Well, we’ve made it through those Spring Break weeks . . . the official opening of yet another tourist season in Branson!
It’s always a highly anticipated time of year for us locals. For many, it means getting back to work after a few months of “down time.” For some businesses, it’s a chance to show off some improvements or additions that were made over the winter months.
For me, it means that I must re-familiarize myself with the back roads . . . there’s just too much traffic on the strip! Now please – don’t get me wrong. I am NOT complaining! We learn pretty early on around here not to complain about the traffic because, after all, that traffic is what keeps much of this town in business!
And, I think I can speak for many when I say that, this year especially, we are grateful for all of the traffic that came through here these past few weeks. When your town experiences tornado damage only about a week before the tourist season opens, you just don’t know how things are going to go.
But, go it did! There sure were a lot of families in town for Spring Break. In fact, my family was one them. Yes, you read that right. We took a good ole’ fashioned Branson vacation for part of our Spring Break . . . a “staycation,” you might call it.
We had a blast!
Now, you might be expecting me to go on and on about how great of a time we had a The Track. But, the truth is . . . we didn’t even go there – gasp! I can assure you, however, that there will be plenty of opportunities in the coming months for me to tell you all about our family fun at The Track! But, for now, let me tell you about some of the other great Branson fun we had on our “staycation.”
On Friday night, we went to see the Haygoods. In all the years I’ve lived here, I’ve always wanted to see this show, but had never taken the opportunity (yes, it’s true that sometimes us locals just do not take advantage of all the things in our own backyard!). It was excellent – very entertaining and quite impressive. Here are my girls posing in front of the theater (they liked the show a whole lot more than posing for the picture!):
On Saturday, we did a little hiking and a lot of hanging out at our resort (yes, we did stay away from home for the weekend – this was the real deal!). If you are into hiking, there are a lot of great trails around Branson. Click here to see some of the nearby options. On our hike, the girls stopped to hold up this rock ledge for a few minutes 😉
On Saturday afternoon, I faced a really big fear and rode the Vigilante Zip Rider at Shepherd of the Hills . . . YES, it was very high. YES, it was very fast. And YES, it was very fun! In fact, I was pretty calm about the whole thing until right before it was our turn to go – then, I got a little freaked out! Thankfully, my much-braver-than-me family was very encouraging, and once I was zipping down that cable, I had a great time!
We decided that we should take a picture in front of the Vigilante sign to commemorate the experience. There was no one around to take our photo, but that didn’t stop us! We figured out how to use the timer on the camera, set it up at just the right angle (well, the best we could do) and snapped a reasonably good photo (actually, it’s not that good – the grass is more in focus that we are!):
The next day, we checked out of our resort and headed over to the beautiful Big Cedar Lodge just south of Branson for brunch. After we ate (the food was delicious, by the way!), we walked around the resort for a little while to take in the beautiful spring day. The red buds were absolutely gorgeous!
What a great weekend! The only bad part . . . there was so much more we wanted to do! I guess we’ll just have to come back . . . and maybe next time we’ll go to The Track 🙂