In light of the sad passing of so many of our classmates, I thought I'd send in a few photos to show that some of us are still alive and kicking and having some fun in our "old" age.
Attached are 3 photos taken on a recent trip to Branson, Mo. For those who have never been there, it's a terrific place to visit. Not only do they have a variety of shows and restaurants, they also have completely renovated the old river front into a modern shopping strip. The architect that designed the dancing waters at the Bellagio in Los Vegas designed a mini-version in old Branson and visitors gather in a concrete landing to watch the colorful fire jets and water fountains perform to upbeat music on the hour.
In addition, Branson just opened up several new ziplines. We decided to try one out. It was great fun, although that first step is a real doozy! My son, Ross, and Sue, his girl friend joined us for the trip. Here we are in harnesses and helmets, ready for their huge Swiss army vehicle to transport us up to the top of a hill. From there we walked across a swinging suspension bridge and onto a small platform where our guide snapped us individually to the zipline. He went first (to stop us if we were coming in too fast) and then each one of us stepped off into space and zipped to the next platform. Talk about exhilarating!!
Al and I enjoy Branson so much that we visit at least twice a year. Nearby is Silver Dollar City, which contains acres and acres of beautiful rolling hills, arts, crafts, vendors of all sorts, entertaining family shows, and great food. In fact, Branson is such a great place that I vote we hold our next reunion there! — Diane Gurgens Urbanckas