Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Safari Dan

Safari Dan, the nature guide that everyone knows, and loves got a chance to pick out his top gift picks! Safari Dan loves antiques and unique finds. His first pick was this reclaimed wine rack, made from an old wine barrel.


Secondly, every good nature guide needs a Branson Zipline water bottle. Safari Dan knows the importance of staying hydrated even in the winter months.


Safari Dan’s next pick was this Branson Beef Jerky comes in a variety of interesting flavors, from “Redneck” Teriyaki and Branson Pirates Rum to Sweet Jalapeno, and Hillbilly Jalapeno($8.99).


These travel pillows are right up his alley. Safari Dan absolutely loves nature and specifically trees. These log-esque tree pillows allow Safari Dan to take nature with him when he travels, literally, and are the perfect gift for under his christmas tree.


Lastly Safari Dan chose a few paracord bracelets($4.99). Each bracelet contains 7 feet of paracord that could be very useful in a survival situation.


Safari Dan doesn’t want the ziplining season to end. Stop by and see us before we are closed for January and February.

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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Ryan

Ryan has been with us since 2011 and was married this September. When we asked Ryan what his holiday picks would be, he knew right away, since he had already done part of his holiday shopping in the gift shop! Most of his gifts were for his new wife.

His first gift was this adorable bag for his wife, Amber. She is still in school at College of the Ozarks studying Biology. He thought this would be the perfect bag for school for her. This bag comes from the Himalayas and was handcrafted with that culture in mind.


Next he chose these shoes. She absolutely loves this style of shoes and he was sure she would love these.


His next gift was a few of these headbands. These headbands are from the Banded Company. This company supports Amazima Ministries and each headband purchases provides 3 meals for a child in Uganda.


He also chose some of our Bird Seed Brittle, Almond Brittle and Dark Chocolate Almond Granola to fill Amber’s stocking. What a sweet, healthy snack for christmas morning!


Lastly he chose this Handcarved Eagle Head Walking Stick. He said, “It doesn’t get much cooler than this.”


All these items available in our gift shop from now until December 31! If you can’t stop by give us a call and we can ship your gifts to you!

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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Dave

Dave is our resident handyman and general Mr. Fix-It. Dave has been with us since we started excavation of the site back in January 2010. Dave is an integral part of keeping things running smoothly at Branson Zipline. If you ever get a second to talk to Dave, most likely the conversation will lead to his wonderful grandchildren. Dave can’t talk about his grandkids enough! He loves the little guys more than life itself.

Dave’s first pick was of course gifts for his grandkids. He chose these awesome toy trains.


As well as these hand-carved Bat and Bear slingshots. Every little boys dream is to have free range with a slingshot!


Dave is a huge coffee lover. Every morning when Dave gets to work he fires up the coffee pot, regardless of the temperature outside. These coffee mixes paired with a Branson Zipline mug with a built in spoon is a perfect gift for Dave, or any coffee lover.


Every handy man needs a multi-tool, Dave has tons of these but can never have enough!


Lastly, Dave chose these bottles of Moonshine Hot Sauce. Dave loves spicy food and these are the perfect addition to any home cooked meal.


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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Steven

Steven has been a part of the branson Zipline family since 2011, and recently just added a new member to his family. A beautiful yellow lab named Sydney. Of course when Steven got to make his gift wish list, he chose all doggie related items.

The first item on his list was this Pet Snack Launcher($12.95). This item seems like it would be hilarious.


He also chose this laser($4.99) and pet blinker($8.95). The laser is a toy pretty much any dog will go crazy over and the pet blinker is practical.



Steven lives in the middle of the woods, and when he lets his dog out of night, in the pitch black this is an easy way to keep track of Sydney.4Steven3

Since Sydney is still a puppy Hot Hands ($1.99) will definitely come in handy when potty training Sydney outside on cold winter mornings.


Lastly a Branson Zipline Boomerang($12.95) made the list.


Steven says he has always wanted to learn how to throw a boomerang and what better time to learn now that he has a labrador to retrieve it when it doesn’t quite make it back!

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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Brooke

Brooke has been with us since 2011 and can almost always be found in our gift shop creating new displays. Like Vicki, Brooke had a very hard time just picking just a few items.

Her first item was this cute Flower Pot($29.95).


That item would go perfect with her next choice. This garden sign($24.95.)


She also chose this “Keep It Simple” RV Sign($26.95).


Brooke loves a good cup of tea so her next choices were this adorable antique tea pot ($14.95)


and this sweet Flower trivet (for her new Tea Pot of course!)


as well as this this Tea Tin($12.95) for tea bag storage.

Lastly she chose this unique set of wooden earrings($9.99).


It’s not too late for your last minute shopping! Stop by and see us! We’re even open Christmas Day!

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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Vicki

Vicki is our retail manager and bookkeeper here at the Branson Zipline and she is responsible for purchasing all of our gift items, as well as decorating the Gift Shop. When we asked her what her top picks were she knew she was going to have a very hard time choose just a few items! “But I want them all!” she said. Vicki has 4 grandkids with another on the way so of course her first picks were toys for them! Her first choice were these Amish Made dolls.


Secondly she chose this adorable Summer Bugs Tea set.


Her next few choices were items that she would love to find under her tree this year!

These adorable tea towels ($16.95) go perfectly with this tea towel holder($69.95) that is made from an old faucet and would fit perfectly with the decor of Vicki’s home.


She also couldn’t pass up these adorable boot cuffs($24.95), which fit perfectly under high boots without being too bulky


and this sweet wool hat($28.95).6vicki1

Come by our Gift Shop. We’re open each day until 4:45! You’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for just about anyone in your family!

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Staff Picks: Holiday Guide: Wes

Wes is our sales manager here at the Branson Zipline. Wes was super excited when he found out we would be doing a Staff Gift Guide Series on our blog. He spent quite a bit of time trying to find the perfect gift ideas. So many of our items are extremely unique it was hard to pick. Wes is definitely a family man, and his gift picks reflect that. Wes’ first pick was a cute bird house($19.95) for his wife Paula.


Secondly is was this awesome bench made from an antique wine barrel($299). Wes’ and his family spend a lot of time outside and this bench would make the perfect addition to their porch.


To go along with their time outside Wes requested his stocking be stuffed with some party dip mixes. These Shurshot Dip Mixes($16.95) not only look like really shotgun shells but come in a variety of flavors, and each are super tasty.


Next Wes chose something for himself, this pair of shotgun shell cufflinks ($49.95) This collection also includes shotgun shell earrings, keychains, leather cuffs, and flasks.


Lastly, Wes loves to represent the Branson Zipline wherever he goes, and this Zipline hat is the perfect accessory to do the job. Wes is extremely proud of where he works and loves to tell everyone about it.


Again, all of these items are for sale in our gift shop. If there’s any item that catches you eye, or would make the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones, please give us a call @ 417-562-0699 and we can ship it to you!

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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Julie

In continuing with our Holiday Staff Picks our next featured staff is Julie. Julie has been here since we opened in May 2010. She has worked her way up and is currently one of our Co – Managers. She is also the mother of an adorable 4 year old, Kayna. Julie definitely picked some of the most unique items we have available in our gift shop. First she chose these baabaazuzu mittens. These mittens are made from 100% vintage reclaimed wool. No two mittens are alike, and each is handcrafted. We also have a collection of hats, purses, scarves, and tablet cases made by baabaazuzu.


Secondly she would love this Bunbury Board($49.95). It is a cutting board like no other. By visiting the Bunbury Board website each board can be traced back to the exact tree it came from. These boards are from County Carlow, Ireland. Each one comes with a tree report and a picture detailing the trees location.


Tis the season for hot chocolate. This camping inspired mug ($5.99) was a top choice of Julie’s. Being outside is one of the best parts of working at the zipline, but most morning are accompanied with coffee or hot chocolate!


This next item is a Boho Bandeau($11.95). This wrap can be used in a multitude of ways. It can be used as a headband, head scarf, neck protector, ponytail holder, and the list goes on and on. These come in a variety of colors.


Lastly Julie chose a “KnobStopper.” ($39.95) These cute items are stoppers for leftover wine. These items are handcrafted from antique door knobs and each piece is unique.


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Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide: Ciara

Our gift shop here at Wolfe Creek Preserve has a wide variety of items for purchase. With Christmas just around the corner, we decided to do a “Staff Picks” Gift Guide. We asked a few members of our staff to choose their “Top 5 Gifts” from our store. With such a unique and wide variety of items it was hard for most of our staff to choose which gifts they would most want.

Our first featured staff member is Ciara. Ciara has been with us since the beginning of this year. Ciara is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management. Ciara is a true chef at heart and her gift choices definitely reflected her love of cooking and food.

Ciara’s first choice was this Grainron Wesco antique wood burning stove. She lists this as her “wishful thinking” gift. This mint condition stove/oven combo is listed for $600 and would be the perfect addition to any great chef’s home.


Ciara is constantly trying new and different recipes. She chose this unique Earth to Table Cookbook ($34.95) that specializes in organic cooking. The perfect gift for a health conscious foodie in your life.


Her next item of choice was this candy mold, listed in store for $1.99


and these Pot Pie Shields($16.95). This is a unique item that you palce over the edges of your pot pies to keep the crusts from burning while cooking. a very helpful gadget that even cook needs.


Lastly she couldn’t resist some of our Amish Feast. Pickled Okra and Apple Butter are two of Ciara’s favorites from our collection of different jams, jellies and pickled goodies.Most of these Amish Feast jars are priced at $5.99, but a deal we have going on is “Buy 5 jars and get the 6th jar free!”


All of these items are available in the Wolfe Creek Station Gift Shop. If there is any item that catches your eye, feel free to give us a call at 417-561-0699 and we can ship it to you!

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Meet Dave: Maintenance Manager

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Legend has it that Dave dated Janice Joplin’s sister, came up with the idea for the minivan, and has been at Branson Zipline since the beginning of time. That last tidbit isn’t too far off the mark; Dave’s been working here at Wolfe Creek Preserve since before the first zip line was even open. In fact, he was a crucial member of the excavation team that built the parking lot and created the corridor on Wolfe Mountain between Lookout and Crow’s nest. Though Dave could be best known for his contributions to the excavation of this property and maintenance of our current world class facility, he’s often better known for his wild stories and life adventures that might be just as exciting as our thrilling zip line course.

Whether he’s completing work on the property as a master craftsman, steering raccoons away from guests, or fixing a drain somewhere on the property, Dave’s always doing something to improve our beautiful facility. However, the actual maintenance work and construction projects are not why Dave loves his job here. When I asked him why he loves working at Wolfe Creek Preserve, Dave explained his background in construction work.

“I worked construction jobs for a large part of my life,” Dave said. “It gets hard to work construction because you’re always on the wrong side of the fence. You know which fence I’m talking about? It’s the one that says DO NOT ENTER. That’s the fence I always worked behind because I was always doing the construction stuff, the dangerous stuff. I love working here because I’m finally on the right side of the fence. I get to be on the side of the fence where everyone else is and I love the people here.”

Dave’s enthusiasm for interacting with guests and fellow Branson Zip line employees make him not only valuable to the upkeep of this incredible facility, but to the people who work here as well. His vibrant personality makes him easy to talk to and all of the guides know some story or another about Dave (whether the stories are true or not remains unclear). When I asked some of the guides to tell me their favorite stories about Dave they all smiled or laughed and shook their heads, as if to say that there were too many to tell.

Despite my inability to learn stories about Dave from the guides’ perspectives, Dave was an open book when I talked to him. He told me about how much he treasures his two children and five grandchildren, and also told me many incredible stories about his life. While the myths about Dave inventing minivans and motorbikes are intriguing, it seems that his actual life experiences are just as entertaining as the stories others tell about him.

When I talked to Dave, he began with tales of outdoor adventure early on in his life. He said that when he was young, he lived in New Mexico for a while and used to pack a canteen and a meal to bring with him when he’d explore outdoors. Him and his brother used to walk until they were miles and miles away from home, only turning back to reach the house before darkness fell. Dave’s penchant for adventure in his youth has characterized his life; he’s moved too many times to count and traveled all over the United States in pursuit of stunning natural landscapes, adrenaline-inducing activities, and unforgettable memories.

Dave has snowmobiled through the mountains of Michigan (and holds a record among friends for jumping over two full-sized hills in his snowmobile), trained greyhounds to win prestigious competitions, worked as a goat farmer (and still does in his spare time), watched the northern lights from a remote campsite in Michigan, and has countless other stories to tell anyone who cares to sit and ask him about his incredible life. Dave’s authentic sense of adventure, love of the natural wonders of the world, and genuine interactions with co-workers and guests are only some of the reasons that Dave is such an asset to Wolfe Creek Preserve; his traits perfectly parallel the standards of travel, adventure, and genuine exploration of the outdoors that we seek to facilitate here. His impressive travel resume, exceptional character, and dedication to ensuring Wolfe Creek Preserve remains a world class facility are only some of the reasons that he’s known as the man who’s been here since the beginning of time.

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