It's about time.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Catchup Travel Day.

Our Location Today is Branson, Missouri, U.S.A.

In the last few days I was writing about poor WiFi connections as being a pain that was messing with our travels with our friends Bill and Vera. My problems failed to compare with those of the many people attending the movies in Aurora, Colorado. It is a shame that people who suddenly become ill in such a way feel it is necessary to carry out senseless acts of violence rather than being able to ask for help. Now the victims, their families and everyone around can only ask Why?

Thursday’s trip from Salina, Kansas included a stop along the way for fuel at a Flying J and then later we used the parking lot of a Walmart not only for getting groceries but for introducing Bill and Vera to a new eating experience at the Golden Corral. Even though Kathy and I had the pleasure of bringing our grandsons there last summer it was different that these were grown adults with adult tastes. We all chose our food wisely not overloading our plates on any particular choice but samples of everything. Finally we all returned to the salad bar. Wise Choice!
Not the Wise Choice
The rolling hills of Missouri were so soothing that it made the ride quite easy. The only bad part was each time we stopped and left the comfort of the Air Conditioned truck the heat felt like someone was sitting on your chest. Finally we had to use the highway system to skirt our way around Kansas City.

By 3:00 pm. Central Time we pulled into Oak Grove, Missouri K.O.A. to spend the night. It didn’t take long to get the A.C. running to cool the trailer even before it had been leveled or the other utilities hooked up. The park vendor was having a special so we decided to order a full rack of spare ribs deliciously prepared and homemade coleslaw. For less than $15.00 the four of us were well satisfied with our meal that we ate in the cool comfort of the trailer.

Later Bill and I decided to cool off in the pool. The water temp was much more comfortable than it had been in Salina, Kansas. While we were becoming refreshed at the pool and talking a younger gentleman noted Bill’s accent and started talking with us. He was travelling with his wife, four children and sister in a rented C class RV. They were here travelling the Central United States from Finland. For Bill it was like talking to old friends. Before we knew it the pool was closing and we had been gone longer than originally planned.  

After failing to post any pictures in our blog Thursday and no connection Friday morning we decided it was time to hit the road. Again the trip was comfortable with a simple comfort stop in the morning before finally stopping for lunch at a place called Smith’s Restaurant. It was unique in that it had antiques and collectables that were not for sale but set the mood for the place. The prices were reasonable but the portions could easily have fed two people per portion. Doggy bags were also part of the menu.

By 2:00 we were setting up camp in Branson, Missouri K.O.A. Kathy and I were last here twelve years ago and hardly recognized the town because it has grown that much. Our plans are to enjoy a few of the local attractions tomorrow. Again the first utility connected was the electricity so we could cool the trailer. The thermometer said 108 F (42 C). Bill has been very helpful throughout this trip in setting up but thought he was about to pass out. He was very apologetic about needing to cool off still insisting he needed to help even after I told him I would rather he take care of his health rather than us having to call 911.

Kathy and Vera decided to hit the laundry room after supper. Even with air conditioning the laundry room never got below 86 F (30 C). Bill and I never even tried the pool to cool off. Today is our fun day here in Branson so stay with us and to see what we will be experiencing.

Thanks for following our adventures. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You might be a Redneck if

You've ever skinny-dipped in an inflatable pool.


  1. Nice to see you've slowed down a bit. Too many miles too fast for me.
    Enjoy your stay a bit. Try out that pool.

  2. If you can make sure to see some shows while you are in Branson. We saw a show done by a Russian immigrant (can't think of his name) that was very entertaining. We also saw a one man show in which the guy impersonated the skits of Red Skelton. Excellent. We visited the Butterfly Palace on our way out and took what seemed like thousands of photos. Have fun!

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