Branson Pt 4 Fishin' and Shoppin'!
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|Wed, 11-03-2010 - 10:56am|
So we went up the road to this little market and bought Brian a fishing license. Brian thought it was really funny that the guy who sold it to him had no idea what the rules were for what you could keep because the store was all about fishing and bait. The gal who ran the lodge at the condos told us there was horseback riding nearby but we never saw it and we never really looked too hard. I think our kids would have enjoyed it but there was just sooo much to do.
On our way out, I snapped a pic of the waterfalls at the front of the condo.We dropped Brian and Donovan off at the condo so they could go fishing and Mom, Hannah and I went shopping! There is a beautiful new mall called Branson Landing and that was our goal. Now here is the thing. Highway 76 goes right thru the middle of town and it is "the strip" where everything is located. When we were there, the traffic wasn't bad at all but I can tell you that when we go back in June it will likely be pretty horrible. The nice thing is that they have created three bypasses (red, yellow and blue) that you can jump on that will take you around 76 if you don't want to wade into the traffic. Anyway, traffic was light so we went straight down the strip. Our condo was in Indian Point which is about a 15 minute drive from the strip. It is adjacent to Silver Dollar City. So we headed toward the strip. The strip has all the shows and attractions and then as you farther down, you get to the older part where they call it "downtown" and then once you go past that, you run right into Branson Landing, which is built right on the water. It is set up beautifully. It looks like a town. It is about three blocks long and anchored on one end by Bass Pro Shop and on the other end by Belks (which we never did make it in to and have never been in). Also along the way are all the zip lines. Man, if you are brave, you could do some pretty fun stuff there. Those ziplines look like they would scare the bejeebers out of me!!! The other objective while we were on our way was to stop at the Welcome Center to get our Dixie Stampede tickets- but I forgot the email with the address and the map, so I thought, "well, I'll just look for it". HA!!! That was the running joke the entire trip because on every corner is a "Welcome Center". Literally! So I went to the one that I thought it was but it turned out to be a place where they wanted me to listen to a time share thingy. No thanks! So we got to Branson landing and parked down at Bass Pro Shop. We saw a cute trolley and thought it'd be fun to ride it but by the time we got parked and got up there, it was gone. :( Here are a few pics from along the way. This is one of the ziplines right outside of town. You can't tell it but this thing is really tall! This is the Hollywood Wax Museum. It has "Hannah's House of Mirrors" attached to it :) This is the veteran's garden: Apparently down in Branson, the holiday season starts on Nov 1, so everywhere we went, they were putting up Christmas stuff. Here is Hannah in front of the tree in Bass Pro Shop. Here's Mom on the Branson Landing Mall: So we shopped at Bass Pro Shop. Mom found a squeaky toy for her dog Teddy and I found a nice t-shirt for Brian. We went out and came to a neat little 5 and dime type store. I got both kids cowboy hats to wear to the Dixie Stampede. Next we came across a chocolate shop and had to get something yummy to snack on and a drink, so we had a litte sitdown. After that we just wanderede in and out of shops until we came upon the fountains. Now they were dancing to the music that was playing! On top of that there was a guy who was playing the keyboard for tips but he was playing in between the fountains own show. It was cool! Later we found out that at night they have shows with fire! (more on that later) but we went over and sat down and watched the water for a bit. and then we came across a Joe's Crab Shack!!! We decided that we had to come back there for dinner one night!! Finally, when we had made it thru the entire mall, we decided to hop on the trolley, so we sat down and waited. We weren't too impressed with the trolley. It felt like being on a city bus. The driver was too busy talking politics to tell us anything about any of the stuff we were seeing and it only went in a loop around the whole downtown area and then took us back to Bass Pro Shop, which was fine, we were ready to head back to the Condo. We planned to have a nice grilled steak dinner! So we got back to the condo and I decided that maybe we needed to get those Dixie Stampede tickets because I couldn't remember which day it was scheduled for - wed or thurs? So we dropped Hannah off with Brian and D so they could fish some more and Mom and I grabbed the map and the address and drove back down only it was on the yellow route so we used the GPS and found it and went it. We had paid $192 for all 5 of us and when we got there, we were offered $90 back if we'd go take a two hour tour of some property. We politely said "No thanks" and got our tickets. The gentleman told us to go around 4 pm for the preshow. So we headed back to the condo and Brian and the kids were still fishing. So I started up the grill and got the food going. By the time they got back we had ourselves a yummy steak dinner with baked potato and corn. It was great and so much cheaper than going out to eat. I was loving having the full kitchen!!!! After dinner, Brian and I decided we need a "bath" so we headed in and got some use out of that nice whirlpool tub.;)