A full day today. First I went exploring around the area. I found the Table Rock Dam and a Visitor Center for it that was amazing. The dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950’s to stop the White River from flooding. It formed the Table Rock Lake which spans several counties. The museum in the visitor center has information about the history of the dam, the wildlife in this area, the importance of water conservation and hydro-electric energy, and info about the Corps. They go all the back to the Revolutionary War! The building itself uses local limestone as part of the walls.
Then I stopped by the Table Rock State Park just down the road. Table Rock, by the way, is a mountain. The day was cool and eventually sunny, so a hike was in order. After a 2.5 mile walk through the woods, I was tired. Went back to the camp and rested until it was time for the evening activity.
The Dixie Stampede is a dinner and show created by Dolly Parton. The spectacular showcase was exciting and lots of fun. It begins with a walk through the stables where you can see all the horses used in the show. Then you go into a small theater where musical entertainers do a musical comedy routine. Imagine the song “I Want My MTV” done bluegrass style. Then it’s into the auditorium for the main event.
The show is a history of the west, starting with several buffalo. Then we see the Native American culture, the settlers moving in, and the War Between the States. The audience is divided into the North side and the South side, (I was on the north, of course). The acts are portrayed as contests with the performers in opposing groups. There are audience participation contests, too. Unfortunately, tonight the South won. Lots of music and comedy are incorporated. The riders change costumes and characters throughout.
It’s quite a show.
So tomorrow will be a quiet day, I think, Laundry and movies are on the schedule.