Cliff and I had discussed taking a road trip to the Branson area, but it all depended on getting the hay in... and of course, on the weather.
The hay was put up by Friday evening (Cliff had spoken for a vacation day Friday, and another one for Monday). So Saturday morning we took Sadie to the veteranarian's office for boarding, came back home, and left on the motorcycle.
Osceola is almost half-way to Branson, and we were ready for lunch. So we stopped at the cheese place, ate our fill of samples, and bought a couple packages of tasty, albeit over-priced, cheese. Cliff chose sharp cheddar; my pick was a delightful smoky habanero, which set me back $3.69 for less than a half-pound. Oh, but it's SO good. And hot. I sat on the curb to eat my lunch. Cliff stood because after all, he said, he'd been sitting for two hours. Then we went back inside the cheese place for small ice cream cones.
We didn't stay in Branson proper this time, since we didn't plan to do any of the music shows or other tourist traps on the "76 Strip". We went to Kimberling City, where there's a wide choice of lakeside resorts; all of them offer their off-season rates now.
The first one, Edgewater Villa, really impressed me, and if we'd had others with us or had planned to go fishing, that's where we would have stayed. With tax, it would have been $62 a night. The cabins were light and bright, with spotless kitchens. I took one of their cards, because under the right circumstances, it will be the place of choice.
Then I asked the lady there how to find Cedarwood Resort, which I'd discovered on the Internet, and knew to be cheaper. She was kind enough to draw us a map, and we drove right to it.
When the owner there showed us a cabin, we could immediately see why this place was cheaper. It must be at least fifty years old, and the rooms were rather dark because of the paneling. However, it was as clean as the other place, and it did save us $24 over the course of two nights. (Can you tell this trip was done on a budget?) We've decided we much prefer resorts to motels, when given the choice. We like preparing our own meals most of the time, even though that often consists nothing more than a salad. Dishes, utensils, pots and pans were all provided.
We hope to take some grandchildren down sometime, perhaps rent a pontoon boat, and do some fishing and swimming. Ideally we'd go with both our children and all our grandchildren, but with my son in far away in Georgia and everybody so tied-up to their jobs, I don't see that happening.