Another streak has been that every weekend it rains. This weekend was no exception it rained cats and dogs on us just before Springfield, having to come to a full stop on the highway a couple of times.Branson View RV park was a small park on the very top of the hill up from the city of Branson. We picked this location because it was also close to Silver Dollar City.
We had actually thought about seeing a show or two, but the ones we wanted to see ( Celtic Tenors, Celtic Women, Chinese Acrobats, Six, Neil Diamond Tribute, etc,) all only showed during the week and not on the weekends- strange but there you go.
So, once we got settled we headed over to Silver Dollar City. We have a yearly pass thanks to Vicky's need for "redneck" entertainment, but it is actually a fun amusement park. I can't ride any of the roller coasters, but I do like the water rides and other attractions.
Once we got into the park we hit a couple of the rides and then went on the train. The train just takes you on a 13 mile loop of the park through the woods and around the other rides.
Part of the train ride is to be held up by the local "good ole boys" moonshiners in the woods. Only this time it was really a hold up as the breaks on the train did break and we had to wait for about 20 minutes while they sent out some engineers to fix them and let them cool off.
After our harrowing train ride, what was required was funnel cake and a good game of checkers.
Funnel cake solves all of life's problems
Our day at Silver Dollar City was also a success in finding some accessories for the RV to customize it with our personality. Below is the new black bear that now holds the toilet paper for us.
Back at the campsite it turned out to be a lovely sunset and evening. The Park was not nearly as crowed as we had thought and the temperature had remained pleasant.
We woke up on the 4th of July to sunshine and a nice day. We got our best patriotic decorations for the RV.
We were joined this morning by a really unusual bug that hung around our campsite most of the morning. He didn't seem afraid and was very mobile- he could even fly. The picture doesn't give a good scale but he was the size of about a half dollar!
Vicky wanted to head down to the Branson Landing. This is the old downtown shopping district on Lake Taneycomo.
The crowds even for July 4th at noon time were not really that large.
The river front had dancing fountains and played music. They had a concert down here with fireworks- last night
The transportation around Branson is unique. The trolley's run in town (above) and you can take a Duck ride (click on the link to see the Duck's in action)
In the evening we joined the majority of the campsite for a concert overlooking the bluff and then some campground karaoke
Actually we missed the actual concert part and just arrived for the Karaoke.
I would say that half the RV are full time in this campground, so I think a lot of residents know each other on a regular basis.
Shoot me now :-)
After the karaoke we sat along the edge of the bluff in one of the pavilions and watched the fireworks go off all over town. From the bluff we could see dozens of displays all at once. It was a beautiful cool evening.
Sunday morning we woke up to really dense fog on the bluff.
The spill way of the dam (above)
The giant hydro-electric dam separates Table Rock Lake above the Dam to Lake Taneycomo below the Dam
Lake Taneycomo from eye level (above)
The Visitors Center (below)
Table Rock side of the Dam.
This was a great weekend to get away and the crowds were not a big problem. We would like to do some more wilderness camping with the RV. It is not that we don't like to have neighbors, and actually RV people are really nice but to get off the grid with our RV we really need a generator that can put out 30 amps to run the air conditioner in the summer!