Unique

That’s the word for Eagle conversions–unique. While each bus contains the same approximate space (320 to 340 square feet in a 40′ coach) and the basic components (living space, kitchen, bath and bedroom), individual taste and decor make them very different. I thought I’d take some time to document that since we’ve seen quite a variety in the last two weeks.

I’m not sure about anyone else but the door, entry and dashboard have been a real challenge for us. None of that was finished when we bought the bus, so you can imagine how impressed I was when I opened this door.

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One very different thing from one bus to another is the type of wood chosen for woodwork. Ours is a light oak but others are cherry or walnut. Some use wood for walls as well as cabinets while others, like ours, use another wall covering. Floors range from tile to vinyl to wood. I did see one thing this time that I’ve never seen before, a shower with walls of wood.

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Most of the men who do their own conversions have learned a very important lesson: happy wife, happy life. I particularly like this architectural addition to the bedroom of this one. It has one lavatory in the bathroom and another in the bedroom. The second one had this lovely support pillar beneath that holds everything a woman needs to get ready for the day.

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Our bus, Liberty, is not the only one that has a unique name proudly on display, either on the front cap, end, side or the license plate.

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We ate at several excellent restaurants in and around Branson while we were there. The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is magnificent, both in ambience and food. It is fine dining at its best, staffed by College of the Ozarks students. Even the live dinner music was presented by students. There is no tuition for fulltime students. Everyone works. There is a dairy on the campus, again staffed by students, and they sell homemade ice cream in many delicious flavors.

Another day we at lunch at Big Cedar Lodge, which is owned by Bass Pro Shop. The setting is gorgeous and nicely landscaped and the food was wonderful.

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Billy Gail’s restaurant, by contrast, is a small locally owned place renowned for breakfast. Can’t imagine ordering just one pancake and getting full? You will when said pancake laps over the plate by an inch or more on each side, maybe even enough to touch the table in some cases. The Belly Buster meal is one to share!

We attended two shows while we were in Branson this time. A country “honky-tonk” musician, Mark Chesnutt, was a group activity but LeRoy and I went to “Jonah” on our own. We had seen this car around in town advertising it.

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Our friend Linda Snyder-Patterson had told us where the best seats would be in the Sight and Sound theater and that the little girl who has a conversation  with Jonah is her granddaughter. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the theater but I doubt they would have done it justice, anyway. Since our granddaughter Jordan has a degree in technical theater and has helped dress actors for numerous performances, I was particularly impressed by the many quick changes of the cast, who jumped from character to character throughout the afternoon. There just aren’t adequate words for the technicalities of the stages, including a 30,000 lb. ship that moves all over the stage and even rolls on the waves. I’d definitely recommend “Jonah” to anyone who is visiting Branson!

While we were in Colorado this summer, I finished a jigsaw puzzle that was multi-colored jelly beans and I began another that was a cardinal on a monochromatic background of bark and weeds. I finished the border and the cardinal but got bogged down on the rest. Each piece was different and none of them were the typically cut puzzle pieces. While we were in Grand Island, a couple of the women said they liked to work puzzles so I put it out on a table in the pavilion in Branson. We finally gained momentum just about the time we needed to leave for “Jonah” and when I came back, the finished puzzle was on our picnic table. Thanks, Pat Bolding and Karen Ward!

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The trip home was eventful for us, too. On Wednesday evening, we went to Miami, OK to visit our granddaughter Katrina and her friend Ty. We hadn’t seen Katie since May, so we had a lot of catching up to do. I wish it was a easy to visit with Alma, our granddaughter in Atlanta!

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We drove back toward Wichita on Thursday and it took us just a few hours longer than we had planned. Just before we got to the rest area on Hwy 400 in KS, Liberty sprung a leak so bad than the bus behind us had to run their wipers. They tried to call but didn’t have service. LeRoy decided to stop for a break and just after we parked, the voice message came in. It turns out that the leak was a fuel hose that had come apart, so we had to drive back to Parsons to get a new hose made and then LeRoy had to install it. Fortunately, he was mostly inside the engine compartment when the rainstorm hit and the rain had mostly quit by the time we pulled back on the road.

LeRoy has lists of things to accomplish in the next few weeks before it is time to head toward Arizona and we have dentist and doctor appointments to catch up on, too, so it will be a busy time.

 

 

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