Date night

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End May 24, 2011

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

We set aside our Saturday in Branson for a special date night.
An unexpected addition to our date night plans was a free game of putt-putt at the local Pirate's Cove. Pirate's Cove was, and continues to be, our favorite miniature golf chain. The grounds are beautiful, the courses are appropriately challenging. It makes for a great afternoon. Our game today was free, because when we golfed the night before, the manager felt like he needed to apologize for the fact that the last four courses weren't lit. We didn't say no to a free chance to come back!

So after golfing, we headed to what was, up to that point, our favorite restaurant. I say that not because it ceased to be. But our last experience eating at Bleu Olive was over our honeymoon. We loved it so much, we went twice that week. But that was before our taste for restaurants had been tainted by the necessity to eat out every day. We also got our dinners at a wicked deal. So... this was the true test. Would our expectations be exceeded once again on our third visit? And for full price? And, most importantly, would it continue to be our all-time favorite restaurant, or just another place to eat like the hundreds of others we've visited?

The Bleu Olive rose to the challenge and passed with flying colors. We were once again hooked with the complimentay bread and oil at the beginning of the meal. And once we sank our teeth into Kelsey's shrimp dish, and my lamb shank, we immediately resounded with continued praises for the Bleu Olive.

I'm glad we were able to visit while on this tour. We can now rank it among the very best dinners we've experienced.

With happy bellies, we continued on to our third and final event for the evening. We didn't want to leave Branson without seeing a show, so we bought tickets for the Shanghai Circus. We were not able to find the time or money to see it over our honeymoon, so it was a clear choice this time around.

Those boys and girls dazzled and amazed as always. Now, Kelsey and I have both seen Chinese acrobat performances. Even within this past year. And, consequently, many of the stunts were similar to others we've seen. But just because we'd seen something like it before does not mean that it was any less impressive. Kelsey still gasped and gripped my knee in suspense. My back hurt just watching some of those contortionists. Great show.

And that concluded our evening, and our Branson visit in general. Onward to the normal rigors of our job. But we were refreshed to be able to stay in one place for a length of time. Just a few more short months and that will be the norm. We'll soak up the travel while we can.
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