Leaving for Detroit

Today we left for Detroit where the Junior Olympics are to be held this year. First we went to swim training at 7 am for 2 hours as it was already 45 mins in the direction we were headed. We had to stop by the optometrist in Ft Smith Ark to pick up Wayne’s new prescription sunglasses.

We had already decided to do this trip over a couple of days. Driving for about 4 – 5 hours and stopping along the way if there is anything we see along the way that takes our fancy.

Our destination today was a place called Ft Leonard/St Roberts. We have booked one room for the night including breakfast which is nice.

We had packed two esky’s full of yummy goodies to eat for lunch and snacks plus plenty of drinks to keep us going. Connie and the girls had been cooking up a storm and we went on our way well stocked.

As we drove up through Missouri, which is so beautiful, we kept seeing signs for the Precious Moments Chapel. The billboards are very large along the sides of the highway so you can’t really miss it. Eventually we came to the turn off, so we decided to have a stretch break and a look around.

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We arrived at 4.15 to find it was closing at 5. Much to Wayne’s relief. We couldn’t spend too long there. 🙂

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We had enough time to walk around the lovely memorial gardens.

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Then we came to the Chapel.

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It was so peaceful and a beautifully serene place to spend some time.

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The paintings in the chapel are stunningly beautiful in their simple style.

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However it is the stained glass windows that really set the whole thing off.

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Mind you – we came back up to the main area at 4.45 thinking we had time to check out the gift shop and store. I intended purchasing a gift for a friend who collects these pretty figurines.

It was closed.

Really!

We could not believe it. We were not the only people who wanted to get into the store but the doors were firmly closed. They really meant they were out of there at 5 pm…not that they closed then. A little disappointing but I guess they were the ones who lost the sales.

Then we got back on the road and headed for our motel. The place was newish and had enough room for all of us with a roll away bed. It also had a fridge and microwave.

It was just off the highway past this sign.

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Too funny hey! We had to take a photo of course.

Then we headed here for dinner.

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We had traditional pulled BBQ beef and pork in the Ozark Style. Whatever that is, it sure was good. Topped off with really good iced tea and it was a perfect finish to a longish (we left home at 6 am) but lovely days driving.

The motel is just off to the right up the hill about 500 meters so it was nice and close.

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