Monday, May 13, 2013

Ruby Tuesday II

Last week-end we celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary in Branson, Missouri.  While there, we to a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway.  I have a fondness for trains since my dad worked for the Frisco Railroad and I grew up riding trains.  It is one of the most relaxing ways to travel.  So, what else did we do?

We arrived Friday afternoon and checked into our hotel.  For this trip we stayed at the Branson Landing.  You simply walk out of the hotel and into a shopping/restaurant mall area.  Since we were not planning on seeing any of the shows in town, this was a perfect choice.  We spent several hours in the shopping area.  Since there Bass Pro Shops is one of the anchor stores, I'm good with the shopping experience.  Now it's time to eat.

 Whenever we travel, we like to eat at places that do not exist in our home town.  The restaurant may be a chain, but it doesn't have a location where we live.  Cantina Laredo at Branson Landing is a very good place to eat.  We will almost always find an excuse to eat one meal here, whenever we visit Branson Landing.

Saturday's highlight was riding the train.  It is about an hour and a half trip through the Ozarks.  You actually cross into Arkansas.
 There were two tunnels on the trip.  These tunnels were built between 1902-1904.  One is nearly a half mile long and the other is almost two-thirds of a mile in length.  It boggles the mind what our forefathers accomplished.

Saturday evening found us celebrating our anniversary with dinner at White River Fish House on Lake Taneycomo, at Branson Landing.

We started with something a little different, fried gator tails.  They were great.

Sunday morning found us in "Historic Downtown Branson", which is just across the street and tracks from Branson Landing.  There is Dick's 5 & 10 store, which is a throwback to the late 50's & early 60's.  To say that they have everything is an understatement.

Just in case you were wondering, the 5 & 10 store is the predecessor to what we now know as Walmart, Target, and Kmart.  Well that was our anniversary week-end.  It wasn't terribly exciting, but it was relaxing and most enjoyable.  I'm sure we're going to do something much more adventurous for our 40th.


  1. Hubby and I would have loved this kind of weekend. Oh yes we would. Thanks for letting me go along.

    Those gator tails look mighty good.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  2. Actually we find that vacations are most relaxing is when the big decision of the day is 'where do we eat' - no big decisions are needed then :) 39 years is great, we celebrated our 27th last Friday...the time may not be standing still, but the years of marriage get better and better as they continue!

  3. It's so good to have the time to wander, just soaking in sights and sounds! This sounds like a very interesting journey! Love the idea of the scenic railway!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful trip!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Lea's Menagerie

  5. Wonderful way to celebrate! Magnificent shots for RT ~ Love the Train!

  6. Happy Anniversary!! Wow thats great and love the fire engine red train :)

  7. Cool train! I love train travel, and Happy 39th!

  8. As you know, I live (blog-wise) vicariously through Sue (above) but when she told me, I HAD to pop by and wish you a belated Happy Anniversary and glad you're all doing well! :)

    1. Thank you Matthew. It is great to hear from you. I trust that all is well with you and yours.