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I had to visit this small town of 12,000 people that attracts millions each year.

sunny 75 °F

(Tuesday) I left St. Charles & St. Louis with warm feelings for they are both charming cities with interesting histories. My destination today is Lebanon, MO about half way to Branson. I called the local Elks Lodge to inform them about my stopping for an overnight. I left a message on their answering machine but no return response. Upon arriving at the Club I understood why. Very modest, it appeared to be a weekend only facility and no one was there. So, at that point I consulted my RV Park Reviews app, found a RV park nearby and booked in with them. In a matter of an hour or so the temp. dropped 20* to the high 40's with rain. I like warm better! After getting set up I turned on my furnaces (2) and was as 'snug as a bug in a rug'. Tomorrow its on to Branson and the temps are predicted to rise to about 70.

(Wednesday) As I write this (7:45 pm) it is a cool 52* degrees outside. Too cool for my liking! The drive to Branson brought back many memories for I drove past Ft. Leonard Wood, MO (FLW) where I took my Army Basic Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in 1967, 50 years ago. There is alot of leather from my combat boots left on that terrain. We marched miles & miles over these Missouri hills.
Branson KOA was my destination and I found it to be very nice, with the staff's Southern Hospitality very welcoming. Among the amenities are a free daily pancake breakfast for guests. Frankly, I did not know what to expect in Branson. Honky tonk, maybe. It's all tourism, but with the 50+ music theaters and 100+ shows performing, there is something for everyone. They call it the "Live Music Show Capitol of the World". In addition, there are 3 lakes, 12 championship golf courses, and restaurants & shopping galore, of course.
After getting set up I drove to the Tourism Center to pick up the 6 show tickets that I had ordered on line. My choices are; The Beach Boys, Hits of the 50's & 60's, & Baldknobber's (local Ozark Hillbilly korn!), all on Thursday. For Friday; John Denver, Sons of Britches (Hillbilly Korn!), & The Lettermen. Will report on them after I see them!
After picking up the tickets I stopped at the TITANIC museum. The building is patterned after the famous ship, with smoke stacks (called funnels) on top, and an iceberg facimile along the waterline. Inside, a 'British' White Star Line crew member in nautical uniform (with English accent) greeted visitors, & handed us an audio paddle whose numbers coordinate with the numbered plaques on the displays. The museum tells the tragic story in detail. It explained the construction of the (then) world's largest (unsinkable?) luxury liner, and told of the passengers aboard on that fateful maiden voyage. Many documented stories from the 705 survivors of the total 2,222 passengers & crew were displayed on the walls. Tragically, due to the 'unsinkable' mindset of the ship's owners there were only 1/3 enough lifeboats aboard to accommodate everyone.
In the 1997 movie "TITANIC" the elegant staircase was reproduced for the film and is showcased in the museum. In addition, vignettes of a 3rd Class Stateroom, a 1st Class Stateroom, and the Wheelhouse, where ship was steered (for you land-lubbers!)) were displayed.
Fast forward-- pictures and videos of the deep-dive discovery of the ship lying on the ocean's bottom 12,000+ ft. below the surface told of unknown details of the vessel's rapid sinking. All very interesting.
Getting back to the campground about 5:45 I noticed a social event taking place on the patio next to the office. A 'Happy Hour' party is going on, I said to myself. After dropping a few things off at the RV and getting a jacket and sweater I headed back with a 'brew' to join the group. I walked in as big as life only to discover it was a monthly staff party. Realizing my mistake, they invited me to join them for the picnic with hot dogs cooked on a stick over the fire, salads, and desserts too. I was embarrassed but joined them anyway. Leave it to me. Nice people, all.

Posted by dixter 15:04 Archived in USA Tagged branson

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