I’m jumping here as our guest is MIA but check back later. Until then, I want to tell you about my trip up to Eureka Springs, AR last weekend with my local RWA chapter (shout-out to Diamond State Romance Authors! WooT. Awesome chapter.)
Six of us registered to attend a writers’ conference in Eureka Springs, but we’re a group that never misses a chance to do a little research. So Thursday night, four of us (Elle James/Myla Jackson, Delilah Devlin and Brinda Berry) decided to meet at the Crescent Hotel, do a ghost hunt and spend the night. The Crescent Hotel is known as the Most Haunted Hotel In American! We did the ghost hunt, but I’m telling ya…Ghosts hate me. I never see anything. We really didn’t see much that night. Delilah has some pictures of orbs that are supposedly “ghost” orbs but I’ll leave that to your imagination. (Orb is in lower left)
No rattling chains. No bells ringing. No night visitors trying to pull my bed covers down. No ghostly nurses pushing dead bodies down the hall. Nada. No surprise. I rarely see anything “cool” on these ghost hunts (this is our second ghost hunt.) Now Delilah and Elle have had some cool ghostly experiences.
Friday attended the writers conference (nothing earth shaking to report) and moved to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Rescue. This is a non-profit organization that rescues big cats (tigers, lions, bob cats, cougars, etc) from inappropriate homes and life-threatening situations. The entire organization is run on donations and does incredible work.
Within the last few years, they have build B&B’s so guests can come stay onsite. It’s absolutely incredible to hear the lions and tigers caroling and roaring at night. Not scary – at least not for me as Turpentine has a 100% safety record. No escapes. No human maulings. We stayed in the area known as Zulu Safari Guest Lodge. The cabins are build to resemble safari tent, but trust me, these accomodations are far from rustic! Brinda Berry, Sandi Jones and I stayed in the Congo unit. The other threesome (Delilah Devlin, Elle James, and Shayla Kersten stayed here…
This is the view from our back deck. Lucky for us, it was the beginning of leaf color in that area
There are five separate units (all of them look like the pictures above) that share a common deck with a hot tub and fire pit.
On to the animals…Sometimes I forget just how BIG a tiger is until I’m standing next to one.
This is either Zeus or Zena. I’m not sure but I think it’s Zena. Rescue from a for-profit zoo in MO that was shut down.
Below is BamBam. Somebody thought that a GRIZZLY BEAR would make an awesome pet. Um, NO! They don’t. So BamBam ended up at Turpentine Creek. But I admit…I loved watching him play in his “swimming pool” with his toys…which he can totally destroy in no time flat!
I have lots more pictures I’ll try to get uploaded to Cyndi’s World later today.
Hope you enjoyed my ghosts and big cats!