Disclaimer: This is going to be the equivalent of looking at someone else’s vacation photos. If you don’t like that sort of thing, I’d advise moving along to the next site in your feed list….
This past weekend we celebrated the 11th anniversary of the day that Mrs. LeadChucker decided that I was worthy of walking down the isle for. I’m eternally thankful she didn’t pull a runaway bride and go running the other direction out of the church on that day. On the worst of days, I can’t imagine not having the life we have together. We didn’t have a big celebration planned as we had something else planned for the whole family, but we did manage to pawn the kids off for a night with Grandma and Grandpa. Brad Paisley and crew were in town so we picked up tickets for the show at the River Port, UMB Bank Pavillion, Verizon Wireless local amphitheater. We had a good time just hanging out and listening to music that we both like, and getting to take the parent hat off for just a little bit.
Friday we picked up the youngsters and headed off to Branson for a long weekend. While this wasn’t my first choice of vacation spots, it’s what we could easily afford and fit into our summer schedule. I would have liked to have said we picked that weekend because it was going to be cooler than going later in July, but with temperatures in the mid-90’s I can just leave that out…. We spent the weekend at Silver Dollar City. For an amusement park, it has a little something for everyone. My wife and I enjoy the shops where they have craftsmen working their respective trades, and they have some fun rides that the whole family can enjoy together. The other thing which was cool, promptly at opening time people gather in the “Town square”, remove their hats and face the American flag for the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the singing of the National Athem. It’s nice to see that these two traditions still have some meaning. Like I said, it was hot, but thankfully, most of the park is heavily shaded. We spent most of the day, but since we could take advantage of 2 days for the price of one, we could easily adjourn back to the hotel for a little pool time when the heat of the day started taking its toll.
There are days I wish we had one of these…..
And I’m sure there are days when the kid’s wished they could do this to us as well…….
Our package included a show, so we picked the Dixie Stampede, the least cheesy of all the shows in Branson. We were entertained, well fed and rehydrated by the end of the show My youngest was excited to see the Texas Longhorns in the arena, and my oldest was enthralled with all the horses (her favorite animal).
A trip to Branson would not be complete without a stop at Lambert’s just south of Springfield, Home of the Throwed Rolls. We hit them on the way down Friday as we figured Sunday would be a nightmare because of Father’s Day. If you’ve never been to Lambert’s, you are treated with some good down home cooking. They walk around serving up extra sides like black-eyed peas, fried potatoes, fried okra, and macaroni with tomatoes. And yes, they really do throw the rolls. My son thought that was pretty cool. I realize they might be a little overpriced, but you do get a lot of food for your money. And it’s the only place I’ve found that makes ham & beans, and fried potatoes that taste darn near the same as what I can remember having as a kid.
Like I said before, Branson wasn’t necessarily my first choice of a place to go. However at one point during the weekend, both kids, unsolicited, thanked me for booking the weekend. And because I’m a sucker for that sort of thing, it made it all worthwhile.