Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Hillbillies Come Out in the Afternoon

Needing a fun day, my friend Tara and I drove about an hour away to visit the Weiderkehr Winery for tasting and to eat at their 'authentic' Swiss/German restaurant.

Except her GPS tried to get us killed.

One of the many dead vineyards.
After inputing the address into the GPS, we set off on the road. After reaching Altus, we followed the GPS's directions to get to the winery. We missed the original turn off, so it recalculated and told us to head up a bit and there would be another entrance.

We ended up turning onto a dirt road. Being a popular Arkansas tourist destination, I was a little bemused at the fact it was up a dirt road.

We passed miles of dead vineyards and finally ended up in the middle of a feild somewhere in front of a locked gate. 

Somebody doesn't want anyone to know
where we are.
We turned around and headed back. And when we turned around, I noticed a mangled street sign lying in the brush.

Cue Dueling Banjos.
Confused, since the street sign said the correct road, we decided to head back slowly down the dirt road and back to the first turn off the GPS directed us to.

That was also a dirt road. We kept following the navigation of this little machine and ended up on top of a mountain, miles away from a real road or people we knew probably wouldn't kill us or go all Deliverance on us.

Dishwasher? Dryer? Oven used to cook people?

Along the road, we found several things, including a dishwasher and a pull out couch . At a cross roads, there were also two very large dirt mounds, covered in brush and grass.

Hey, this pull out couch just
needs a little Fabreeze and it'll
be just fine!

We finally ended up at the only house in the area and had to turn around in their yard as the road was too narrow to do so. It really freaked us out too because we just knew these people were going to run out and attack us and feed us to their goats, pigs, and chickens.

Finally we made it out and back on the highway, where we went the other direction and stopped at a very populated tourist shop and asked for directions to the winery. After an hour of creepy backwoods driving, we finally made it and enjoyed tasting the wine.
Super creepy statue at the winery

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