Friday, June 17, 2016 – Branson, MO

I walked out of my house this morning at 8:00am and my glasses fogged up.  You know it is going to be hot!  It was 85 degrees when I left home at 8:30am this morning.  It was 90 degrees by the time I hit Springfield, MO and 95 degrees by the time I arrived in Branson and of course the humidity is about 90 percent or something.

I made three stops in Springfield and had my beloved Chick Fil A sandwich.  One of my stops was at a Kmart that is closing.  I picked up a couple of small round fixtures for the store.  I saw a couple of other items I liked but they would not fit in my car.

I arrived at Branson Lakeside RV Park about 2:00pm.  The park is waterfront on Lake Taneycomo.  I believe they have 160 sites here.  They have a 2 day minimum to stay here.  They also charge a non-refundable “registration fee” when you make your reservation.  For two nights, I paid $49.90 plus the $10 fee.  So about $30 per night.  It is full hook up, water, electric, sewer, cable and wifi.  The sites are very close together.  I will take pictures tomorrow.  They like to advertise that they are next to the Branson Landing……well, technically I guess they are.  You walk under the bridge and through a long, long, long parking area to the Landing.

Thankfully, I have shade trees at my site to help with the air conditioner trying to keep up.  I unhitched, plugged in the electric, turned on the AC and left the park.

I drove around to see the changes since my last visit 2 years ago.  Some motels gone or closed.  Some restaurants changed.  A few new businesses, etc.

The big change is the new attraction opening next Thursday.  The Branson Ferris Wheel.

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The Track Fun Parks have four locations in Branson with numerous go cart tracks, bumper boats, bumper cars, arcade, etc, etc.  Last year they purchased the Chicago Navy Pier Ferris Wheel that had been in operation for 20 years.  They have spent $4 million dollars to purchase, ship (26 semi trucks), renovate and put it in place.  It is located on the curve across from Ripley’s.  I think there used to be a mini-golf place there previously.

The ferris wheel is 15 stories tall, with 40 gondolas.  240 people can ride at one time.  It will cost adults $12 to ride.  From what I understand the ride does not stop.  It is a continuous slow circuit that takes seven minutes or so to complete.  They have also put 16,000 led lights on it.

I stopped at a couple of stores, had an early dinner and then headed back downtown.  I made the required stop at Dick’s Old Time 5 & 10 and spent an hour looking at millions of things.  I purchased two items and headed for the Landing.  I luckily found a parking spot.  There is a whole extra section on the north end that was not there two years ago.  There is this tethered balloon thing you can pay $11.95 to go up in and look around.  Pretty expensive and way too hot today.  Even after dark it was still pretty hot and humid.

I wandered up and down the landing, checking out a few stores.  I stopped and had a hot stone massage that was pretty good.  I bought a new pair of shoes at Belk.  I purchased a pair of Vionic brand shoes.  They are supposed to be good for people with plantar fasciitis.  We will see.  I went back to the RV Park about 9:00pm.






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