This is another example about how I stumble around and find neat things. Not just here as this example shows but most every where I go.
I have been pretty busy working this week and finally decided it was time to get out and about. I have learned by past experience that the weekend is not normally the best day to go play tourist.
But I had been inside too many days in a row because of work and, yes, the rain. When it is overcast and rainy I tend to stay in. Sunday was a nice sunny day and I just had to get out so I went first for breakfast then my plan was to visit the Titanic museum. I had bought my ticket to the Titanic Museum when I first arrived but have not yet been there.
Now is as good a time as any to give a little of my history. While I was in the Navy I served with a fellow IC Man, named Rafael "George" Rey while we were on shore duty in Japan back in 1972 to 1975. Over the years we kept in touch and in 1987 or 1988 while I was stationed at the Trident Submarine Refit Facility in Bangor, Washington, George was in town and we got together and I found out that he had been the Navy Liaison Officer aboard the Woods Hole research vessel Knorr when on September 1, 1985 the Titanic was discovered. So you can see that in addition to the normal fascination most people have with the Titanic I have a slim connection with the Titanic which is another reason why I would like to visit the Titanic Museum.
Anyway, back to today. I left out about 9:00 AM and decided to find one of those breakfast buffet's that Branson, I believe, is famous for. I passed up the ones I had already been to and stopped at the Baldknobbers Country Restaurant. To my surprise there was no crowd and they did have a breakfast buffet. In fact the buffet listed in their menu was $5.99 but the waitress said it was $4.99 and that is what I was charged. I don't know if it was a special or just what. The Baldknobbers Country Restaurant breakfast buffet was a good buffet it was not as big as the ones at Shoney's, Peppercorn's, or The Grand Country Music Hall, but had all the basics and for you regular readers, yes they had biscuits and gravy, not the best but OK.
After breakfast I went on down the strip to the Titanic Museum and the parking lot was full. I knew I would have this problem on a weekend. So I made a command decision and decided to go find that other Starbucks. After I get off onto a couple of wrong roads and ending up in West Branson I finally made it over to the second Starbucks and found out it was located inside of a Target store.
After getting a house Vente sized coffee I did a little shopping. It was about 1:00 PM and it was heating up so I decided to head back to the RV. While on Business Loop 65 passing through downtown Branson I saw a sign that said tune to FM 99.1.
Now is where my stumbling into good things comes in. I started listening to the looping ad for a place called Branson Landing. After hearing it a couple of times I turned left and went down by Lake Taneycomo and straight to the Branson Landing. A total of 2 minutes off of Business Loop 65.
It is a brand new river walk, shopping plaza and condo community built along the banks of Lake Taneycomo. I spent a couple of hours walking from one end to the other. There are a lot of nice shops there but the only ones I actually stopped at were the 5 and Dime General Store for a Sarsparilla, the Pro Bass Shop, the Discovery Channel Store and The Fudgery for a little maple fudge.
After getting back to my RV I found an invitation on my door for an Ice Cream Social being put on by the Turkey Creek RV Park. So I decided what the heck and went. It was held in the Club House which they call the Rock House. Yes, you guessed it is a building that looks like it used to be some ones home, with rock walls. Once I entered I found the place to be full. Almost every seat was taken but after getting some ice cream I sat down with a couple from Sacramento, Calif. I had a very pleasant chat with them about some of the places they and I had been to.
Today is a good example how if you don't plan everything too closely you can still have a good time.