Monday, November 11, 2013

Visiting Duck Commander

If you live in the USA you've probably been hearing a lot about Duck Dynasty the popular TV show  on A&E.  It's basically about the lives of the Robertson family.  They're live in West Monroe, LA and own Duck Commander, which is the family business.  It all started with the dad making duck calls in a little storage building on their property and now it's a multi-million dollar business.  Our family likes the show because it's good clean (often muddy and messy) but still clean fun.  No cursing, sleeping around, drugs, etc. we love it because we never have to worry about what our children might hear.  They are HILARIOUS at least they are too us...I've heard that others don't care for them but that's ok the show isn't for everyone.
The last week of October 2013 we were headed back to vacation in Orange Beach, AL with our friends the Schnable's.  We had such a great time last year at the Sand Box that we decided to head back again this year.  We were not disappointed, beauty abounds in Orange Beach and the surrounding area.
  Typically, we head through Memphis, TN and then on down to Mobile, AL and over to Orange Beach but this year we were trying to figure out a route that would take us past some Civil War sites in the South.  We're studying the Civil War for history in homeschool and wanted to take advantage of any type of historical sites along the way.  As I was researching I found that Vicksburg has a top rated Military Park and was a pivotal turning point during the Civil War.  It just so happens that  West Monroe, LA is only about an hour from Vicksburg and added about 35 minutes onto our drive if we planned everything just right we might be able to see both on our drive down.
We put 117 Kings Lane, West Monroe, LA into our GPS and away we went.  When we arrived at Duck Commander we were surprised that it's just right off the highway and down at the end of a street with a giant parking lot!  We'd been warned that sometimes the line wraps around the building and you have to wait hours just to get into the showroom.  Since we arrived on a Thursday that wasn't the case at all.  Only about 50 people were walking around the showroom and the grounds of Duck Commander.  Of course we had to take pictures under the famous sign!
Here's our family shot.

We were so excited to look around.  We're almost certain that this is one of the wives because she kept her head down and just kept walking to her SUV across the street, but we didn't see any of the Robertson men.


The kids got pics with the cardboard cutouts, it was the closest we got to the "stars" of the show.

 We saw the world's largest duck call.

The loading dock that the guys flooded in one of the first seasons of  Duck Dynasty.

The huge Duck Dynasty trailer.  We were only there for about 35-40 minutes and then we headed for Vicksburg but we realized we wouldn't make it before closing time at the Military Park so we headed on to Mobile, AL and the USS Alabama Battleship!  Look for my post about it in the next couple of days.

Who's your favorite Duck Dynasty character?  Mine is Jace and Miss them both.  Kenzie's is Si, Jace and Sadie,  Kylan's is Jep and Kevin's is Si.

I also really like Sadie Robertson, the teenage daughter of Willie and Kori.  She's a wonderful example for other young teenage girls, she started a video devotional that Kenzie and I have been watching.  You can tune in each Monday night for a new devotional on her YouTube channel I Am Different.  She is also developing a modest clothing line...say WHAT?  Modest is hard to find!  We search high and low for modest shorts and shirts for Makenzie and it's tough to find.  If you notice in the above picture her shorts are much shorter than she would like to wear but we can't seem to find longer shorts.
Thanks for reading,

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