At home in Fort Worth...
Perhaps people call us square, but we love Branson. It is possibly one of the last places in America that we recognize as the kind of place in which we grew up. The entertainment is entirely family-friendly, and every show celebrates patriotism and our Christian heritage. Everyone we meet there is super-nice and friendly, and we never see any evidence of crime, substance abuse or even rowdiness. The police surely must not have much to do there. There are no mosques, no peep shows...heck, I don't even remember seeing a bar! And where else will drivers famously motion you ahead of them in the never-ending queue of cars along the highway 76 main drag? Yes, I know, this is somewhat pollyanna-ish but I don't care; it's the world as I want it to be.
It's no wonder then, that we visit Branson fairly regularly and decided to spend Thanksgiving there this year. Mindy and Mason went with us in Phannie, and Tyler flew up and met us there. We saw a couple of shows that we enjoyed greatly, but mostly, we just had the best time introducing the "kids" to the magical entertainment scene, fully regaled in over-the-top Christmas decorations. They especially loved Silver Dollar City and spent most of their time there.
We had our Thanksgiving dinner at the Big Cedar Lodge along with several hundred other people who had the same idea. The food was plentiful and fantastic. Big Cedar must be one of the most beautiful settings anywhere for getting away from it all and just enjoying the wonder of what has been created there in the Ozarks on the shore of Table Rock Lake. Words just can't describe it. Mindy said it was her favorite vacation, second only to our trip to Europe a few years ago.
It was quite cold during most of our stay, but Phannie didn't miss a beat. We stayed nice and warm with her two furnaces, and the big propane tank supplied all the energy needed. This time, we stayed at the Branson KOA campground. It was nice enough, with friendly staff and a fairly level site and, best of all, it was just a short drive to all the attractions.We rented a cabin for the kids, and they seemed to enjoy the rustic nature of this little getaway.
Following are a few photos taken during the trip.
Here is a scary one--Sandy and Mason, reading a road map, helping me navigate. (Not to worry; the GPS was right on the money.)
Our little family at Big Cedar Lodge:
"Mimi" and "Poppy" with Mason overlooking Table Rock Lake from the Lodge:
We just had to eat here; Mason loved the big chicken:
And how about some shopping while in Branson? Lots of places to do that, unfortunately for my pocketbook. This photo is for Sandy's friends who know of her unending quest for a purse big enough to hold all her stuff (Marilyn, you will get a kick out of this). I think you've finally found it, dear...