Max and Mara on another adventure. This time down the trail that goes around the lake. I can’t tell if Max is tired or purposely hunching over in direct attempt to become a hunch back as he gets older.
Btw, I walked/ran this trail a couple of days later in 100 degree heat. Those distances listed are a LIE. Each section is at TWICE that length. I am sure this is a dirty trick that the park folks do just to laugh at the visitors.
What’s a hike without a BIG rock to climb up on and pose?
Who knew we had cactus in Missouri? Back to my earlier comment… I think it is cool that kids see all the small ‘special’ things that so many of us as adults look right past.
Max and mara post breakfast in the RV. Ready for another adventure on the lake or likely trying to talk mom and dad into another game of poker or blackjack. Not sure if anyone is buying it but I justify our card games and penny betting as a great way to practice math and logic in a ‘fun’ way.
Seems to work great until they go to school and want to play cards for money. For some reason the school does not think this is such a great idea….
Every afternoon included a stop at Danna’s Boathouse for lunch. Can you tell that we have been on the water for almost a week now? If you are ever in the Branson, MO or Table Rock area, check out Danna’s BBQ. Really good food backed by great service at reasonable prices.
As you can see by our ‘white’ faces, all of us were doing our best to keep a fresh coat of suntan lotion on. Each day was ~ 100 degrees and sun (awesome!) but that required frequent re-application of 50 SPF to keep from frying.
This is the carp feeding spot at the Marina. Who knew fish liked ‘spit’ so well. Max was proud of how far he could spit and was up to challenging anyone around to show them he could spit farther.
Max and me out taking a ride. Back when Mara and Max were both three years old we set up the rig shown here so I could be out in the water with them to help them get up. As you will see in future pics, Mara has moved past needing dad out there with her but Max still kind of likes the company.
Max of course is being his usual ham self.
For those who might have kids that are yet to learn to ski, I would highly suggest one of the ski trainers (can be bought at Overtons, Barts, eBay, etc. for ~ $ 100). They are a full proof way to get kids up quick and get the acquanted with the water. Special thanks for Brian Finzen giving me the heads up on this concept years ago!