Bass Pro Shops, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Missouri. September 25, 2015

French Toast with syrup for me for breakfast. Don’t they look like pancakes?

Steve ordered the Ham and Cheese Omelette at The Order in the lobby of The Hotel Vandivort.

This is the view of the modern lobby side view of the hotel. On our way out we told the front desk that they needed additional info in the rooms on how to control the lighted art work, and electric window shades. If you go there let me know if they listened to our constructive criticism!

Here is the dreaded parking lot that Steve had so much difficutly with!

Then it was off to The Promised Land. The Mothership of all fishing stores! Just follow the bass boat!

How could we not go in to this place?

Doesn’t Steve look happy?

Alligators!

Big fish alert! This fish is called a a gar. Steve says they can be six feet long!

Lots of taxidermy.

Steve in a Tracker boat. His boat in Lake George is much prettier! In fact Steve’s boat probably cost as much as my Jaguar!

Steve was so excited! “Oh my God! There are three aisles of soft plastics here!”

Are you in the market for a fancy pistol?

Perhaps a fancy shot gun would be what you are looking for?

Steve loves his fish! There are many types of trout here. The yellow ones are Palomino, They are from the crossing of a Golden Rainbow trout and a rainbow trout. There are rainbow, brown and brook trout here. They had Palomino Trout at Cow Creek. I finally remembered our cook’s name. She was Sofia and specialized in traditional New Mexican cuisine. Too bad I like traditional regular food like that cooked in Upstate New York!

Always a crowd pleaser, the fish feeding show!

There were scuba divers feeding the fish.

The NRA museum. Lots of guns and ammunition here.

There were lots of guns to look at!

This was not a happy outcome. If you don’t want to read the story, the bottom line is that his head popped off when he was hung.

Her is Steve posing in front of a very large gar.

This is Ethel. 27.5 inch long and 24.5 inch girth. She was caught in Lake Fork Texas in November 1986. She was brought to this Bass Pro Shops store and millions of people visited her until she died in 1994. A thousand people attended her funeral!

The results of Steve’s shopping. I think I will have the total cost be one of your guesses at the end of the blog post! Can you believe that he only spent 30 minutes shopping?

Golden Rod along the Missouri highway. Lower Missouri has lots of trees and rolling hills.

First signage for The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home.

Me in the parking lot. Could you tell? I was so verklempt. (Yiddish for overcome with emotion). I read all of the Little House series of books when I was a young girl. Many times in fact. My kids read the Harry Potter Books, well the Little House Series books were my favorites. I wasn’t crazy about the television show, but still watched it anyway. They didn’t allow any pictures inside the house, but I discovered a pamphlet about the house. Here is a picture of what Laura, Rose, Almanzo looked like. Also a picture of the inside of the house!

I could hardly speak to Steve I was so emotional.

Laura and her husband Almanzo were such lovebirds. The house started as a log cabin and gradually more rooms were added and the original log cabin was torn down. The rooms were added on as they had more money. The house was built specifically to Laura’s stature. The counter tops were really low as Laura was a tiny woman.

This is the fancy entry of the house. The lady nearest you is crying. I could hardly talk to Steve at all as I was trying to hold back my tears.

Laura first started writing her Little House Books when she was 65 at her daughter’s suggestion. I guess I still have time to be famous! I never thought that I would come here as Mansfield , Missouri is nowhere near anyplace I thought that Steve and I would visit. But if Steve could get his Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve I could get the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home!

Getting tired near the end of our journey, not too many days left so I am even counting a Walmart as a grocery store! With that big smile on my face I seem to have recovered from the experience at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead.

Here is a picture of a cotton field in Missouri. The Ozarks were very hilly with pine trees and many other trees.

The Mississippi Valley is very flat!

We left Missouri and crossed the Mississippi River and were into Illinois. It was a blue day!

Then we crossed the next bridge and we saw the mighty Ohio River join in.

Here you can see all the barges on the Ohio River. You can see where the rivers join together just past the barges.

Once you cross the Ohio River you are in Kentucky. The Ohio River is much bigger than the Mississippi before they join. The Lower Mississippi begins in Cairo, Illinois where the Upper Mississippi joins the Ohio River. The Lower Mississippi flows into the Gulf of Mexico. You will have to go on your own Excellent Adventure to go to see the Gulf of Mexico!

Three states in 15 minutes!

The highway is built on a levee!

Then we crossed the Tennessee River.

We traveled on through Kentucky to the Land Between the Lakes. The area is a large inland peninsula between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Steve was quite excited to be here as you can well imagine. Too bad we really couldn’t see anything as it was dark by the time we got here!

We looked for a restaurant on Yelp and Patti’s in Green River was suggested.

The plan was to eat at Patti’s 1880 Restaurant. However they had an hour wait for a table so we ate at the sibling restaurant, “Bill’s” next door! Same menu, same price, but only a ten minute wait to be seated. I still don’t understand!

They are famous for their flower pot bread and strawberry butter. You can make strawberry butter yourself if you want to, by adding strawberry jam to whipped butter! To make flower pot bread you just put the dough in a clean flower pot and then bake!

Steve was so happy to be surrounded by all the glitz!

I had prime rib.

Steve had the 2 inch pork chop. Two inch pork chops are a joke with Steve and myself. I only like the very skinny pork chops that I like Steve to overcook. I love them with applesauce too. If I am making them I cook them at 425 degrees for about an hour. Then they are dry as dust, but super crunchy!I really only like them with Kellogg’s corn flake crumbs on them. Sometimes Steve runs out and uses Italian bread crumbs. I don’t like those at all. Do you think he knew that yet?

We must not have had dessert, as I usually take pictures of the food that we eat. But here is a bonus photo of Steve!

We stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn Kuttawa. Have you ever been to Kuttawa before? Well neither had I!

How much did Steve spend at Bass Pro Shops?

If notified, would you have attended Ethel’s funeral?

Did you read any of the Little House on the Prairie Books? Upon rereading them, they were incredibly racist. I am in the process of reading the Landmark series of books for children. Those were incredibly narrow minded also.