|Branson, Missouri in the Spring|
We drove I-40 though Oklahoma City and northeast on I-44 to Tulsa before taking US 412 east through the Cherokee Nation in northeast Oklahoma. We took a little side trip down to the Cherokee Nation capital of Tahlequah and back to Siloam Springs, AR as we headed toward the Arkansas Ozarks.
|Sequoyah - Inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet|
|Bear Creek Trout Farm and DeVito's Restaurant|
Boone County had just voted to go "wet" and so we were served beer and wine. Previously, alcoholic beverages were only available through "private clubs" in Boone County.
Next day (April 16) we took a drive via scenic Route 7 through the Buffalo National River area. Although we don't have a motorcycle, this route and scenic "runs" that loop off Hwy 7 are some of the most favorite rides in America. We drove through the forest and small towns, especially enjoying Jasper and the Boxley Valley areas.
|The Buffalo River|
|Our vacation condo at Branson Woods|
|Vicki and Ron in front of fresh water aquarium in Bass Pro Shop|
|Wildlife diorama in Bass Pro Shop|
|Ron, Sharon, Bob, and Vicki on the Branson Princess|
|Vicki and Ron enjoying the cruise on the White River|
|Branson Landing Fountain show|
|Kathy and Tom Eckert and Jim Owen|
On Saturday, April 22, we departed Branson at 7:30 AM and took our friends to the Springfield Airport. We heard that the St. Louis, Missouri Airport was closed due to a devastating tornado that hit it the night before. Many St. Louis neighborhoods were hit by these terrible storms. We headed west and made it to Amarillo, Texas that night. We returned to our home by 11 AM on April 24, Easter Day. Devastating waves of violent rain storms and tornadoes hit the Midwest and the South for the next several days. Flooding was everywhere and Branson's Table Rock Lake crested at over 935 ft. causing flooding on Lake Taneycomo and Branson Landing and many homes on the lake and river front were underwater. Dogwood Canyon was closed due to flooding. Almost 300 people have lost their lives in the midwest and south due to the killer tornadoes. There have been more than 600 tornadoes in April so far and May is supposed to be the worst month for tornado season. I am thankful that we avoided the worst weather. I am very sorry about the loss of life and destruction in the midwest and the south. Please help the victims if you can: