Silverleaf Holiday Hills – Branson, Missouri 10/24/2013

OCTOBER 24, 2013 (Thursday)

 

Woke up to a beautiful sunny day, but with a little wind.

We left around 10:00 AM to go to the activity center to work on the computers before our “presentation” at 11:00 AM. At about ten minutes to 11:00 AM, we walked over to the presentation building across from the activity center. We checked in at the front desk and then went into the area where they have coffee, tea, and water for you. We waited there for about forty minutes before a nice man, Jess, came over to us to ask if we could reschedule for tomorrow. We told him we were leaving in the morning. He said he’d see what he could do. A few minutes later he handed us the envelope with the $80.00 in Visa cards, answered our questions, and we were on our way without the presentation. Apparently they were short staffed and overbooked. Worked out well for us but would have liked to have told them how nice the resort is but it desperately needs internet.

The presentation center.

The presentation center.

Presentation reception area.

Presentation reception area.

We checked in and were told to wait in here, they had coffee and water.

We checked in and were told to wait in here, they had coffee and water.

We left and went to get Lexi. While we were are our “home,” we had our leftover lunch from Olive Garden. After a little bit we left to go do the go carts again. Michael bet Lexi that if she won, she would get a $40.00 Visa gift card. When we got to the go cart place there was a large group racing. We had to wait for them to finish with the slower go carts and then get into the faster ones. I was at the very end, Lexi in front of me, and three men ahead of her.

Out of the gate, almost immediately, I passed Lexi and the race was on. I even managed to pass one of the men in front of Lexi, but he finally got his position back. I was excited to learn I was #1 on the leader board for the day at the go cart place. Fun. Lexi still claims she let me win because my driving scared her.

In a heat of 5 Edie started dead last.

In a heat of 5 Edie started dead last.

She fought her way past Lex and then went after the 3 guys in front of her.

She fought her way past Lex and then went after the 3 guys in front of her.

Lex was steady and cautions, just like she drives our car, drives us nuts.

Lex was steady and cautions, just like she drives our car, drives us nuts.

Edie caught up to the 3 guys in front of her.  That is her in the blue at the back.

Edie caught up to the 3 guys in front of her. That is her in the blue at the back.

She passed the last guy and he went nuts, really upped his game and got his position back from her.  She thrilled him though.

She passed the last guy and he went nuts, really upped his game and got his position back from her. She thrilled him though.

Going for the kill.

Going for the kill.

Edie came in first with to top lap time and the top average time.

Edie came in first with the top lap time and the top average time.

After the go carts we went to a little craft place. Fun to look at some of the unique stuff they have around here. Then off to Red Lobster to get a dessert. Lexi is paying with her gift card. She also wanted a drink and got a mud slide and an appetizer to share. Really good but we need to start doing better with our diet.

Red Lobster for dessert.

Red Lobster for dessert.

Pretty woman with a grumpy old man at Red Lobster.

Pretty woman with a grumpy old man at Red Lobster.

Lex and a Mudslide.  When she asked for it the waitress informed that they don't come without alcohol.  She was shocked when Lex pulled out her drivers license.

Lex and a Mudslide. When she asked for it the waitress informed that they don’t come without alcohol. She was shocked when Lex pulled out her drivers license.

Coconut butterfly shrimp.

Coconut butterfly shrimp.

Edie and I split an apple pie thing, it was so good.

Edie and I split an apple pie thing, it was so good.

Lex is in a rut.  Same as the other day.  Chocolate chip cookie, chocolate filled, with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.  She couldn't eat it all.

Lex is in a rut. Same as the other day. Chocolate chip cookie, chocolate filled, with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. She couldn’t eat it all.

Once we finished eating we headed for Inspiration Point. Michael waited near the bottom while Lex and I went in to get our tickets for the zip line. Once inside we were told the zip line wasn’t running due to the wind. Lexi and I went up to the observation deck for a few minutes and got to enjoy the view. We were disappointed, however, that we didn’t get to zip.

Sign said it was open, but it wasn't because it was too windy.

Sign said it was open, but it wasn’t because it was too windy.

Grumpy old man wondering why his phone is making funny noises.

Grumpy old man wondering why his phone is making funny noises.

Zip tower.

Zip tower.

View from Inspiration Tower.

View from Inspiration Tower.

On the way back to our “home,” Lexi asked if we could do Ripley’s Believe It or Not. We used the Branson Discount Card and both Lexi and I got in for a little over $30.00. Was fun but not worth the $30.00. The coolest part was the psychedelic bridge they have that you think is twisting and turning. It’s right at the end.

Ripley's

Ripley’s

Ripley's full size stagecoach, (made of toothpicks).

Ripley’s full size stagecoach, (made of toothpicks).

Wooden car.

Wooden car.

Shrunken head.

Shrunken head.

Dragon.

Dragon.

Triple images.

Triple images.

Skinny!

Skinny!

Wish bone collection.

Wish bone collection.

Weird bridge that disoriented Edie and Lex, they had to use the handrail.

Weird bridge that disoriented Edie and Lex, they had to use the handrail.

Lex on the bridge.

Lex on the bridge.

Walgreens for a thank you card.

Walgreens for a thank you card.

Parked on the strip, asking, "Which ride will you choose?"  Cleaver, cab or cop.

Parked on the strip, asking, “Which ride will you choose?” Clever, cab or cop.

We are now back at the activity center doing the blog. Later on we’ll be doing laundry and packing, getting ready for the move to Crossville, Tennessee tomorrow. We are hoping to see cousins Wally, Kathy and Bobby while in Tennessee, and meeting Wally’s wife.

That was our day. Hope yours was grand!

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