Monday, August 20, 2012

Clan Vacation

 A week before school starts the kids and I got to enjoy our Clan Vacation, sadly without the husband. My grandparents traveled down from Ohio with plans of site seeing. This being my first trip in over 5 years of having Sebastian, and the kids first road trip. Friday our clan traveled in two cars to Mt. View. My grandparents in one car, and my parents and the four of us in aonther. The boys got to watch a few movies through out the trip on a portable dvd player which thank goodness I decided to bring along and out of the boxes they have sat in since recieving them for xmas last year. The ride up was a pretty quite one with sleepy kids and small conversations here and there.  Once we had arrived we went to unload in the cabin. Streatched our legs and uncramped our behinds. Fed the hungrey bellies then headed up to the town square to listen to the folk music. Sebstian enjoyed sitting down watching the locals play on their instruments and sang beautiful music. Mt. View has always been my favorite home away from home. Nice quite little town, with wonderfuly friendly people. With small stores with a vast variety of goodies for everyone. Candy stores for the kiddos, Antique/flea markets, Hippy, motorcycle wear gear with leathers. The next morning we headed out to Eureka Springs to check out the old town, Quigley Castle, Cresent Hotel and a few antigue/ fleamarkets along the way.

 Quigley castle wasn't really a castle but more of a house.
Elise Quigley created a unique house to fulfill her dream of bringing nature indoors. She used the concept of a Roman courtyard atrium to design her beautiful home. Using two foundations, she created a natural space within the outer and inner wall where plants could be grown.
The outside walls are decorated with a her rock collection from Elise’s childhood. The outside landscaping includes more than one hundred rock sculptures set in a garden with glass bottles her husband collected over the years into glass bottle trees, antique roses, and more than 400 varieties of perennials. For forty years, until her death in 1984, Quigley lived in her dream house, filling every possible space with her collections and creations. For example, an upstairs bedroom is covered with a collage she crafted out of butterflies moths  collected in her garden. The property contains a fish pond and numerous flowerpots made by Quigley. The property also encompasses a spring-fed reservoir, a greenhouse, rock gardens, a cistern, and an outdoor privy. It was amaing to see how her hobby of collecting rocks and her vision for a bigger picture created such unique beauty. Like that of my horendous yarn stash that has slowely became various headbands, blankets, murlocs, wine cozies.

 Our Next stop was the famous Cresent hotel.Located in remote resort town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas stands the gothic Crescent Hotel. Called by some the "Grand Old Lady of the Ozarks, the hotel has served as many things over the years and yet strangely, each incarnation was reported to be haunted and each one also contributed to the legion of phantoms believed to walk the corridors of the building.  The hotel was built on the crest of West Mountain between 1884 and 1886 and may have gained its first ghost when a workmen fell from the roof during the construction. His body landed in the second floor area where Room 218 is now located. I doubt that it’s a coincidence that this room is considered to be one of the most haunted in the hotel! on a previous trip my mom said the tour lady told of  young girl falling to her death off of the main stairs of the hotel. The rails were just shy of knee lentgh, with my petiteness being 5ft not much of a rail. After walking away from the stair case sebatian grabbed my hand. Mom there's a little girlup their in a white dress. She can't find her mommy. Quickly looking back there was nothing there. Our last visit of the day was the Thorncrown Chapel made of glass.

 Our last day sunday we again saw a few more antique, flea markets. The kids found a few trucks, and some candy from Yoder's Country Cupboard
Bulk Foods, Snacks, Amish Style Cheeses, Jams & Jellies, Coffee, Rada Cutlery, WonderMills,

Hand-crafted Wood Rocking Chairs & Gliders, Christian Books,

and much more…

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