Saturday was my mother's birthday, so we all hopped in the car and went on a little road trip. I love these trips, especially in the fall. My father is the BEST tour guide. He always finds fun things to see and do, things you might not have stopped for. He just has a knack (he is also very good at buying jewelry, lucky for my mother, Emma and me!).
We drove through Pryor and on to Choteau where we stopped at the Amish Cheese Factory and Bakery. One word...YUMMY! They have samples of things, so we tried them all, including a chocolate chip cheesecake ball... yes chocolate chip cheese cake in a cheeseball form rolled in toasted pecans and served with graham crackers. Think I will get one of these next time I have a gathering... I could do it myself, but I am afraid mine would end up costing more! We bought some Horseradish mild swiss cheese. Tried the cheese, different, but very good, if you like horseradish, which yes, I do. My father got me hooked on it! We also stopped at the Amish Furniture store. OMG, if I ever win a lot of money I am having the Amish in Indiana build my furniture if I cannot find it in an antique store. It is just beautiful.
Next, we were on to Natural Springs State Park. We have been there several times and it usually one of our places to visit in the fall. The trees and waterfall are just gorgeous and peaceful. You have to climb down the equivalent of 3 stories down really narrow stairs to get to the bottom of the falls. I really do not know how I did this when I was like 7 1/2 months pregnant with Em!
Grandpa and Emma heading to the bottom to see the springs.
Bridge leading back up to the top.
We noticed some bad clouds coming in and went to eat in Fayetteville, Arkansas. And yes, after lunch, we had to drive through town, just in time to catch all the traffic from the Hogs football game. On Yippee.. I wish I had taken a picture of all the very expensive RVs at the edge of town. The whole things was completely full! I could not believe how many people came into town for this game, but my father pointed out that Fayetteville is really not like an an hour or two drive for a lot of people so they go and stay the night for their games.
Now we headed out to Terra Studios. They make glass and pottery items. I picked up one of their
Bluebirds and a Cardinal. There is so much to see and do there. They have an Enchanted Forest, a good size pond, places where you can see them make glasswear, etc. We really enjoyed this part of the trip. Emma even liked it. The trees also seem to have turned a little more in this area.
First we watched them make some of those birds that are pictured above. Then we walked around all of the grounds. They have a restaurant you can rent for special parties, which most of it is all decorated from artists.
Artist making glass birds to the right.
Fall has arrived at Terra Studios