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Monday, October 14, 2013

Bouncing around Branson

Hi again,
  Got out Friday and started to explore Branson. We parked in Bass Pro Shop lot as it is a pickup point for the free trolley. After a brief walk about in Bass Pro, we hit the outdoor downtown mall area.
  There is a nice walkway along Lake Taneycomo. Lake Taneycomo looks more river than lake, 22 miles long and narrow but as there is a dam at both ends it is a lake. We watched the free water fountain  show at noon. This must look cool at night with the flames in the background.
  Then headed up main street for some store browsing. Dicks 5&10 is a must stop while here, everything you can think of and more inside. Next was some of the flea markets. These are consigned booths in a few old stores. Lots and lots of Stuff! Just what we don't need but fun to look at. You see many items that we all had 20 or 30 years ago and thought was worthless. And the money they want now- you can imagine.
  Friday night we enjoyed a nice fire with neighbors and new friends Joe and Angie. They are here training to be Escapee campground volunteers.
  On Saturday they were having a Grape and Fall Fest in Hollister. It was only about a mile away so off we go. They had a full slate of entertainment, food and the feature event the famous grape stomp. No we didn't get to stomp:(.
  Teams of four did the stomps in tubs to music of choice. All were choreographed and fun to watch.
 We mostly enjoyed the free stage entertainment many of the acts were doing shows in the area. We got some nice 1/2 hour snips of some good motown singing, a funny impersonator, and the highlight was a performance by SIX. The group is six brothers singing acapella, they sound like they almost have instruments playing along.
 The night finished with a good local country rock band called Midnight Traveler. 
Midnight Traveler
  Sunday we found a sport bar and enjoyed a Packer victory. Monday we drove around the lake some and toured Table Rock State Park, getting in a nice 3 mile hike. Sure wish there was more color here this place won't be peak for a couple weeks. Tomorrow looks like a rain day so maybe we can just sit back and do nothing.(we'll see how that goes)

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