Tuesday, October 12, 2010


We went on vacation last week with Greg's mom, his two brothers and their families. That means there were six kids ranging in age from 6 1/2 years old to not quite 4 months old. [All but the smallest are pictured above.] It was a fun week and a great time of the year to get away from everyday life. This is the second time in two years we've been to Branson. Consider it a tradition.

The weather gorgeous. It was cool at the beginning of the week and heated up as the week went on. But it was sunny the whole time.

We did really well getting family photos ...


Dogwood Canyon Nature Park was a pretty, pretty area. It's on the Missouri-Arkansas border and has trout-filled streams, a scenic walking/biking trail and a tram ride that goes through a prairie that is home to deer, elk, bison and longhorns.


Ride the Ducks showed us around the entertainment district and Table Rock Lake ... and provided noisemakers!


The Branson Scenic Railway wasn't what I thought it was going to be. But it was still the first train ride for Cate, Ben and me.

Silver Dollar City was the place to be in the middle of the week. The kids could ride rides [that sounds funny ...] continuously, sometimes without even getting back in line, because the majority of the people were there were more into crafts than the rides. I like crafts, but I love amusement park rides.

Cate got to ride her first roller coaster ...

... and plenty of other rides.

Greg and I loved this ride ...


I also was happy to eat at a restaurant we discovered two years ago when we were there.

While waiting for our table, Cate said, "The geese are calling me." Of course.

There are many, many more photos here, if you want to look.

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