On the Road Again – Day 5

A Bunny and a Goat and a Dog, Oh My! Plus a Butterfly!!

The day we arrived in Branson, Mo. the forecast for the week was bleak.  Unless you are a duck.  There was an 80% chance of rain every day.  Up until Day 5, if it rained it rained at night when we were asleep except for one time.  It came a pretty good shower when I was sitting in the hot tub with a couple from Pennsylvania.

We ignored it.  If you are in a hot tub you can only get so wet and we had already reached the saturation point.  So we solved the world’s problems as a steady rain fell.

Day 5 was the exception.  It was raining when we got up and show no signs of stopping.  That was the day my wife’s motto kicked in:  “When the going gets tough the tough go shopping.”  I tagged along.

I had been looking for some cargo pants.  I found three pair I liked and purchased them.  That was before a lady in our neighborhood posted this meme on Facebook:

Good thing my self-esteem is strong.  I will wear my “purse pants” proudly.  A few years ago we visited Silver Dollar City and I rode the Outlaw Run roller coaster.  It features an 18 story drop almost straight down to get started. Then after multiple vertebrae rattling turns it does not one, but TWO consecutive 360 loops. A while later I reached in my pocket and my key fob was gone.  Luckily, my wife had hers.  I filed a report with the Silver Dollar City lost and found.  We had barely arrived home when they called to report it had been found.  They mailed it to me for five bucks.  Since then I require pockets that button, even if ridicule is a part of the equation.

After we hit a large strip mall, the rain stopped.  At my wife’s behest, we then headed towards the mecca of Branson shoppers, the Branson Landing.  In addition to a lot of nice stores & restaurants, it also has a nice boardwalk that parallels Lake Taneycomo for bored husbands that want to get a little exercise.  But not before I hit Bass Pro and took some pictures of people walking their pets.

Branson Landing is pretty upscale, but it is still in the Ozarks. 

Here is the first pet I saw.

Yep. That’s a Goat.

The second pet I encountered was a very photogenic, good-natured dog who happily posed for me.

Now THAT is a cute dog!

Finally, on my walk, I encountered some Branson wildlife

A Bunny that thought it was invisible.
And a Butterfly that Patienly waited for me to Snap a Pic

So . . .it wasn’t a total rainout! I don’t recall who once observed that “weather forecasters are wrong often enough that you can’t count on them, but right often enough that you can’t ignore them.”

If no one else claims that observation maybe I said it. As my wife will attest, It wouldn’t be the first time I totally forgot something I once said.

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