Nebraska to Missouri

After you cross into Iowa from Omaha, Nebraska at Exit 4 there is a great shopping center to stop and have lunch. There are about 12 restaurants there with a variety of choices. This was my selection:

Iowa and northern Missouri looked like the picture below:

Here is a tip I learned from all of my travels; Michael’s has clean restrooms. Who woildn’t mind taking a break at Michaels?

Branson, Missouri

I spent less than 24 hours in Branson, Missouri.  It was a stop as I headed south.  Even though, I did not see any shows I did see some interesting items.

The first stop was the wax museum. Why is Jeannie so interesting? I just spent the last nine months with the TV tuned to I Dream of Jeannie to keep the morning news from ruining the day.

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I did find some interesting items at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

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The fountain at the Branson Landing were entertaining. A relaxing ending to a busy day.

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Krispy Kreme Donuts!!!! Notice the sign that indicated HOT Donuts. As soon as I walked in the door the worker handed me a HOT donuts. That was the best donut that I have eaten in the past decade.

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Beef Jerky Outlet

When you traveling down the highway, and it time for a stop, when you notice a place named “Beef Jerky Outlet” you have your stopping location. Yes, they have beef jerky and plenty of other items.

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Seasoning all the way from Ville Platte, Louisiana.

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And, other hot stuff.

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Items directly from a garden, some covered in chocolate.

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But, I loved the shirts!

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I wonder if they deliver.  It must to hard on McDonalds with this place being so close. 🙂

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Precious Moments Chapel

If you are ever near Carthage, MO, a stop at the Precious Moments Chapel is worth the visit.

Samuel J. Butcher the creator of the Precious Moment figurines journeyed through the United State in search for a location to place the chapel.  Once he found Carthage, MO, he knew, with the rolling hills, water stream, and caves, it would be a perfect location for the chapel.

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Most of the painting were down at his home in the Philippines and brought to the Chapel via an UHaul.

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Samuel Butcher painted the ceiling laying on a scaffold.

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After his son Phillip died, he dedicated a room in the Chapel to Phillip.

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This is a playhouse for his grandchildren.

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