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Cleveland to Branson, Missouri

Our next few uneventful days(not really, but that’s a story for another day!) took us through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and to the southwest corner of Missouri, to our week-long destination of Branson.
11406244_1123375237677633_4086126279007352799_oIt was about this time that we got some sad news from home.  Our next door neighbors at Twin Grove park, Dave and Sheryl Sherman had to put down their little buddy, Ellie, who had been sick for a while.  We’ll miss you Ellie!

Branson is an interesting place.   There are a lot of things to do in the area, and the countryside is very pretty.   The main drag of Branson is hard to describe.  It reminds me of a combination of a bad imitation of Vegas and the Wildwood, New Jersey boardwalk.  There are amusement rides,  lots of burger and chicken finger food joints,  terrible traffic jams, etc.  It is clean,  but just seems a little “tired”.

We stayed in Ozark Country Campground, a family owned RV park.  The owners were great people and the price was excellent, as they let us use  Passport America  50% off rates!  If we ever go back to the Branson area, we will stay here again!

To stay with our theme of Full-time Rvers’ traveling, eating and blogging across North America, the Indian Clay Oven and Grill was our best dining experience in Branson.  The food was outstanding – Carol had the Chicken Korma(chicken cooked with a creamy cashew sauce) and I had Balti Shrimp Curry(cooked in Indian spices, tomato and yogurt).  If you’re ever in Branson and like Indian cuisine – definitely check it out!  We’re sorry we didn’t take the time to do a full restaurant review.

13654324_10206584291151742_22266950920661998_nAnother unique experience was dining at the College of the Ozarks.  The campus is beautiful and is totally cared for by the students. The fine dining restaurant is also run by the students and13612220_10206584291871760_2436397407312740644_n 13607054_10206584290791733_2163328321065033800_n

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is farm to table. They raise their own beef and pork, grow their own vegetables, have their own creamery and make the best ice cream. No full time student pays tuition. They work 15 hrs per week and 2 forty hour weeks during break while earning their 4 year degree. They call it “Hard Work U”!

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We spent some time at Table Rock Lake.  This lake is big!  It has over 800 miles of shoreline! It was created by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1958. Downstream from the dam, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo. Lake Taneycomo is created from the cold water discharged from the dam that creates a trout fishing environment that is amazing.

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The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery produces between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds of trout each year.  Both rainbow and brown trout are raised at the hatchery with 80 percent of production going into Lake Taneycomo.

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The remainder of the fish are stocked into other Missouri trout management areas.  The trout they raise are gigantic – we saw some that were in the 15-18 lb. range, that reminded me of red salmon in size!

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If you like to fish for trout, this is the place to go!

One of the other touristy things we did was ride the “Ducks“!  The captain was a hoot!

The week ended pretty quickly, and now it was <sigh>, off to Kansas for warranty work on our RV at the factory!

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