Category Archives: Table Rock State Park

It’s Table Rock Time!

We are on the road at 7 a.m. and not even to the stop sign at the end of our street when I realize one thing (and, as it eventually turns out, the only thing) we have forgotten.  My sunglasses.  When we are spending a week at the lake.  The hottest, sunniest week of the year.  Being that it is the third year in a row that we have selected said hottest, sunniest week (we even managed it last year after spending two months’ in Hawaii), we contemplate getting jobs at the Farmers’ Almanac but they don’t appear to have any openings.  And we don’t turn around or stop for my glasses.

We roll into Hollister, MO in record time (about 4 hours later) just in time for lunch at Max’s favorite “fast food” – Subway!  We put gas in the RV and the and discover that not all gas stations carry cheap sunglasses.  So I take Max’s – pulling rank is one of the advantages of being the parent.  That, and I’m the boat driver.  Two points in my favor!

This first afternoon brings the standard menu of activities:  tubing, surfing and wakeboarding by Mike and some tandem surfing by Mike and Max.  The soundtrack courtesy of Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party and Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Happiness and All the Other Things.

Max + Mara on the tube

Mike + Max tandem surfing

Table Rock Lake – August 2010

Yes, we STILL did annual week’s vacation at Table Rock this year.  And, yes, it was about 10 days after we returned from Hawaii.  And, yes, we STILL managed to pick the hottest stinkin’ week of the summer to go.  A lake the temperature of bath water is not overly refreshing but we weren’t complaining…

After packing up our 60 feet of fun (the RV + the boat) we headed out and made great time all the way through Springfield and Branson.  Woo hoo!  We were just thinking about celebrating our uneventful trip down the highway when we pulled off the ramp to go to the state park and POW!  What the….

Umm…the exhaust fell off the generator.  Ya know what that means?  Yeah – me either…I do now.  It means NO A/C while driving.  Good thing we were close.  (And good thing it didn’t mean no A/C at all because that would have meant a hotel for at least me…remember that “hottest week of the year” part from earlier?).

Needless to say, we grabbed lunch in Subway (Max’s favorite) which had air and then headed out to Table Rock State Park.  Got in the Sunday line at the boat ramp and then got on the water…ahhhhhh.
Mike is thrilled to be on the water…
…and so are the kids!