Taking Our Vehicle onto the Water
It really amazes me when people tell me they don’t think there is much to do around here. We’ve still got a list of things to do and are still finding things to do in The Natural State, sometimes in our own backyard.
This weekend, it literally was in our own backyard, on the waters of Bull Shoals Lake. Peel, Arkansas is a little burg about 15 miles from our house and what makes it so unique is that it is home to the last operating ferry in the state. The ferry shuttles people and their vehicles from one side of Bull Shoals, to the other, most frequently connecting Arkansans with Branson, Missouri about 30 minutes away.
I’m told there’s ferries in other areas, but being Midwesterners from Kansas City, we had never rode one before, so we set off for a new adventure on Sunday. We ate breakfast at a small café and headed for the ferry loading spot.
It’s really surprising how much fun taking our truck out onto the water was!
I somehow forgot my camera, but you can get a look at the ferry at this news website. The 2-mile run from one side to the other takes about 20 minutes and it was a gloriously wonderful day to be on the lake.
We got to see all of the wonderful fall colors on the shore and watch the wildlife and birds, all from the comfort of our vehicle. I don’t think there’s been a better invention since the drive in theater.
There is a way to get to our destination, Branson, that doesn’t require waiting for a boat to pick us up, but Dale has always hated the drive on that highway, which is narrow, curvy and rife with danger. This ride and drive after we disembarked the ferry, was scenic and serene. I’m sure we’ll be taking the ferry anytime we go to Branson during the day.
Stay tuned. On Thursday, I’ll write about what we purchased in Branson, which will help make Our Little House even greener.
Have you ever taken a ferry in your car? Tell us about when and where.