I'm still on the road back from Missouri. We took the 'scenic' route home to catch a glimpse of the lakes and hills. Well, that added about 2 hours on our travel time to say the least, and we decided that this was the route to take if you have all day to enjoy the trees and sights in the non-winter months. So, I'm trying to head back to Rochester this morning, but it is rainy and very foggy this morning. Last night it was even thundering here in Waterloo.
Our trip to Springfield, MO was a fun one. On Friday night we were able to take in the sights in downtown Springfield for the monthly Art Walk. We saw a number of paintings that we both would love, had we been able to drop a few thousand on art. After that we went over to a music and art venue called The Belmonte to catch a couple bands playing.
Saturday we wandered around Springfield just to see what was in the city, and that night headed down to the Branson, MO area to Silver Dollar City. It was wall-to-wall people (or fense-to-fense), and the busiest my sister-in-law had ever seen when she had been there. We ended up seeing a musical of "A Christmas Carol" while there, which was well worth the wait in all the people.
On Sunday we checked out the Springfield Vineyard, which is a really good church and we ended up going out to lunch with a number of their attenders which was a lot of fun. We ended up exploring a little more and sat for coffee at a great place called The Mudhouse. That evening we went to the Springfield Brewing Company for "$10 pizza and a pitcher of beer" night. Good times.
Well...it is about 8:45am and still excessively foggy. I hope that it will clear a little bit in the next 30 minutes, so that I don't have any trouble driving in the rain and such. :-)