Missouri: The Show-Me State

Missouri was a whirlwind experience for us as we were only there for 1 day. After spending 3 quiet, but full, days in Kentucky we began our 8-9 hour car ride to Branson, Missouri located in the south west corner of the state.

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The first noteworthy thing that we saw was naturally the Gateway Arch in Jefferson Memorial Park.  We didn’t have time to stop and take in the sights as we had to get to Branson by 7:30pm for a show we were scheduled to see.   But, traffic was a bit backed up due to construction and I got to take many photos from many angles and a good few moments to stare at it.

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Luckily, traffic got flowing again quickly and we enjoyed the ride.  This was actually my husbands favorite part of the trip.  Branson has so much to offer with great hotel rates and numerous live shows and theater productions advertised everywhere.  We unfortunately didn’t have a chance to stop by the Laura Ingalls Wilder House, but that will definitely be on our list for next time.

I think one of my favorite parts was the drive through the beautiful Ozarks.  The landscape was breathtaking and awe inspiring and we were all filled with so much anticipation as our van took us further from home and closer to the unknown.

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We arrived in Branson with plenty of time to spare which was great and after finding our hotel was only 2 minutes from the theater we took a lot of time to rest, watch TV, shower, and snack on some foods.  The driving wasn’t too bad, but we knew the very next day we would be driving again, so this was a welcomed rest.

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At 7:30 we were scheduled to take in a showing of the biblical play “Jonah” at the Sight and Sound Theater.  We have been to these shows before in the theater in Lancaster, PA.  We were told, however, that the Branson theater is the bigger of the two so we were excited to see it.  It was a beautiful theater much like the one in PA, but just so big.

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We decided to eat at the Theater to save time and money since we were going to get snacks there anyway!

Printing our tickets in advance was a great idea because we got right in and had awesome seats in row 5 near the stage.

They do not allow photography during the show so unfortunately I can’t share any of the amazing production in media form, although I can say it was one of our families personal favorites.  The way they did the whole boat and whale scene was amazing and well, you just seriously should go check it out.  Like, now. For real.

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After the show we stopped of course at the gift shop where we spent too much money on stuffed animals for the children and I surprisingly treated myself to a shirt.  It was just that cool.

As we left the parking lot there were some beautiful fireworks being put on in the distance over the city.  It was a nice added bonus.   We then went straight back to the hotel which took, you know, two minutes at which point we all went promptly to bed to prepare for another 8 hour trip the next day to Amarillo!

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Thanks Missouri for “showing us” all the beauty and excitement you have to offer.  I hope you will “show-me” again really soon!