Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Reviewing the Branson Excursion
There’s a lot to do right away – plan for the VSM Pie Social on November 11th (details at the end of October’s LifeSharer letter which is right here), create the next November “When Swing Was King” volume, catch up on correspondence, and finish work on a grand Christmas letter-writing party we’re having on November 29th (details right here).
* We did a lot of hiking along Table Rock Lake. Claire took her longest walks ever on this beautiful trail – 5.3 miles. And she did it 4 times! However, she quickly beat her record by joining me for a walk through Dogwood Canyon that was 7.8 miles! I also threw in some long walks around the RecPlex and through the very hilly town of Branson. My walks followed my usual pattern of 7.5 miles and so, with getting in 9 days, I added about 68 miles to my 2016 total. (My present total for the year, after another 4 hikes since I returned home, is now 1302.2 miles.)
* Another really neat part of our vacation was time spent with family and friends. We had two splendid visits up in Crane, Missouri with my sweet Aunt Farris and her daughters Belinda and Debbie and Belinda’s husband, Wayne. We also were treated to a delicious dinner by my cousin David and his wife, Heather. We also had a lovely luncheon conversation with Paul Richard, a Facebook friend who is now a face to face friend. And we enjoyed several shorter conversations along the way with people we met. Most particular in this category was a friendship I formed through early morning coffees at Panera with a journeyman country musician, J.C. Bullock, and another with Jack, a good old boy who expertly (and inexpensively) reheeled my boots.
* We also ate lunch at the College's Keeter Center a couple of times. It’s our favorite vacation restaurant not only because of the quality of food, the pretty surroundings, but the fun we always have in talking with students. Of course, Branson is a great place for restaurants but, with our Paleo diets, we only rarely go out. But our meals at home were delicious…and relaxed…and cheap!
* One of our favorite Branson activities is feeding the ducks on the Taneycomo
down by Branson Landing. In fact, we did that three times!
* We did a little shopping: clothes at Belk's and White House Black Market, apple butter and a sweatshirt at the College of the Ozarks, groceries at Country Mart and Price Chopper, and homemade pork rinds at Whiskers Country Corner.
* And finally, there was a nice ride home to Omaha, blessed with more conversation and, thanks to Daniel Heiser, listening to the Focus on the Family radio adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ The Magicians’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Fantastic!
It was a really terrific couple of weeks.
(Postscript. If you're interested, there are a few more photos of our time in the Branson area over on our personal Facebook pages.)