The wife and I spent an extended weekend near Branson, MO with my best friend and his wife. It was a good time in spite of the monsoon that took place Thursday night through late Saturday. While not my home town, I was Home for the few days we were there.
I grew up going there almost every year until I was 16. Then after that, not as frequently, but still going every few years or so until about 10 years ago. Wow, I had not been there for almost 10 years. I’m so happy I went back. Great memories were created there, and more were added.
We stayed in a small cabin/house at my long-time choice place to stay while there, Cottage Resort. It’s on Indian Point of Tablerock Lake. It’s been there for well over 50 years (my parents were already staying there annually the year I was born). I love that place. The cabins aren’t much, but they are clean and maintained. They have 2 bedrooms, and recent upgrades include a 2nd bathroom and a screened-in porch. The porch was a fantastic addition. We sat outside a lot even during the thunderstorms on Friday.
We got to do a little fishing. We didn’t catch much, but we all caught at least a couple of fish. Just sitting on the lake shore and enjoying the area, though, was more than enough. The Ozark Mountains are – in my opinion – hands down, the most underrated place to see in the U.S. If I could get all my life ducks in a row, I would very happily live somewhere around there.
We went to Silver Dollar City. It was fun… and expensive. The place has changed some over the near half-century I’ve been going, but there are things that have not changed, either. I’ll just say that some things are better if they don’t change. SDC is a cool place to see. The craftsmen are the highlight for me. But it’s a theme park and there’s plenty to do and see for adults and kids. It’s very family friendly. Again, I have been there many, many times over the 40+ years I’ve existed on this planet, and with the exception of a very few bad experiences with crowds, I’ve always enjoyed going there.
Best of all, though, was the company I kept over the weekend. When I’m hanging with my best buddy, it’s always a great time. We stayed in on Friday and played games and talked. I would argue that it was likely the best part of the whole extended weekend for me. We just… had a good time. I can’t wait until the next thing like that comes along. I will also make sure that one of those things will be returning to Cottage Resort on Tablerock Lake…