Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Vacation, part 1

Living in OK I am trying to make sure we try and do new things.  A popular vacation spot within driving distance for Oklahomans is Branson, MO.  I did some research and asked lots of people for recommendations.  We decided on Big Cedar Lodge just outside of Branson.  And it did NOT disappoint.  It was a beautiful resort spread out over at least 600 acres on Table Rock Lake.  There were over four different swimming areas, paddle boats, miniature golf, and tons of family friendly activities scheduled throughout each day like kids crafts, kids adventure camps, dive-in movies in the evenings, camp fires with s'mores every night.  I could go on forever.  Truth be told we never wanted to leave the resort.  We did drive into Branson and do a few "touristy" things, but that will be another post.  We had a fantastic time and my kiddos did NOT want to leave.  I think we have finally hit the age with them that vacation actually feels like a vacation and not work.  Paul and I had so much fun just playing with them.  It seemed magical!

We did a little sight seeing around the property when we arrived, since our room wasn't ready.  Sunday is a quiet day around Big Cedar.....most people checking out, newbies like us coming in.

 That's the "fishin" hole where they have the kids fishing in the am.  We'll be checking that out later.

Beautiful scenic view of the hills and Frosty's Ice cream trailer.  I know we'll be checking that out later.
 Out first morning we woke up Paul went for a run so the kids and I did more exploring. 

 The main registration lodge had some pretty cool stuff according to the kids.  The giant Lincoln Logs building table was a huge hit.

 The observatory was also cool, it overlooked the entire resort.  It had lots of facts about animals found in the Ozarks.  That was right up my Tyson's alley.

About time to head back and see if  Daddy is ready to hit the pool.

 They got side tracked by the craft table on the way to the pool.  Who can pass up sand art?

OK.  Now we're ready!

 The kids had their first pina colada......sans alcohol of course.

 Obviously it was well liked!
to be continued!

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