>Travelblog – Branson, MO – day 2

>After a long night’s struggle to fall asleep while listening to the person in the room upstairs do laps in their room, I did manage to get a few winks.It wasn’t long before the mystery pacer started up again in the wee hours of the morning. We had breakfast at Granny’s Resaurant, right across the street from the hotel (the one I mentioned yesterday as being alcohol free.) The breakfast buffet was interesting; evidently, down here, they put chocolate gravy over their baking powder biscuits. Normally the thought of anything chocolate makes me happy but this… well, I tried it and … its not for me.Ick!
After breakfast we decided to go shopping at the huge craft store right next door. This store had so much stuff in it, it reminded me of Horsefalls in Lansing, IA. If you’ve ever been there, you would know what I’m talking about, if not, well, just picture everything from cat collars, luggage, quilts, wooden swords, rubber boots, tools, to doilies, books, t-shirts, and hillbilly bubblebath (a bag of beans that you’re supposed to cook and eat one hour before your bath). There was a author in this store selling his books and my mom couldn’t resist (my love of reading had a strong foundation from both my parents). I am ashamed to say that I can’t remember what the author’s name was but he looked like John Wayne and one of the main characters in his books is Ginny. Mom bought the first three in his series and told us she would love to have them all but she didn’t want to pay for all of them right now. We shopped some more and when Mom got out of site we three girls went back to the man and bought the other books in the series for her as a Christmas present. As far as I know, she doesn’t have a clue we did this so don’t tell her!
After shopping we went back to the hotel and played 500 until we had to get back on the bus to go to the Shoji Tabuchi show, which was actually just across the street from the hotel. Once in the theater we had to go check out the bathroom. Seriously, everyone told us to go look at the bathroom. It was rated the best ladies bathroom in America and both ladies and gentlemen’s bathrooms were featured on The Most Extreme show – bathroom edition. I didn’t see the men’s room (no ladies allowed) but I hear it had a billiard table and leather chairs to sit in. The ladies bathroom was all decked out for Christmas and there were fresh orchids on each sink. The stalls had real doors with doorknobs! And there was a fireplace in there too.
The show was entertaining. They had elves, santas, a panda bear, a racoon, some penguins… they played some Christmas songs, some cajun music, some big band music and western swing. I got hit by a wad of paper confetti at one point.
After the show we boarded the bus again and went to eat at a Chinese buffet, which was very good. Then on to the Welk theater to see the Lennon Sisters and Tony Orlando. The highlight of that show is when they were rapping to Yellow Ribbon. Yeah, anyway, that show was entertaining too, very patriotic and Christmassy at the same time.
I hope the nervous elephant upstairs will stop pacing tonight long enough for me to fall asleep.

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