Thursday, June 11, 2015

Day 21 - A surprise is in store for the Grandkids this morning

This morning we got up and left in the truck at 8:15 a.m.  Pops had something up his sleeve this morning for the grandkids; mainly Kolton.  Pops wouldn't tell the kids what the surprise was until we pulled into the parking lot of the "Duck Commander Warehouse".  We were where a lot of the action takes place on the television show "Duck Dynasty".

We arrived there half an hour before they open the store side of the building.  This is the actual building where the duck calls are produced.  They do not give tours to the public of the manufacturing section of the building.  I took some pictures outside while we waited for the store to open.

This is the new snowball building that is located at the front of the lot where the warehouse is located.

As we were waiting outside for the store to open, the parking lot began to fill up.  We noticed that it appeared that a lot of the vehicles were filming crew. Wow, we must have come here on the right day!  We watched the film crew having a meeting of sorts, and stood next to a trailer where the film crew kept their equipment,

The store opened, and it looked as though, it would be a while before any filming would start, so we went inside. Of course, Terryn and Kolton had to do the 'duck walk' into the store.  Ha ha!

Pops & Kolton immediately spotted the 'largest duck call' created to commemorate the Duck Commander's 40th Anniversary in 2012.

We looked around in the store and made a few purchases; then we went back outside to see if anything was developing.  Kolton was hoping to meet Willie.  We stood around outside in the hot sun for quite a while and not much was going on except the film crew was shuffling equipment around the Snowball building. They even had a couple of men from the Sheriff's department on hand.  A guy that evidently worked there came over to us and told us that we might want to stick around; that we just might get to see some of the Duck Dynasty family.  It was getting hotter by the minute as the sun was beating down on us, but it didn't look like anything was going to happen any time soon because the crew was still packing in equipment and setting it up so we went back into the air conditioned store.  We had seen Jep a few minutes earlier in the parking lot and I got a picture, but now he was in the store. 

 We walked around in the store and Pops & Kolton got around where Jep was standing and asked if they could get their picture taken with him.  He agreed, and I snapped their photo.

There was a display of the beginning of their duck call business in the store that was interesting.

A little later we went back outside again to see if there was any new developments.  It looked like the film crew was still setting up, but it appeared to be progressing.  We decided to stick around in hopes that we would get to see one of the 'stars'.

One of the spectators told us that Willie drove up in a truck a few minutes earlier and swung the truck into the parking lot "like he owned the place".  Sure enough, a few minutes later, Willie stepped out of hiding and gave a quick wave to his fans, and proceeded to the deck of the Snowball building.  I had my camera in hand and it accidentally took a few pictures.

Guess we will have to tune in to 'Duck Dynasty' to see what today's filming was all about.  We will be watching, for sure.  Kolton (and Pops) was pretty darn excited getting to see Willie, and getting a picture with Jep.

Well, that was our excitement (and surprise) for the day.  The surprise was on us!!!  We got to see Willie and Jep!!!  That made our day!

The rest of the day we traveled in Louisiana, Arkansas and into Southern Missouri. We ended up driving from Monroe, LA to Southern Missouri....we ended up staying the night in Branson, MO at America's Best Campground.  We got there and was set up at 7:00 p.m. and was back in the truck to go eat dinner at the White River Fish House next to Bass Pro.  Yum!

Besides getting to go to the Duck Commander Warehouse, seeing Willie and getting a picture with Jep, Kolton & Terryn's favorite thing today is when the GPS said "You've reached your destination." Quack! Quack!


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