Back home again.

Well we are back from Branson.  It wasn’t exactly what we expected but we still had a really good time.  There’s definitely not a lot to do at night there.  The streets are bumper to bumper during the day, but at night you’ve got free run of the place!  If we were to do it again, we’d definitely try to rent a cabin or something out by Table Rock lake, just to have some nice space to relax in during the downtime.

The big building is called the Chateau on the Lake or something like that.

The big building is called the "Chateau on the Lake" or something like that.

Tons of places to fish and camp.  And the water was crystal clear!

Tons of places to fish and camp. And the water was crystal clear!

Cottages down by the marina.

Cottages down by the marina.

It’s so beautiful out there.  All sorts of trees, hills, and water.  I’d love to rent a house boat or something sometime and just spend a week out there fishing and drinking beer, and taking in some of the sights.  I’m a geeky boring person, so I really enjoyed all the museums.  Some were better than others, but the Titanic museum is well worth the price of admission (and at $20 a person that’s saying something).  Come to find out, that big ship outside?  Yeah, only 1/2 scale.  MAN was that a big boat.  No pictures allowed inside, so soak it all up while you’re in there.  We spent 3 hours there, and I’m sure we didn’t get a good look at everything.

There’s also Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum.  Just a collection of weird cooky stuff.  Kinda neat but thought it was a little pricey.  The Hollywood Wax Museum was very cool.  The Dinosaur Museum has life size replicas of Dinosaurs.  Pretty cool, kids would LOVE it!  I would have liked more scientific info, but it was still neat to get up close to T-rex and others.

Big ole Stegosaurus.

Big ole Stegosaurus.

Say goodbye!

Say goodbye!

Everything in Branson seems to cost at least $10.  So take your number of stops planned for the day.  Multiply by $20 and add food and gas, and there’s your budget.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not to say it isn’t worth it, but a lot of times I found myself forking over $20 or $30 just because I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to do this stuff again for a long time.  (Which I’m sure is their plan.)  $10 a person to ride an elevator 16 stories seemed a little steep, but I’m still glad we went up Inspiration Tower, and got a good look at the Ozarks.  $10 a person to ride one of the 50 different go-kart tracks… lame.  Since when do gokarts AUTOMATICALLY hit the breaks going down hills.  20 m.p.h. speed limits FTL.  $10 per person for a really retro indoor mini-golf was okay since we had the whole place to ourselves pretty much.  But they could have been a little more creative with the course designs!

Inspiration Tower

Inspiration Tower

Branson from the top.

Branson from the top.

Goofballs

Goofballs

Indoor mini-golf.  Fun, but I recommend one of the 17 outdoor mini golf courses (unless its snowing).

Indoor mini-golf. Fun, but I recommend one of the 17 outdoor mini golf courses (unless it's snowing).

In Branson, youre never more than 100 ft. from a gift shop.

In Branson, you're never more than 100 ft. from a gift shop.

Part of what surprised me about Branson is just the atmosphere.  I knew it was all about country music, and live shows, but the way the city is laid out creates a very confusing experience.  With so many hills around, there’s not too much “off the beaten path”.  There’s just not that many paths to choose from.  So mixed in between really upscale theaters and condos, you’ll find old vacant buildings reminiscent of the 50’s and better days.  Then you might run across large cleared and undeveloped areas.  It’s almost like the town is caught between two eras.  The old tie the suitcase to the top of the car, Griswold family vacation days, and the new multi-million luxury timeshare days.  And without space to separate the two, it just seems odd.  Not bad or scary, just not what I had expected.

I’m glad we went and I had a great time.  But I probably won’t be back until we have some kids to take with us, or we get a group of people who want to split renting a cabin on the lake or something.  There’s no shortage of things to do there.  Which reminds me, we never did go see a show.  Not really Andrea or I’s thing, which surely adds to why we might be Branson misfits.  Haha.  It’s not the cheapest vacation if you plan on running and doing stuff all day everyday.  But like anywhere there’s always fun things to do that don’t cost a dime.  Like taking in the lake or visiting the fish hatchery!  (Seriously, it was actually fun.)

Trying to decide the best way to torture these fish.

Trying to decide the best way to torture these fish.

Table Rock Dam and powerhouse.

Table Rock Dam and powerhouse.

Oh yeah.  We rented a Mazda 6, and now Andrea wants a new car.  Greaaat.

Dont get used to it.

Don't get used to it.

She never even let me drive it on the road.  I got to pull it around the hotel once.

She never even let me drive it on the road. I got to pull it around the hotel once.

Speaking of cars... just saw this driving around.  All I can say is WTF?

Speaking of cars... just saw this driving around. All I can say is WTF?

A real head turner.

A real "head turner".

Welp, I have a little over a week left at Dillon’s.  Better get to work!

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Posted on May 19, 2009, in Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. a Mazda 6? what a slow crappy car why would anyone want one of those? you are better off with a ‘rolla like mine … HAHA

    looks like you guys had fun!

  2. I was hoping you would have more photos to share! It looks like you guys had a fun and busy trip out there. Did the weather stay nice for you?

    What is all over that car? It was being driven around…by Lurch?

  3. There’s tons more photos in my Picasa gallery.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/kartmaster/BransonTrip?feat=directlink

    Weather was great. Rained real hard the first night we were there, but it was dry and sunny by the next morning. Everything was so green it was crazy!

    That car had parts from all sorts of different old cars, and had sea shells, coffee mugs, coins, and just about anything else glued to it!

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