Silver Dollar City
Branson, Missouri
March 25 & 26, 2011
Page One

The off season stinks.  That's just a fact of life here in the Midwest.  There's nothing good to ride outside of taking a huge trip far away and the weather just drives you crazy.  Well with needing and I mean NEEDING in a bad way to ride I decided to surprise Bond with a trip.  Actually I really wanted to reward him with something special for turning his grades around and doing a lot more at home without guidance.   So I decided to surprise him with a trip to a park he's been wanting to go for ages:  Silver Dollar City.

So I planned and planned and on Thursday March 24 I picked him up from school and sprung the trap.  The video above is his priceless reaction to finding out that instead of sitting in class the next day he'd be speeding around on several coasters.

Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

So after school we sped down the five and a half hour drive to Branson, Missouri, checked into our room, passed out and then got up and headed out to kick off the 2011 coaster season.  As you can see Bond's all happy about not having to go to school.

Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Of course when I made him go to school...well he wasn't as happy.

Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Look at how thrilled he is to have a learning experience when he should be riding coasters.

Actually the weather was a bit cold when we got there, well under the fourty degrees needed to open Silver Dollar City's big coasters so we wandered around exploring the park while Mother Nature did her work.

The Electro Spin at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Bond likes to get his "Disk-O on" and as it'd make me ill I let him go off and get a spin on Silver Dollar City's Electro-Spin.


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