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Whitlow Family Branson Missouri Vacation August 2010

From August 13 to August 17, 2010 the Whitlow Family, me (Uncle George), the sweet wife Angela, our 14 year old son Aaron, and my other brother Joe discovered Branson, Missouri. Back in the humble beginnings of Whitlow Smoke School Nation in 2001, my Mamma and I set a goal to see Branson. We got about halfway and ran out of time and money. Ever since then I have had this goal, Branson or Bust. We made it to Branson in August 2010. Unfortunately Mamma had joined Daddy in the happy hunting ground upstairs.

We stayed at the Majestic Condo on Table Rock Lake. The mountain view of the lake below was spectacular. I spent the early morning hours sitting on the back patio admiring the eagles soar above the sailboats, steamboats, ski boats on the water. At night I could reach out and touch the stars. It was so quiet and peaceful up there on the mountain. You should take the eagle tour when you are in Branson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the most fun boat riding. We rented a ski boat and tube from Table Rock Lake State Park Marina. Angie drove the boat and it was so fun and cool cruising at 50 MPH with the wind and water splashing in our face. Aaron rode the tube on back of the boat for hours. I only lasted about 5 minutes on the tube. I was lying on my belly holding on for dear life. The water about beat me to death. The water almost blinded me splashing in my eyes. I had to keep my eyes closed. I waved my hands and begged Angie to stop. I sure was glad when she did.

Branson is a family vacation stop. There are so many Branson Shows to choose from. We loved the Titanic Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Hollywood Wax Museum. We really loved seeing the thousands of butterflies during the day show at Butterfly Palace.  We were disappointed by the night show at Butterfly Palace because the butterflies were sleeping and you could not see them.

Our favorite shows were Presleys’ Country Jamboree and Liverpool Legends.  The Presleys' show reminded me a lot of Hee Haw. Four generations of the Presley family sang old time gospel and traditional country and western favorites. We lmao laughed a lot at their comedy. The Liverpool Legends did a fantastic job of re-creating The Beatles. George Harrison's Sister Louise created the group and she was there for the introduction. The audience consisted mainly of old timer Baby Boomers like myself who were there to see the original Beatles. We were all screaming and singing along to songs like " I Want to Hold Your Hand". The rest of the audience ranging down to babies were also screaming. Be sure to read my story set to music of Imagine by John Lennon.

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We also loved the Sheppard of the Hills Outdoor Play. The show started with a wonderful traditional western trail meal of steak, corn on the cob, and beans served under a large outdoor pavilion. I was amazed by the pavilion. Outside it was 100 degrees. However several ceiling fans created a nice comfortable breeze through the open sides and front of the pavilion. During supper we were entertained by the Sons of the Pioneers, the traditional western band founded by Roy Rogers. We loved to sing along with songs like Happy Trails to You, Cool Water, Tumbling Tumble Weed, and Ghost Riders in the Sky. After the show, we caught a tractor and wagon to the Sheppard of the Hills outdoor stage for the night show. We really loved the heartwarming play that consisted of drama and several gunfights. I jumped up when the mountain lion jumped out very close to me and the man shot it.  

We were lucky to be in Branson during the summer antique car show. Tourists had filled up the many hotels on the Branson stip. At night they sit in yard chairs on the grounds in front of the hotels and watched the midnight endless parade of the antique cars. We had a wonderful time in Branson and I can’t wait to go back.

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