Monday, November 30, 2009

Branson Vacation

Sidney and I just returned from a weekend vacation in Branson, MO.  It had been quite a while since we had been there and we knew there had been a lot of changes to the area, so we went prepared.

We stayed at a timeshare resort (took the tour to save money), saw the Dixie Stampede, and did some shopping while we were there.  We had a very nice time and a well needed time of relaxation, however, I left there wondering what the decendants of this Ozark area would think if they could see things now?  When we visited Branson about 40 years ago, there wasn't much there except for Silver Dollar City and a few stores on the Main Street.  I loved going through those stores because they sold "hand made" crafts.  I would just be amazed at the craftmanship and would always come home motivated to try my hand at something new.
This weekend I saw the same-ole "stuff" that I could find anywhere.  There were few "hand-crafted" items in the stores that I visited and most had a tag on the back that read, "Made in China". 

I thought of the decendants of the Ozarks and the hard work they endured.  Just trying to make a small garden in those  rock laden hills must have taken all the strength one could muster up.  Carrying water up and down those Ozark hills must have been a lot of work too.  I just can't imagine what it would have been like to live in the poverty sticken Ozarks years ago.   And now....I heard this week that an acre of land in the Branson Ozarks sells for about 1/4 million dollars.  

But Branson, MO is a testimony of one thing;  someone had a dream and a vision of what they could do with a tall hills and low valleys and they held onto that dream until it was accomplished.  I enjoyed my vacation but as usual, I'm glad to be home.


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