Our time in Branson was mostly to relax. We have been there together and separately several times now, and usually see as many shows as possible during our stay. This time we saw just two, one of which was "Noah, The Musical". It was marvelous. We took the Behind the Scenes Tour prior to the matinee show. There we saw the cast make-up and costume rooms, props, animal dressing room - yes - these are VERY clean stalls where they groom the animals used in the performance. (They use both live and animatronic animals.) During the second half of the show, the audience is actually in the ark. It was amazing!
The theatre is H.U.G.E. - seats just under 3000. The basement is built into a hill and so behind the building is where the animals live and roam, although that's not visible.
We have heard, on several occasions, about Chicken Annie's and Chicken Mary's in Pittsburg, KS. There have been TV food programs about the two restaurants and the almost cult-like following of each. Well, that peaked our curiosity, so we took a much LONGER route home, on two-lane roads, so we could have lunch at one or the other. After Larry and Elaine did research on their iPhones, we decided Chicken Annie's was the place of choice. Rich had the address in the GPS and we were good to go! We drove for hours - and then someone had the bright idea to call for reservations. Oh my!!! It was early afternoon, and we found out neither one opened until 4pm. So we decided we couldn't wait that long to eat and stopped at some other little "joint". After driving miles and miles we ended up out in the country - surely we thought we were lost. But low and behold! There they were - the two restaurants separated by a small patch of land. Well, at least we got to see them, but it was a disappointment as we had really built up the dinner in our minds! We've learned that their hours are 4-8 pm, during the week and 11-8 on Sundays, so perhaps we'll go some Sunday after church. It turned out to be about a three hour drive from our house!
So what is usually a six-hour drive home turned out to be an eight-hour drive. We were beat! Larry and Elaine stayed until Sunday. They wanted to hear Brett preach so we went to Hope for church and L&E flew back to LA on Sunday.
Thank you Lord for these precious friends!
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