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Turkey Creek RV Village, Hollister, Missouri

This home houses the storm shelter for Turkey Creek, where we spent...

"Dancing Water" at Branson Landing

Jim and Chris relaxing in Branson

Jim and Sally relaxing in Branson

Jim and Sally ready to ride the Duck.

View of Table Rock Lake from the top.

This is the road where the Duck went in and out of...

One of many military vehicles we saw on the Ducks tour.

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A little bit of the fun of the Dancing Water

On May 5, we arrived at Turkey Creek RV Village in Hollister, Missouri, just south of Branson.

When we checked into the RV park, they made it a point to tell us where the storm shelter is and that when we hear the siren, we have five minutes to get to the storm shelter. Little did we know that we would have an opportunity to check out the storm shelter while we were there. We awoke one morning to stormy weather. It was rainy and windy and then it got very dark and very still. Next thing we heard was the tornado siren. We ended up staying in the tornado shelter for about a half hour and then spent the morning watching the weather reports on TV. It is a very nice tornado shelter, built into the side of a hill under a stone house. Less than a week later, shortly after midnight, we had another opportunity to visit the tornado shelter. This time there was actually a tornado confirmed on the ground just a few miles from the RV park.

For the first week or so we were here, we spent a lot of time relaxing in the park and doing some routine cleaning and maintenance. Jim and Sally Lynch were coming into to town and we didn't want to risk doing something or seeing a show they would want to see. The RV park had some entertainment come in a couple of evenings while we were there. One evening, a performer who does a tribute to Patsy Cline, performed and another night a couple of singers from a local restaurant entertained us.

We did visit the Titanic Museum in Branson. Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed in the museum. The museum features hundreds of artifacts from the ship and some of the passengers. Upon entering the museum, each visitor is given a "boarding pass" with the name of one of the passengers or crew members on the Titanic. At the end of the museum, in a memorial room, all passengers and crew are listed, each person can see if their passenger or crew member survived or not. A small pool of water sits at the temperature of the ocean water to show how cold the water was. It takes only 20 minutes at 28 degrees for a body to go into hypothermia. There is an interactive area where you can send an SOS signal, experience the varying angles of the deck at different stages of the sinking, and sit in a full size replica of a portion of a lifeboat and listen to stories from some of the survivors. This was a very interesting museum and we're glad we didn't miss it.

On the first day Jim and Sally were in Branson, we decided to walk to a theater to check out the show times. None of us knew exactly how far the theater was, but we figured it couldn't be too far. After walking about 1.5 miles we walked right by Stone Hill Winery and decided it was time for a break! So we took a tour of the winery and participated in their free wine tasting. Then we continued our walk. We ended up walking a total of 5.6 miles that day. And as you may or may not know, Branson is not flat. We walked several very steep hills in very warm weather. Ah, it was all good!

While Jim and Sally were with us in Branson, we saw a 50's, 60's, 70's tribute show, played mini-golf, rode go-karts, doused each other on bumper boats, and had a generally good time. We also rode the Ducks. The Ducks are amphibious military vehicles built for World War II. The tour took us into the hills outside of Branson, where we got a birds-eye view of Table Rock Lake, took us past various military vehicles on display and then splashed into Table Rock Lake for a short ride.

On Saturday, May 23, we headed for Sedalia, Missouri and the Escapade.

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