A woman demonstrates spinning at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, near Mountain View, Arkansas

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A female cougar rests peacefully at Turpentine Creek animal rescue near Eureka Springs.
An old craggy tree served as a perch for a group of turkey vultures along Table Rock Lake near Branson, MO.

high or as prominent as other mountains, but beautiful and mystifying in their own right.

To call the Ozarks rolling hills is both true and an understatement. As one of the people we encountered liked to point out—in Missouri the hills roll in such a way that they cause your car to go up and down steep hills. In Arkansas, they cause your car to wind more side to side.

Either way, starting just southwest of St. Louis, the countryside starts to get a lot more interesting.

Our sojourn took us off the main road at Rolla, as we set our destination for Mountain View, Arkansas, a town of about 2,200 people known for its musical bent.

Thanks to satellite radio, we were able to listen to the Packer broadcast, as we drove those endless winding hills.

Mountain View is a quaint town,