Silverleaf Holiday Hills – Branson, Missouri 10/22/2013

OCTOBER 22, 2013 (Tuesday)

 

Was cold last night. Another cold front is supposed to be coming along.

Yesterdays sunset.

Yesterdays sunset.

Got up and looking out the back was lovely, out the front was dark and depressing looking. I was wanting to leave a little earlier today because of the cold front moving in. I wanted to get out and do the zip line today. Lexi opted to stay at the resort while Michael and I went.

We left and headed for Inspiration Point at Shepherd of the Hills. It’s not really that far out of Branson. We got there and were able to go directly up the nearly 230 feet to the observation deck. We had gotten free tickets for the ride to the observation deck (regularly $10.00 each) when we booked the vacation presentation at Walmart. I waited while a group of people were getting ready for the zip line. The man working the zip line desk was also buckling the people in and doing most everything. You get a discount for the zip with the ticket from the Walmart people ($20.00 each, regularly $29.00 each). 

There were only two of us doing the zip – a young woman named Amy and me. What was really weird was that Amy is from Bakersfield, California. Her Dad is/was chief of police of Arvin. What a fun and nice young woman. Really enjoyed her. They are also headed for Tennessee.

Anyway, the zip was awesome. It feels totally safe and comfortable. I started out going much faster but in the end Amy overtook me and “won” the race. What fun. It was cold and the zip was approximately half a mile long. Beautiful views. Loved it. At the bottom they have a heated van waiting for you to take you back. Once back at the tower, they show you pictures and video that you can purchase. Amy and her mom bought a video and they’re going to email us a copy. Thanks Amy and mom. What fun it was.  And what a pleasure meeting you!

230 feet high with a 1/2 mile zip line.  Edie is ready!

230 feet high with a 1/2 mile zip line. Edie is ready!

Fearless.

Fearless.

Edie out the shoot.

Edie out the shoot.

Edie in blue with wings spread.

Edie in blue with wings spread.

 

Inspiration Point, Amy on the left and Edie on the right.

Inspiration Point, Amy on the left and Edie on the right.

Amy left and Edie right.  Both are trying to fly, spreading their wings.

Amy left and Edie right. Both are trying to fly, spreading their wings.

Probably close to max speed here.

Probably close to max speed here.

Flyin

Flying

Pretty women and pretty fall colors.  Not sure they saw the colors.

Pretty women and pretty fall colors. Not sure they saw the colors.

Amy is winning the race.

Amy is winning the race.

Variation of kids on a swing.

Variation of kids on a swing.

You can see the exhilaration on their faces.

You can see the exhilaration on their faces.

Amy with four arms?

Amy with four arms?

Wind blown happiness.

Wind blown happiness.

Amy when she is happy.

Amy when she is happy.

Nice

Nice

This is a new do for the pretty woman.  I think I prefer her usual bangs.

This is a new do for the pretty woman. I think I prefer her usual bangs.

Edie on an adrenaline high!

Edie on an adrenaline high!

Edie when she is happy.

Edie when she is happy.

After the zip we headed back to our “home” and got Lexi. We decided to use more of our gift cards and go to Red Lobster for lunch. It was hard finding it but we finally did. Michael got a salad, Lexi got a bowl of clam chowder and a dessert, and I got chicken and garlic scampi. Everyone said theirs was good and I know I enjoyed my lunch. Best of all it was all paid for by our gift cards and the tip was only $5.00. The waiter, Russ, was fun the whole time.

Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits.

Red Lobster cheese biscuits.

Grilled chicken salad for me.

Grilled chicken salad for me.

Lex's Clam Chowder.

Lex’s clam chowder.

Edie's Chicken and shrimp scampi.

Edie’s chicken and shrimp scampi.

Lex's Lava Chocolate Chip Cookie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate syrup.

Lex’s lava chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

After lunch we headed for the Mickey Gilley Theater to see SIX. I wasn’t sure what to expect but wasn’t expecting the great show that we saw. Didn’t realize they were six out of ten brothers. Everything they did, they did with their voice. All the drum, guitar, car sounds, everything was from their voice. Amazing. They also sang wonderfully, danced, and cracked jokes. Great show. Highly recommend. Was also struck at how well they treat the veterans here. Nice touch. Very family oriented and nice. Wouldn’t mind going back to see them again. Even Lexi gave it a 9 out of 10.

Lex and Grumpy on the way to the show.

Lex and Grumpy on the way to the show.

Pretty good dancers too.

Pretty good dancers too.

High energy and fun performance.  We were so impressed with the volume they put out all acapella.  The sound effects were excellent too, especially the drums.

High energy and fun performance. We were so impressed with the volume they put out all acapella. The sound effects were excellent too, especially the drums.

A touching and patriotic performance.  Edie and I got to stand as veterans and get applauded.  Nice touch.

A touching and patriotic performance. Edie and I got to stand as veterans and get applauded. Nice touch.

The Six Cameros'.  Rally Sports all.

The Six Cameros’. Rally Sports all.

Mickey is in town starting tonight.

Mickey is in town starting tonight.

Each of the six has a color assigned to their costumes and cars.  Brilliant and tax deductible.

Each of the six has a color assigned to their costumes and cars. Brilliant and tax deductible.

After the show (about 2 hours), we went to Cold Stone and had a little treat. They were all good.

Haven't had Cold Stone in years.  A nice treat after the show.

Haven’t had Cold Stone in years. A nice treat after the show.

Edie had a strawberry blonde.

Edie had a strawberry blonde.

Michael and I are now in the Activity Center using their internet. After this we’ll go to our home and watch The Voice. Hope your day was great!

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