Because I can never sit still when I venture out to Oklahoma, I decided to take a little road trip to Eureka Springs and Branson. Not that I am very excited about going to any of the dinner theaters. But there were two things I wanted to see in Branson – the Titanic exhibit and Dick’s Five and Dime.
Titanic in Branson
I wish I could show you stunning photos of the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri. But as there are no photos allowed inside, I’ll just say it was interesting. Low, however, on actual Titanic artifacts, in my personal opinion. They did tell the story very well and they have interactive components, such as a tub of water the temperature of the water on the night the Titanic sank. It has a timer so you can see how long you can keep your finger in the water. I kept my hand in longer than everyone trying it at the time. I could have kept it in longer, but at 28 seconds I was done for and wasn’t interested in frostbite to prove a point. But imagine, only 28 seconds. They also have mockups of a part of the deck at three different angles. This is to approximate how difficult it would have been for passengers to maneuver once the stern began rising out of the ocean. In my Remix leather-soled wedges, I couldn’t pull myself up the second or third levels, which were I’d guess were at 25 and 65 degrees. And I loved venturing up the first class staircase.
5 and 10 Store
After we visited the Titanic Museum, we went to downtown Branson, just so I could visit Dick’s 5 and 10. Most towns used to have five and dime stores. I even remember my mother’s Oklahoma hometown having one, but like many things, they have fallen by the wayside. Not Dick’s. That place was jumping and had aisle upon aisle of every little do-dad you could imagine. And I found some neat goodies, including vintage-style toys, chiffon scarves, nude cotton stockings. My best purchase included long underwear that only come to your knee. That way I could wear my dresses in the fall and winter a little more comfortably.
On the way home, we decided to swing through Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once a booming resort town known for its healing natural springs. Today, it is mostly a tourist and art destination. Many natural springs are scattered through town, elegantly framed.
When in Eureka Springs, I particularly wanted to visit a special hotel. The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa
. This working hotel is a beautiful throw back to the grandeur of the 19th century. It is also supposedly haunted by several ghosts, including, perhaps, Irene Castle, and was investigated by, among other groups, Sci Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunters. I would have loved to have done the ghost tour, but as I had my Little Man with me, who would cringe at the thought of taking a ghost tour, I had to settle for wandering the grounds and having a stunningly-good dinner in their dining room (we were the only party in the room, I might add, which was a little odd.) The lobby housed not one, but two orchestrions. I only wish I could have heard them play.