Rested and ready

What a refreshing break from our remodeling project! We left the Landing two weeks ago today, headed toward Branson. Our first stop, though, was in Olathe, Kansas at Mid-America Nazarene University where we, along with several other volunteer and staff couples, helped host a mini-reunion of Golden Bell summer staffers for the past few years. It was such a fun evening!

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The next morning, we met up with a bus friend from Merriam, KS, Dan Leap. Dan has a band called Pompous Jack and is the maker of the Guitar Lamp, one of which you see in the picture below. Dan’s place is unique and well worth seeing, pinball machines and all.

dans-pad

Our little PT Cruiser had more than 133,000 miles and we had decided it was time to move on to something with four doors, an automatic transmission and cruise control. LeRoy had been researching and while many newer cars that meet those qualifications aren’t flat towable, some are towable with a dolly. The 2016 Escape is one of those and we picked one up while we were in the Kansas City area.

escape

Since we still had the Cruiser in tow, I drove the new car behind LeRoy as we headed to Branson. We met up with friends in Ozark the night before we headed back to the Landing and they decided to buy the Cruiser! They also happened to have a tow dolly, so it was a mutually beneficial transaction.

The Branson rally was, as always, lots of fun. This year there were 30 or more buses, including mostly Silver Eagle conversions, with one GM conversion and several Prevost conversions in the mix. There were several new members, including new friends from Texas, Louisiana and Kansas. Beautiful buses!

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This one even followed us home! Wilbur and Laura Bradbury have spent a few days at the Landing while they take care of his sister in Derby. We’ll miss them when they leave, but we’ll see them again in January in Arizona.

bradbury

One of our favorite things about bus rallies is the food. We ate…and ate…and ate some more! Greek food at Papouli’s in Reed Springs

greek

catfish and chicken livers at Big Cedar Lodge where we walked across a covered bridge

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and stuffed french toast or 15″ pancakes at Billy Gail’s.

billy-gail

We used to say that we weren’t old enough to attend the shows in Branson but that was before we discovered Sight and Sound Theater and their fantastic Biblical musicals. Two years ago we saw Jonah and this time the current show was Moses, which we saw with Dennis and Renae Hafenbreadl from Wisconsin. These shows are magnificent! If you get the chance, check them out. How do you top parting the Red Sea?

moses

Now that we’re back in Kansas, we’re busy finishing up the remodel on one of our rental properties. We’re getting closer but still no real “after” shots. We’re hoping to be finished by the end of the week and it’s beginning to look like a real possibility. Stay tuned for more!

 

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