Catching up

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism was last week in Branson, but because of a technical snaffu, I wasn’t able to post anything from there because the power cord to my laptop was missing.

In short, the conference was great. It was well organized, the speakers seemed to hit the right notes with their respective audiences and, of course, the food was awesome. But the best part of the event was meeting so many people and re-connecting with old friends.

The conference was held at Chateau on the Lake in Branson. It is a beautiful property with a spa and restaurant, along with speciality shops, right on the premises. You’re also just a short drive to beautiful Table Rock Lake.

Speaking of Table Rock, some of us were able to take a pontoon boat ride on the lake Monday night. It was, quite simply, beautiful. Although there was a breeze and a few whitecaps on the water (with the occasional water spray for the boat’s passengers) it was great to be out on the lake and see the natural beauty of the Ozarks.

I hadn’t been out on the water for some time, and it reminded me of my childhood, growing up on Mark Twain Lake and taking my grandparents pontoon boat out with the family. It really was a wonderful afternoon.

Although I didn’t get to explore Branson in depth, I was able to drive up and down the strip and see all the theaters and attractions, and we got to eat lunch on the Branson Landing, which is a pretty neat site, too. I’m looking forward to getting back down there sometime soon — when I can stay longer and see more.

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