Thursday, July 12, 2018
Photos and commentary by Jerry and Susan Jindrich
Our plan for Thursday was to go off on our own to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This museum was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation. Its permanent collection "spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day". America has been home to some of the best talent in the world. Some are very well known. Some have been largely ignored. This museum tries to bring attention to them all.
The drive to Bentonville takes roughly three and a half hours. We didn't leave as early as we had hoped because we wanted to spend a few minutes in Porsche's store which, to our dismay, had already packed up and left Tan-Tar-A. We also wanted to drop in on the art show to cast our vote for the photo Terry Davis had entered. He captured an elongated reflection of Jeff Jackson's GT3 on the side of a polished steel tanker truck. Of course, we stayed to look at all of the other entries.
We did finally leave, and got to Bentonville in the early afternoon. The museum is housed in "a series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds". Everything is nestled in a heavily-wooded setting. From the parking lot visitors enter a tower and ride an elevator down to a courtyard on the museum's main level.
This is a very interesting museum.
It's full of traditional paintings, drawings, and scuptures.
But there are surprises inside and out.
There's a casually elegant place for fine dining or coffee and a pastry.
The views are restful.
The grounds contain large sculptures and many walking trails.
We didn't have time to see all of the museum's exhibits and did not spend time in the surrounding grounds because of our long ride back (it was 10:00 PM before we parked in the Tan-Tar-A garage). But the trip to this high-quality museum in a small Arkansas city was worthwhile and we hope to return.
Friday, July 13, 2018
We had signed up for the Bass Pro Shop World Headquarters Tour in Springfield, Missouri, on Friday but we skipped it when we learned that separate tickets and and advance reservations were needed to see its newest attraction, the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium (supposedly America's best aquarium according to a USA Today poll). Instead, we opted for the Ha Ha Tonka State Park, just south of the high school where all the driving tours started.
The park hugs part of the Lake of the Ozarks and includes several interesting sights. One was called "the castle" and had been built on a bluff for a wealthy Kansas City businessman in the early 1900s. It was destroyed by fire in 1942. Only ruins remain, but they are impressive.
Elsewhere in the park are a natural bridge and a spring. We saw several other Porsche owners exploring the park.
High temperatures were still an issue at this year's Parade. Many people checked out early and headed for home even though there were still activities on the schedule for Saturday. We left, too, but we had already planned to spend the night in St. Louis in order to spend some of Saturday looking at trains.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
If you are a fan of trains, the National Museum of Transportation is not far away and well worth a visit. There is a building dedicated to automobiles, and there are very few aircraft on the property, and at least one boat, but these seem to be secondary interests of the museum.
The train collection includes many historically significant engines and railway cars and there is a small station filled with interesting artifacts (plus cold drinks and ice cream).
Signs were posted to warn visitors to take it easy.
There is a new welcome center housing ticket sales, a variety of exhibits, a gift shop, and a party room for children.
There were some interesting automobiles and trucks but two stood out. One was this rare, early '60s gas turbine car from Chrysler.
The other was an eye-popping custom car built for '60s pop music star Bobby Darrin.
A small train takes passengers for a ride around some of the property.
Full-size trolleys offer rides in a different area.
The surprises of the day was this 1957 Gyrodyne XRON-1 Rotorcycle prototype featuring a Porsche 4-cylinder engine.
With Newburgh only three hours away and the museum ready to close, we headed home.
2018 Porsche Parade Photos and commentary.
2018 Porsche Parade
From Debbie Jackson, Phil Green, and Mitch Deep:
Porsche Parade Snapshots
From Mitch Deep:
Parade Memories 2018
From Jerry and Susan Jindrich:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday (Current page)
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