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I decided I had enough of Branson. Maybe I am lactose intolerent, because Branson is so cheesy that I got bloated.
I headed back up to Springfield, Missouri, and visited Dickerson Park Zoo. It is a nice, well maintained zoo, though dominated by fences. I loved their cheetahs, but it looked like they were in a well manicured back yard in suburbia. The Missouri Animals exhibit was amazingly realistic though! :-)
I got the biggest kick out of their elephants. About 10 years ago, one of Woodland Park Zoo's female elephants, Chai, travelled to the Dickerson Park Zoo to become pregnant. When she came back she had this new habit of shifting her weight on her front feet, which many of us call the "Chai Dance." Lo and behold all four of the female Asian elephants I saw at Dickerson Park were doing the identical "Chai Dance!" Looks like it is a behavior they learn from each other.
Today's "World's Largest...": the World's Biggest Fork (in Springfield). It is outside an office building, no sign or anything!
I also passed the Solo Paper Cup plant, where the entrance is a giant paper cup. So, along with the Giant Purple Wooden Spoon near Glacier, I am now short a knife and plate.
Tonight I am in Lebanon, Missouri; sorry, the restaurant I chose, Dowd's Catfish House, did not have beer. But I did have their sampler of fried catfish, chicken, and shrimp, and a side of fried okra. Good southern eatin! Everything fried; I did avoid the fried pickles, however.
Tomorrow I head for Louisville, by way of an outdoor theatre in Pine Knob, Kentucky. Not sure what the show is. Finally do some laundry.