We generally go to Branson, MO for a week or two twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. We usually get enough work to make it worthwhile to go there, but not so much work that we don't get a break. We really enjoy Branson, and for us it is usually a chance to slow down a little bit, go to a show or two, take out the kayaks, and go hiking.
Not so this latest trip in June! We were so busy in Texas that we left a little later than planned, and had to make it to Colorado by the end of the month, so only had about a week to spend in Branson this time. We went into one park where we knew we had three jobs and ended up with ten! This was the busiest we've ever been in Branson! That's okay though, we'll take it. One thing we've learned being self-employed is that business has its ups and downs. We'll take it when we can get it because there will be a time when we're slow.
We did get to enjoy ourselves a little bit while there though. We visited Ripley's Believe it or Not, which is something Son has been asking to do since our first visit to Branson. It was very interesting with all of its oddities! According to their website "The 1812 earthquake made the Mississippi River run backwards for three days and made Church bells ring In Philadelphia! Our building reflects that odd event, and Ripley’s…Believe It or Not!® in Branson has become one of the most photographed buildings In the world"
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We also finally ate lunch at Mel's Hard Luck Diner - The Home of the Original Singing Servers! Son and I have been wanting to go there also. It has great reviews and sounded like a lot of fun. I have to admit we were a bit disappointed. Yes, the singing was very good. However, we expected the wait staff to stop occasionally and put on a type of show. Instead they just sang one at a time as they were working and most of the time we couldn't even see who it was that was singing. It really didn't feel all that much different than just having a radio playing. The food was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
We also went to the Buckets N BoardsComedy Percussion Show, which we really enjoyed. These guys are high energy and hilarious! The first half seemed to move a little slow, but the second half was wonderful! I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. Who knew a squeak toy could be a musical instrument?! Very entertaining!
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