Happy Trails and More! Music and moving in Branson

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Fall Creek Resort

Flag of United States  , Missouri
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

  We arrived at Fall Creek Resort in Branson yesterday - it's part of a huge Sunterra Resort complex, and sounded absolutely fabulous from all descriptions we'd read - it's one of our Resort Parks International membership parks, which means we pay a very small daily fee to stay.  We were surprised when we were directed to a very small rv camping area, where the sites are extremely close together and it appears the lawn/weeds haven't been trimmed for a very long time...and soon after we got set up in 90+ degree heat, their main power started dumping, which meant we could not run any air conditioning, so it got pretty miserable.  Luckily, it cooled off over night, and we were able to sleep with the windows open.   Late this morning, the power dumped again, so we left and went grocery shopping, and we also checked out what shows we could get discount tickets for, without sitting through time share presentations - we've got tickets for some great shows this week!
  We remembered that we have another RV Park here in Branson through RPI, so we went to check it out - it's a much nicer park, well-maintained, with large sites, and what appears to be trouble-free 50 amp power available.  So, we're planning to move to that RV Park tomorrow morning - hopefully we can get our money back from this one.
  Our tickets this evening were for the Sons of the Pioneers - the longest (73 years) continuous-running musical group (in ANY kind of music) in the country, and named a "National Treasure" by the Smithsonian.  The show included a chuckwagon dinner, which was really quite good!  The manager of the theater is a Cowboy Poet, so he opened the show with a couple of his poems.
  There are so many songs that the Sons of the Pioneers are known for (San Antonio Rose, Cool Clear Water, Happy Trails to You, to name a few!), that they sang for two straight hours, and we knew every one of their numbers.  Turns out, they wrote 3,000 songs in their early years!  One of the singers performing tonight has been with the group for 30 of their 73 years, and another retired member of the group was back to replace a musician who had recently left.  The young tenor was incredible, with an operatic voice and awesome range.  It was a great show!
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