The big Chicken and me (I'm the one in front)
So this is me in Branson, and the big chicken kind of sums it up. Its like Wisconsin Dells with a drawl, and it was fun to go there ONCE.
We left Sunday morning, after mowing the yard. It was about a 4 hour drive (with stops), and after eating breakfast at Sonic on the way, and lunch at Sonic when we got there. We had some time to kill, since my parents got held up by traffic in Saint Louis and were running late, so we took the tour of Stone Hill Winery, which was lame, but at least we got free samples. I have to say that for a winery that won thousands of national and international awards, I was not impressed. They do have a sweet wine called Jaquess (or JackAss – wine with a kick) that wasn’t bad, but the rest was meh. The “jokes” told by the tour guide were tired, but the place was air conditioned and we had the time to kill.
When my parents arrived, we checked into the studio apartment at the timeshare resort that they were booked in. The place was nice, but David and I had to sleep on a hide a bed.
David and my mom on what will become our bed.
After check in, we went to see the Hollywood wax museum, which would have been ok if it was $5-8 a ticket, but it cost us over $70 for the 4 of us to get in, including a coupon, and senior discounts for my parents. I did learn that Toto made more money per day than the munchkins did…
Later we went to Walmart to get some stuff for my parents. The Walmart in Branson is like a theme park based on the “People of Walmart” website, and was extremely amusing, and we left with a sense of superiority that they didn’t even charge us for!
Dinner at a Chinese buffet, chit chat with my parents and a very unrestful night on the hide a bed ended day one in Branson. I did finish the first Sookie Stackhouse , but thats a different blog post.
The next day we just relaxed in the morning and then went to a lunch/lets try to upsell the old folks. It was 2 hours of Fazoli, and misinformation. My parents didn’t buy any more “points” and got a lame coupon book out of it.
We drove around Branson to see what the place was really all about – the answer – Redneck Heaven! Its where hasbeens go to be idolized, and dignity goes to die.
There are however amazing views that I am guessing most visitors miss out on, but we went to the scenic overlook, and took some pictures.
Me and my parents and the view of the area around Branson
Then we went to the Chicken restaurant from the first picture for a late lunch/Early dinner, and then it was time for David and me to head home.
The drive home was uneventful, and went by quicker than we expected, and so ended our Branson vaca.
It is Tuesday, and I leave for Israel in 4 days and David leaves in 31 days, and thats when the REAL vacation happens!