By the time we got there, the campground was full. Not the end of the world. It was still quite early in the day, so I checked the Woodall's and found a nearby RV park on the White River that had open spaces. It worked out wonderfully at the end of the day. The park was quite open and Craig was able to get the World Cup game.
The big river was the draw for most of the parks occupants. Most were fly fishermen and we watched them wading in the river in their long rubber pants.
On one side of the park there was a small pond that had water lilies galore. They were not blooming yet, but I bet they are gorgeous when they do.
I love clouds! I put my love of the sky aside for many years while living in California. In summer we had clear sunny weather from May to October. When we did have storms in the winter, the sky would just get overcast and gray. Every once in a while we would have some good thunder-clouds, but I rarely could see them from our house. Not much of a sky view.
As we have traveled thru Arkansas and Missouri, we have had thunderstorms almost every night. The mornings have started clear, and the big white clouds have built up thru the afternoon. Love it!
On Sunday, we had a nice, uneventful drive to The Lake of the Ozark State Park. Craig had picked out the spot after considering the park campground map and Google Earth close up. There are 181 sites. 177 of them are in the trees. He managed to find one of the four that had a clear view of the sky!
Here we have a very happy Craig, enjoying World Cup soccer.
We also went for a short evening walk around the campground and down to the lakeshore, which was just beyond the trees.
Monday morning I finally did it. I got up at 5:30am and took a walk. It was damp, but quite cool. When I started out, everyone was asleep, but as the sun rose a few of the tent campers emerged and got their breakfasts started. It had rained quite hard overnight, and I spoke with one guy who had had his tent cave in. His story made me very happy we lived in the Alfa!
I didn't walk far, maybe a mile, and was back home in an hour. Craig didn't know I'd been gone.
We weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves. We don't have a boat or the desire to swim in the lake. The day was quite overcast and we thought it might rain. I think we are still in the "vacation" mode, and want to make the most of our days. We decided to go to one of the four "show" caves in the area. I chose the one that has guided tours, as opposed to one that is only accessible to spelunkers with special equipment. The Cave of the Ozarks is state owned and the electric lighting has been removed. The ranger-led tours are by lantern light. It was cool and interesting. Every cave we have been to has been different.
I wanted to get up early again on Tuesday, but when I woke, I felt so relaxed and comfy I just didn't want to.
Freedom! Freedom to get up or not!
But ... just before 7:00 I heard, "Come on wife, get up, let's go for a hike...". Craig was up and getting dressed.
We drove to a place where we saw a trail-head sign. It was for a 3 mile walk into a "wild" area. The sign informed us the trail was unmaintained, rough, with rocks, unbridged streams, and fallen trees over the path. Sounded like a challenge we would enjoy.
And we did. This downed tree was almost to big for me to get over, but I did.
3+ miles was just right. By the time we returned to the car it was starting to get pretty warm. After showers and yummy orange cinnamon rolls for breakfast, we spent the rest of the day staying cool in the coach watching soccer and reading. With all the blinds up on the shade side, I watched the deer grazing in the next site.
I also got started on downloading filling out the forms we need to complete for our change of residence to South Dakota. Not fun, but necessary.
How are you spending these hot days of summer?