Making new friends is one of the greatest joys of being on the road. This past week we had the fun of sharing Branson with Dick and Susie Wheeler. After mutual friends at Mile Hi Church in Denver introduced us via email, they invited us to spend a weekend at their home on Lake Barkley in Kentucky. That was at the beginning our journey. Six months and many lessons of the road later, we got to show them some of the highlights of “our town,” Branson, and its surroundings.
First, they joined us for an inspiring and uplifting morning at Unity of the Hills church, followed by an afternoon of walking and conversation along Table Rock Lake. We introduced them to our favorite eatery, Danna’s Bar BQ & Burger Shop, where we devoured delicious pulled pork and catfish. And we marveled at voices-turned-musical instruments at the popular show, SIX.
Best of all, we took a day trip to the historic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After admiring the stately, late-1800s houses and spa-focused hotels gracing the residential streets, we explored art galleries and boutiques. Shops offered everything from exquisite knives to trendy clothing and designer sunglasses. I still have my eyes on those wild tights designed to look like jeans!
Our lunch at the underground Mud Street Cafe was memorable. Despite being windowless, it glowed with color and the warmth of personable servers. I ate the best grilled cheese sandwich ever! Where else can you get one made with three tasty cheeses, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, sunflower seeds and alfalfa sprouts?
Combine a great ambiance and delicious food with fun conversation with two new dear friends and voila! — you have the recipe for joy and contentment!