We have not had a real vacation in 14 years, so when we were invited to go to Branson with six other couples from church, we went. We drove separate vehicles but are staying in a time share, compliments of one couple's membership. It was our first time to Branson, as was one other of the couple's.
We left at 7:00 am, took 15 minute country drive due to unruly "Tinker Bell", our GPS. Oklahoma highways have not changed much since we were on them last! We got a snack in Sherman and stopped in Warner, OK for lunch. We passed by two of the couples at a stop in McAlester.
Pre-dinner and show entertainment included coloring pages - Charles and blowing bubbles - Bob!!
A variety of performers entertained us with short glimpses of their shows while we enjoyed our meal. Afterward, a nice walk at Branson Landing where they had a fireworks display and river boat. It was all great.
Banana pudding was enjoyed by all and Barbara volunteered to help with cleanup!
Tuesday was a full day as well. Breakfast in room plus a crepe with strawberries at the penthouse. We had a Mexican pileup for a late lunch, a devotional with singing before show time.
A little gift shop beside the theater had ice cream for a $1.00 so we enjoyed that before seeing a very talented LARGE family - the DUTTONS.
We all had different show choices. We went with another couple to see Mike Walker and three others perform at STATLERS REVISITED. It was a great show!! We really enjoyed it.
After breakfast, my DH and I, with another couple, went to see the DUBLIN IRISH TENORS and the CELTIC LADIES. It was a show filled with talented people but was not what we were expecting. We thought there would be more of the old Irish tunes by the tenors. I also mistook "Celtic Ladies", thinking of "Celtic Women" - big difference!! There was a lot of opera by both tenors and ladies - just not the kind of music we like.
The facility had a nice military display for guests to enjoy.
On Friday morning we all went to an old time photo place for a group picture, dressed up in western clothes. That took awhile since they took a couple of pictures with all of us, then separate ones of the men and women. We found they were not really upfront about the cost. They kept changing the price of the pictures and a "sitting fee" was never mentioned on paper or verbally. We did get some pictures, though pricey!
It has been a great trip and wonderful fellowship with great friends. We will have to do this again! It was so good to get away for a few days but good to be back home again.
We missed our girls and they missed us. We are so grateful for a wonderful neighbor who took care of them while we were gone.