Sunday, April 23, 2006

Beaver Dam

You get a good workout walking through the town of Eureka Springs as every road is either going up hill or down hill. The owner of one store explained that we had walked from street level onto the 2nd floor of her store — the first floor was below ground as the road had been raised 8 feet a century ago. It’s hard to imagine that the roads were even hillier. The shops are full of unique items many made by local artists or artists from around the US.

As Zaph had waited for us in the trailer while we checked out the stores we decided to take him for a drive and look for a nice place for a walk. The local map showed “Beaver Dam” a few miles down the road from us. “Beaver Dam” turned out to be a large dam built by the Corp of Engineers creating a large lake called Beaver Lake and some beautiful parkland.

Eureka Springs

These paintings are done by local artists. You can bid on your favorite one and buy it.

The garden of the Basin Spring Hotel. Motor bikes are a common site in Eureka Springs. The area roads attract bikers from all over.

Eureka Springs was famous for it's "healing springs" in the late 1800's.

Beware of the "Attack Bunny". Some stores will put everyone to work including the family pet.

Another street view.

The Crescent Hotel. It sits high on a hill overlooking the town --- people say that it is haunted.

A view from the back porch of the Crescent Hotel.

We were standing down the road from the Crescent Hotel and looked across the valley and saw Christ of the Ozarks. It really is tall.

This is one big beaver dam .... The insert is the tower you can see in the middle of the photo.

Beaver Lake

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