Thursday was our last full day in Missouri. Daddy and Carter went mountain biking one last time on the only trail they hadn’t biked yet (although they took a wrong turn so they weren’t able to do the full loop).
Raine and I hiked the loop with Tucker.
That afternoon we went swimming and started to pack so that we could leave the next morning.
Tuesday we started the day with a little mountain biking. Raine “hates” biking, so she offered to stay at the condo with Tucker while Daddy, Carter, and I set off to the state park to ride the trails.
Being the newbs that we are, we didn’t realize that each trail had a different difficulty level… or that we just happened to select the most difficult trail!!! Luckily, there was a cut-through in the middle so we only had to do half of the loop.
Carter’s goal for our trip was to find a salamander, so he stopped to check every creek we crossed.
All he found was this little crayfish.
After making it out of the expert course, we headed over to an easier loop that promised a waterfall… I think this was it.
All that biking was exhausting! Somebody needed a snack.
He was a lot better when he finished than when he started!
Friday, June 19 we loaded up our rented pick-up truck and drove 7 hours to the Westgate Branson Lakes Resort on Table Rock Lake, just outside Branson, Missouri. Grandma and Grandpa Anderson had a “bonus week” through their timeshare that we used to rent our condo for next to nothing.
Saturday we walked around Emerald Point and picked up some milk and eggs for breakfast from the marina store. The remainder of the day we spent kayaking and swimming in the lake. The water level was about 15 feet above normal and came up into the trees in front of the condo so we went down to the marina where the trees had been cleared.
We thought Tucker hated water, so we were shocked when he headed straight into the lake and plopped down. He swam non-stop.
By the time we got back to the condo, he was exhausted. Fortunately, we had a screened patio where he could dry off and nap.
Raine and Carter vegged at the condo while Daddy and I ran to the local grocery store to pick up food for the week so that we could socially distance as much as possible on our vacation. We were glad that we did when we heard about a COVID-19 breakout at a restaurant in Branson!