Branson, MO Part II: "How High's the Water, Momma?"
After we left Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, J. Michael wanted to stop at Peter Engler Designs. Peter Engler is a woodcarver, and he has a shop in the Grand Village Shops along the main drag in Branson. The shop features wood carvings, pottery and miscellaneous items by over 200 crafters.
J. Michael is interested in getting started in whittling. He even got a starting carving kit for Christmas from his sister, so he thought Peter Engler's shop might be a good place so see some examples of various types of carving.
We certainly weren't disappointed. Peter Engler was there working, and we enjoyed watching him as he carved Santa ornaments. Like most people who are passionate about their interests, Peter was more than willing to share information and to answer J. Michael's questions.
As we said, the work of over 200 crafters is represented in the shop. There were small items like decorative wood bookmarks and key chains, and there were larger items like turned bowls, wooden lamps (including translucent wood shades), abstract carvings and life-size wood sculptures. Paul enjoyed some of the larger pieces.
In addition to finished products, the shop also sells basswood carving and turning blanks, carving chisels and "how-to" CDs. We spent well over an hour in the shop looking at everything and talking to Peter.
After visiting Peter Engler Designs, Lora and J. Michael headed back to their room to rest and get ready for some evening activities that were planned for the wedding party (Lora was Heather's matron of honor), and we went back to the motor home.
It was raining quite heavily that day, and it had done so since about 10:00 PM the night before. The Escapees Turkey Creek Campground gets it's name from the fact it is located right on Turkey Creek. The creek was a little high when we arrived due to previous wet weather, and the base of some of the trees along the banks were standing in the water.
We watched the creek slowly rise before we left to meet Lora and J. Michael. When we returned around 3:00 PM, the creek was up over the banks and the lower road of the campground was underwater. By this time, it had stopped raining, but the water was still slowly rising.
We kept our eye on the water level, and by 5:00 there were ducks swimming on the site next to us.
Although it looked like the increase in water level was slowing, it was going to be dark soon, and we didn't want to worry about the water level all night. We were pretty sure it wouldn't get high enough to flood the motor home, but we didn't want to take a chance on having to step out the door in the morning into a foot of water. Therefore, we decided it was time to move.
We were only moving two sites away so we didn't have to pack up everything. We didn't even put the satellite dish down. We unhooked our sewer and water hoses, hand carried them to the new site, then we pulled in the slides and raised the jacks. By the time we were ready to move, this was how close the water was.
And this was the view out the door.
After we moved, the water level increased only a slight additional amount. The water never got up onto the gravel pad on our previous site, and by morning it had completely receded back to the level it was when we first arrived. We're still glad we moved because as you can see in the photo above, the area at the bottom of our steps was a low spot and we would have ended up with about 6 inches of water there. We figured that area would have taken several days to dry out, assuming it didn't rain again.
We still have the wedding to look forward to, as well as the likelihood of some drier adventures, so stay tuned.