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Thursday, July 9th, 2009

We had asked around to find out what should be our second of two shows we should see during this visit.  Nearly everyone answered — SIX.  Some even went as far as saying that once you see SIX, you’ll be spoiled for every other show in the area.  It turns out that they were right.The theater offered a 6:30 PM dinner prior to the 8:00 PM show.   We opted for the dinner that was served at tables in the balcony of the theater.  We remained in those seats through the show.  It turned out to be a good decision because the regular seats below looked like they could have come from a junior high school auditorium.  They were small and close together.  Once again, our position will explain the quality, or lack thereof, of the photos.

SIX is a group of brothers that perform “music” without the aid of a band, orchestra, or any instruments of any kind.  That is, except for the instruments  that are their voices.  They can make instrument sounds with their mouths.  Oh yes, each one of them is a fantastic singer.


The SIX brothers performed music attributed to dozens of artists.  If you weren’t looking at them, you’d swear that the original artists were on stage.   We had a few favorites, the performance of several Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons offerings.


Another favorite were The Beach Boys.


During intermission various articles were available for sale, for example, CD’s, and T-shirts.  The group came out to autograph the items and programs for the fans.


Then back to the show.


I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of my beautiful date.


The brothers finished with a fabulous rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American”.  Their performance was astounding.  You soon forgot that there was no backup band.

When in the Branson area, don’t miss the opportunity to take in the SIX show.

Jim Stafford

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Last night we went to see Jim Stafford at the Jim Stafford Theater.  This is his 20th year here in Branson at his own theater. He is known for his guitar playing and earlier comedic songs such as “Cow Patty” and “Spiders and Snakes”a-js1.jpg

We had pretty good seats and the large theater was about 80% full.  The parking lot is on the side of a hill and they have golf cart shuttle service up the hill.

All of the photos were taken without flash and set on “theater”.  That setting doesn’t lend itself to very good zoom shots.

Jim is now 65 years old and is breaking in his kids as part of the show.  His 12-year old daughter Gigi demonstrated her proficiency with both the piano and the harp.


Son, Seth, shown above playing the piano with his sister and below with his father, is only 16-years old.


He was fantastic on the piano, but his work on the fiddle or violin was unbelievable.


Basically this is a variety show with a pair of very talented dancers.


And a girl, (forgive me for not catching her name) that did a wonderful job with a Hank Williams song.


She also did pretty well with a comedy skit with someone from the audience.


We enjoyed the show and appreciate the fact that he is trying to break some new stuff into the act now that he has reached the ripe old age of 65.   I’m sure that he is tired of doing some of the same stuff for all of these 20 years.

Branson Arrival with stop at Bass Pro

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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It is a beautiful drive through the Ozark Mountains before arriving at Branson, Missouri .


Just a note regarding our location.  We are staying at the Pea Patch RV Park and Campground in Branson.  They are located very close to the action just off Hwy 76.  We have excellent power, water, sewer and free Wi-Fi.  Their information indicates that they can handle rigs up to a combined length of 70 feet.  Don’t bet on it.  We just barely approach 60 feet and found that making one of the turns inside the park was nearly impossible.  Getting out of here is going to be interesting too.

We plan to go see the Jim Stafford show tonight and the performance SIX tomorrow night with dinner.  We’ll report on that beginning tomorrow.

Today we decided to make a trip back up the road to Springfield, MO and check out the original Bass Pro Shop.

On the way, we decided to stop at the world famous Lambert’s Cafe in Ozark, MO.  You can see by the parking lot that this is a popular place.  It was 11:45 and the wait was already about 30 minutes.


The crowd lined up outside.


We elected to wait inside.  The walls covered with license plates and memorabilia.


They are famous for their huge portions and also for their “throwed rolls”.  If you want a roll, you hold up your hand and a waiter tosses a roll across the restaurant to you.  No lie.  Here’s a shot of a waiter (with red suspenders) in action.


When I said that the portions were large, I wasn’t kidding.  Here is Tinka’s lunch arriving in a skillet.


That’s not all, they kept coming around with okra, rolls, potatoes, molasses, and other items.  Needless to say, we were stuffed.

When we arrived at the Bass Pro Shop, we were amazed at the size of the place compared to the other stores scattered around the country.  Even more impressive was the decoration.  Some areas had low ceilings with beautiful lighting.


In other areas the ceilings were as if you were looking at the surface of a lake from below.  Note the boat and the bottom side of the ducks.


Their trophy walls are quite impressive, even by our son Marc’s standards.



They even have a 40,000 sq. ft. boat show room.

The Outdoor World Fish and Wildlife Museum, which is located at the store, is undergoing renovation and will be ready in the fall.

In the parking lot, we found this camouflaged  pickup that they were going to give away.  Man, somebody has patience for painting all the details.


On The Way To Topeka, Next Stop, Branson

Monday, July 6th, 2009

We’ve been in the Topeka, Kansas area for the past few days.  Topeka is the state capital and the location for the famous Brown vs Board of Education.  It appears that this area may also have the fewest service stations that provide diesel fuel.

On our way north from the Lake Eufaula area, some of the interesting things we saw along the way were;

The Arkansas River and bridge.



The huge distribution center.


And the cute, and apparently thriving town of Burlington, Kansas.  Burlington is home to the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.




Sitting outside our rig, we were treated to a wonderful fireworks show on Saturday night.


Today, we’re heading on to Branson, Missouri for a few days.  We’ll be staying at the Pea Patch RV Park in Branson.  It is a new entry on the Passport-America website.  They are very close to the action and provide free park-wide Wi-Fi.

We’ll report more upon our arrival.