Missouri Memories: Branson Vacation Style


Family vacations. Bring to mind long car rides, singing songs loudly or arguing over a radio station, bad motel rooms, and memories that will last a lifetime.

I only remember one real family vacation from my childhood. You could argue tow others, but one was just visiting out-of-state family for Thanksgiving and the other attending an out-of-state family wedding.

One summer, however, we did journey from our small, rural town on the east side of Missouri to Branson, the booming country music town in the southern west side of Missouri. For one brief moment we did the tourist thing as we spent a day at Silver Dollar City, time at Shepherd of the Hills, saw The Braschler’s music show, and simply enjoyed the Ozark Mountains.

While I did get to travel before I became an adult, this was my only experience on a family vacation as a child. 

Red colored popcorn at a theater show. Pulling over by a rock wall for someone to be carsick. Riding Fire in the Hole for the first time. Holding on to one of those big ‘ole bullfrogs before the race. Those are things a child never forgets. 

No matter how old they get.

Despite the many times I have returned to Branson, and the new memories built, I will always remember it as the only real family vacation I went on as child.


Inspiration for this post was taken from 30 Days of Your Stories . Please hop over to her blog and check out her awesome idea!!!

You can link to MY 30 days of stories below!

1. Saturday mornings
2. Neighbors
3. Vacation
4. Music
5. Accents
6. Cars
7. Books
8. Purse
9. Your favorite grade
10. Your Go-To Story
11. Holidays
12. Letter to yourself as a teenager
13. Lying
14. Pets
15. Sports
16. Your Room
17. One time you weren’t cool
18. Weather
19. Recipe
20. What you want to remember
21. Traveling
22. Shoes
23. Favorite Bible verse
24. Your bravest moment
25. Garden
26. Your favorite color
27. The breathings of your heart
28. Comfort
29. The book inside you
30. Your worst fear

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2 comments

  • Wow, this brought back memories of so many family trips we used to do when I was growing up – and with my own kids later on. One of our favorite places to go was Acadia National Park.

  • I never went on a family vacation back in the 40s. I guess money was short in those days, and my parents had split up. I’m glad you had at least one vacation to remember.