Sunday, July 15, 2007

our latest road trip to Lake of the Ozarks

Some of the best motorcycle roads in Missouri are in the Lake-of-the-Ozarks area; this is the part of the country where Cliff's mom and dad were born and raised, so he has relatives throughout the area.  On the way down yesterday we stopped by Aunt Gertrude's and took pictures of a white Honda Gold Wing her son, Cliff's cousin, wants to sell; I'm going to put it on Craigslist for him and see what happens.

We spent a tourist-y afternoon and evening in Osage Beach, Missouri.  I got myself a couple of marked-down bargain souvenirs at a T-Shirt shop near where we were staying, and I managed to talk Cliff into joining me in the motel swimming pool, since nobody else was using it.

Heading back toward home this morning, we arrived at his cousin's house at 7:30 AM; Juanita was up, but Wayne was still in bed.  They seemed to be glad to see us, in spite of our arriving so early.

Son-in-law Kevin was barbecuing today, and we got back in plenty of time to enjoy his superb skills.  Rachel did well with the marinades and side dishes, too.  And her mother-in-law made Ree's recipe for bacon-wrapped jalapeƱo thingies.   I can't tell you how great those were, and my stomach is still much too full because of them.  It's Rachel's fault:  I ate the last two as a favor to her because she wanted to wash the platter.  It's the sort of supreme sacrifice a mother makes for her baby girl.

Now Cliff is contentedly playing... er, uh, working on a lawn mower in his shop. 

Life is good.

16 comments:

amy122389 said...

cool setup with the cooler!  that's neat!

that is one chunky cat!  oh my gosh...lol...

~Amy

marainey1 said...

With trips like that you have the best of both worlds.  Sounds like a wonderful weekend.  'On Ya' - ma

fmgruber said...

That shop is disgustingly to clean and neat. Now if I may make a few suggestions...............................

geocachelinda66 said...

Sounds like a nice trip!  Linda

ktkamanski said...

So happy to hear you had a great time - love those kind of trips. Thank you for sharing! Hope your tomorrow is a happy one!
Katie

lanurseprn said...

Enjoyed the pics. That lake sure is nice! You are so lucky to be able to take off on the motorcycle like you do! I would love that!! You've got everything....a horse...a cow....a motorcycle....a cabin....can I be you for a week??
Pam

ksquester said...

I knew those stuffed jalapenos would be wonderful but my tummy can't take them.  I think that cat ATE the other cats tail. Now THAT is a fat cat!   Anne

fowfies said...

By the pictures and descriptions I would say y'all had a great day out and about.  Glad you had a wonderful weekend. :)

ickivic said...

Great pictures as always,You and Cliff have such a nice life.  I love your animals and trips.  The scenery in Missouri is beautiful.

zosche973 said...

Sounds like a great trip Mosie! Love the pix of the cats & doggy too! Always wanted to visit Missouri, cause my grama was born and rasised there in St. Joesph, and I remember her always pronouncing it missour-A, the proper way!
And the Ozarks were always fasinating to me! It's gourgous country! Have a good time-post more pictures-we love it! Hows Blue? ~Diane~

randlprysock said...

I want to visit Missouri so bad... Laura Ingalls lived in the Ozarks and you know I am such a huge fan.  Hugs,
Lisa

ora4uk said...

Oh the things we do for our children to make them happy LOLOL....your trip sounded great as well as the pic...hugs from KY....Ora

lorinokla said...

Yes, life is good. I LOVE summer!

Once when I took a road trip out to OK before I made the big move in '89, I traveled off the interstate and went thru Lk of the Ozarks.

I remember it being gorgeous country. One day I plan on seeing it again but at my leisure

luvmort said...

I coming to eat!

layla44808 said...

Sounds like a great ride..Love the cooler attached to the bike...
Sheri

plieck30 said...

You have everything on that cycle but a bed. Looks neat too. I like that fat cat. Paula