
84: On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm ship's time. The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene of the sinking, where she brought aboard an estimated 705 survivors. | On her maiden voyage, Titanic carried 2,224 passengers and crew.
87: Margaret Brown (Unsinkable Molly Brown) was one of the survivors in Lifeboat 6 pictured below.
89: The ship's band, led by Wallace Hartley, heroically played on while the great steamer was sinking. This seems to be true but there has been conflicting information about which song was the last to be heard. The most reported is "Nearer, My God, to Thee", | Part of the crew near the dock in Southampton
90: Less than a third of those aboard Titanic survived the disaster. Although only 3 percent of first-class women were lost, 54 percent of those in third class died. Similarly, five of six first-class and all second-class children survived, but 52 of the 79 in third class perished. The last living survivor, Millvina Dean from England, who at only nine weeks old was the youngest passenger on board, died aged 97 on 31 May 2009.
91: We were surprised to find out the Dixie Stampede show just switched to the Christmas show.
92: The live nativity was really good. It was complete with the 3 wise men on camels and the shepherds with their sheep
93: Since we can no longer take pictures during the show - I had to find these on the internet. | We had the same little pig races, sleigh and many other Christmas themed competitions. | The toys from Santa's shop played in the arena prior to the main show. | It was a great show for our last night in Branson.