The first day didn't start out as planned. We woke two hours later than we wanted. It didn't help the fact that we went to bed late. I couldn't get the car ready for the trip. So many obstacles in the way of that task. Once we got going, we made pretty good time. The trip was scheduled take 7 1/2 hours, we made it in 7. That's with two unscheduled stops to fix the roof storage. We kept hearing tapping from the strapes. There wasn't enough duct tapes to silence the noise. I wasn't able to turn up the music to drowd out the noise, the decimal level was too great.
We arrive at Amazinn Suites. The room was great and the beds were better, but there was no time for rest. We had exactly 30 minutes to get to the duck. Ride the Duck that is. Bus tour of the city then a splash down into Table Top Lake. Amphibious bus that can drive on the road and wade in the water. It was used in the WWII to haul supplies from the ships to the shore. It was a blast.
After that, we went out to eat. Fall Creek is a steak house with a small town feel. These people, when asked, will throw rolls at you. That's their trade mark. When we went it was packed. It remind me a Cracker Barrel, with a little general store in front entrance. They a lot of old signs hanging throughout the place. They also had concrete impressions for all the stars that have been there. It doesn't appear that no stars have been there since '97.
The day ended with us driving around town, seeing the sites with all the lights and getting ice cream. Very nice.
Day 2 was a day at Silver Dollar City. The weather was prefect being in the middle of July and us just coming from the HEAT of Texas. The temperature was in the 100s when we left, so when you have temperatures in the low 90s and the occasional showers, I don't think the weather could have any better. There was a lot of walking involved, which normally isn't an issue but with this being Branson and all the hills, it can wear you out.
We didn't ride every ride, Christopher was restricted from some of them. Wildfire for instance, he was less than a quarter inch from the required height, 52". Other than that, he had a blast.
On PowderKeg, there was a computer malfunction when we were in the middle of the ride. All though it was exciting it was also scary not knowing what was going to happen next. Plus it suck that we waiting for an hour in line to ride this coster. It was really the only ride that the line took longer than an hour. The park wasn't crowned at all. Angela and I loved the shops but a lot of the items sold were well over priced. All the park workers were dressed as hillbillies. That was neet, coming from Texas.
Marvel Cave was next on the list of dos at SDC. It was exciting, dark and cold just as it was described. The tour did take an hour. And as we were doing the tour, I tried to think back to remember the last time I came to this cave. It was over 30 years since I last been to the cave. I don't remember the tram but the workers says it was there then. I don't remember the tram, I remember the stairs and all those steps. Oh well, that was then. Christopher had a blast, and so did my better half.
After the SDC, we all too tired to do anything, so we decided to stay in last night. I went out to get a few things from the store. Mistake! I left the hotel room before 9 and I didn't get back until 10. Traffic isn't the best around with one lane down 76. The strip is a busy, busy rode. And rightly so, there are lots of things to do and see and eat. We could be here another two weeks and we still wouldn't hit everything. What I went to get at the store...a toothbush and bubble bath. Hindsight, I should have stay in the room. :-)
Day 3, Tuesday. It was a day for seeing the sights and doing the some of the great attractions they have here in Branson. After sleeping in, we went to The Butterfly Palace. That is a neat place. I've never seen so many butterflies in one place. Christopher was freaking out a little, he isn't use to having insects flying at him. It really make him uneasy. There was other insects that he really enjoyed. And the Maze of Mirrors was interesting. We needed up staying over an hour, almost 2.
From there is was time to eat some lunch. We went to Pizza World, thinking that was the same one that was in Toy Story, but that was Pizza Planet. Pizza was good, but it was a let down once we knew it wasn't fameous.
Next on the agenda was Hollywood Wax Museum. That was cool. We were able to get a package of 3 events. Castle of Chaos, Shooting for the Stars(Mini-Golf) and Wax Museum. Castle of Chaos was like a game/ride. They have you sit in a chair and gun to shot ghosts and demons. None were every friendly. They kept a tabulation of everyone's score and displayed it on the screen. There were times that you felt like bats were buzzing you and somewhere in the middle, everyone thought blood was getting sprayed on them. That was sort of cool.
In the Wax Museum, we saw all the stars that I like. It's amazing that they look so life like. When we got to the scary part, Christopher didn't want to go through and they do give you an option to by-pass it, which Christopher didn't want to see the scary part. He was going to use the by-pass to avoid the scary portion. He ended up getting lost and I think that scared him more. All was well in the end. Angela married Johhny Depp, the wax figure. HAHA.
Shooting for the Stars was great but it was really hot by this time. We finished the round, I won by one stroke. But a win, is a win. We ended up going back to the room to recover from this hot day.
We came back to the hotel to recover and rest before heading out for dinner. We ended up going to swimming in the hotel pool. Christopher had plenty of kids to play with. We later went to dinner, almost too late. The place we originally picked closed, Montana Mike's. So we went to the first place that sounded interesting and open. That place was called Charlie's Steakhouse. They had live music, an entertainer named Rebecca Dawn. She would walk around the restaurant, sing and talk to the custumers. They have this huge, fake bull that all the kids love to play on. Yes, we took pictures with us on them. After that we came back to the hotel and got some a ice cream. That hit the spot.
It's 1 o'clock in the morning and I'm working...on vacation. It wasn't planned. I just happen to look to see how things are going in the office. Tons of requests waiting to be addressed for the weekend. Angela isn't happy, but she isn't feeling well from those fried pickles we had, too much grease.
Back to bed.
Travel day. But before we head towards St. Louis, we have some zip lining to do. We went to Vigilante Ziprider at Shepherd of the Hills. It was crazy high. 230 feet in the air hanging by a wire isn't what i dream of doing. But I do love the thrill. After that the Titantic Museum. We thought the longest we would be there was about an hour. three hours later all the move eduationed and loaded with more sourvenirs.
We decided to eat before jet to our next destination. The place we decide on was Whipper Snappers. The name, I have to admit was the reason I wanted to go. Angela didn't like it from the beginning. That was the sign I should have went with. But I'm stubborn, I wanted to say I went there. The prices was too high and the food just about made me sick. A weaker person would have lost their lunch. In the end, I can say that I had my first lobster at Whipper Snappers.
The drive was great to St. Louis. I didn't have to drive the whole time. Angela had it covered. I was able to see the scenery. The country side was great. And because we got a late start, we got into St. Louis at night. Cities are meant to be admired after dark.
The hotel stay was great. It was a high rise, Crowne Plaza, a block from our morning destination...The Arch. We were on the 18th floor, but it was still too high for me to get close to the window, let alone the balcony. I kept that information to myself. I didn't want Christopher going out there. No deaths on my vacation. The room was great, it was the first time on vacation that Angela and I could have some privacy. There wasn't two beds but there was two rooms. The living room had a hideaway bed.
Thursday was a great morning. We still manage to get a late start, but that isn't what vacation is about...right. We checked out of the hotel, loaded up the car then walked to The Arch, The Gateway Arch. It was tall, but that isn't anything no one hasn't heard before. Being the first time, I didn't know how it worked. I didn't know how we were going to get to the top, but I was well eduated before leaving. The experience was breathtaking. It could have been the fear of heights that creeping in. Not sure, I am sure that it will be something I will never forget.
After that, we went to the City Museum. All art work made up with from recycled or donated items. The place was neat and big. 8 stories tall, plus the roof. There wasn't enough time to see everything. We might have seen a 1/4 of the place. We were there for three hours. We will have to come back, at some point. There's a circus, aquarium, the roof we didn't get too. The fourth flour wasn't visited. We did explore the one of the caves there. YES, we will be back.
Travel time again, heading to Kennett. The place I was born. A little nervous about the whole visit. Unsure how things will go.