What a crazy day we’ve had in Branson! First, we slept in. Ah, love vacation! I did keep my iPhone handy, though, in case an EDJ call came through, but things must have gone smoothly today. *crossing fingers* Papa from Mexico (my dad) called and said he was going to be able to come down for awhile, so we just lounged around the hotel room until he arrived.
I did something I’ve never done on vacation before: I worked out. *dies* It’s a good thing, too, because I didn’t eat the best today.
After Papa arrived, we headed to the Branson Ducks. The kids had a blast, but I was sorely disappointed. For $120 the six of us spent about 10 minutes on the water and the rest of the time either in Branson traffic or driving up and down quarry trails. I rode the ducks as a kid, and I swear we got to ride all over the lake IN THE WATER, along the dam and everything, but all we did today was make a big splash when the duck hit the water, and then drive around a little island.
Plus, they gave us all those annoying quackers. Forget waterboarding and ripping fingernails off — just trap parents in a vehicle with three kids blowing those duck calls at the top of their lungs.
Then we went to The Fish House over by Bass Pro at the Landing. Another disappointment. (See my last note about how I hate to eat in Branson.) The service was lousy and they were not busy at all (we got there around 4 PM). The food was okay but nothing to write home about, and the waitress spilled tea all over my lap and didn’t even say a word in apology. The view was pretty awesome — the restaurant hangs out over Taneycomo Lake.
We had to make a quick trip to Wal-Mart because someone forgot to bring underwear (That Man).
Then off we went to the Hollywood Wax Museum where a huge statue of King Kong climbing a fake Empire State Building wars against the Titanic museum on the opposite side of 76. We took a hilarious picture of all us clutched in King Kong’s paw, and yes, this time we were suckers and bought two copies for the low low price of $16. *rolls eyes*
Part of this attraction is a zombie ride called Castle of Chaos. We weren’t going to do it — fearing the monsters were too little. But the guy at the door told us the age requirement was only 5 years old, and it was like a movie. Note to self: never believe the guy trying to make money by selling tickets.
We LOVED LOVED LOVED the zombie ride. We, as in the grown ups. I cackled and shot zombies and squealed when a bat got in my hair (they rig the seats so that it’s “five dimensional”, e.g. things touch your head and the seat moves). Of course I had to shoot with my left hand, because I had Middle Monster clutched in my right arm. She kept her 3-D glasses on and only got near tears once, but she really didn’t like it much. Littlest Monster started bawling as soon as the lights went out. That Man said she kept hiding her face and shooting anyway. Once, she shot her seat because it started moving. Princess Monster sat with Papa and took her glasses off. The big chicken.
The third part of this attraction is a Mirror Maze, which sounds kind of dumb, but I swear it freaked me out more than the zombies. I had to walk with one hand out in front of me to keep from smashing my nose on the glass. Once I reached the exit, I stayed put, while everyone else lingered looking for all five of the hidden characters. They never did find the prince, but the monsters LOVED that maze. They’d to that again in a heartbeat.
We topped the night off with ice cream at Coldstone, and then Papa headed home. The monsters are swimming now and I’m protecting the netbook with a towel because we’ve got a bunch of rowdy spashers tonight. *glares*
Sis, you have GOT to get down here and ride the zombie Castle of Chaos. You will love it!!