Riding out the Storm
Trip Start Jun 15, 2012
25Trip End Sep 17, 2012
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was one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and the largest in the
United States, spanning some 55,000 acres with some 1,150 miles of
shoreline. If you look at it on a map,
you will discover it is not one large body of water but more like a river
snaking back and forth with lots of fingers jutting off here and there. Its serpentine shape has also given it the
nickname “Magic Dragon”. Before we
arrived, we discussed renting a boat and spending a few hours exploring but
Wendell said I’d have to take my cell phone and let the “blue ball” on our
Google Maps guide us home or we’d never find our way back
As it turned out, the weather was not going to be
conducive to boating. Hurricane Isaac,
after making landfall in New Orleans, turned into a tropical depression and was
heading this way with lots of rain forecast for the next few days. With that in mind, we drove to a nearby city
after we registered at the camp and got the RV into our site. We wanted to get gas and groceries so we
would have everything we needed if the storm was indeed coming as
The rains came in the night. I’m not sure what time but I
know it was after 2 a.m. There was very
little wind that we could feel and no thunder that we heard
downpour for a very long time. I didn’t
stay up to keep track of it, instead letting the sound of raindrops on the roof
lull me back to sleep.
Friday morning dawned with still more rain but not as
heavy as during the night. I’m not sure
if there was ever a time during the day that the rain ceased. If so, I didn’t notice. Mostly, you could say we had lots of heavy
drizzle interspersed with an occasional shower.
Wendell and I both wanted to see the movie, 2016, so I checked and found
a theater about 30 miles from us in Osage Beach and made plans to drive over
for a late afternoon matinee. It was
still raining when we left but we found our way and got inside the theater
without getting more than a few raindrops on us
enlightening. If you haven’t had the
chance to see it, please do. Just don’t
expect a happy ending.
When we arrived at camp, there was only two other
trailers in the camp. But prospects of better
weather soon filled the full hookup spaces on Saturday. Sunday’s weather was better and I guess
everyone was out on the lake. I was
staying inside fighting a sore throat and laryngitis. My voice alternated somewhere between squeaks
and a bull frog. My Kindle and I most of
the day on the sofa and Wendell didn’t venture too far himself. He did call the Rec Center and found out boats
would be available on Monday
goodness I was feeling better and the day was very warm without a cloud in the sky. We donned our swimsuits, packed a picnic
lunch, and headed for the dock to board our pontoon boat with its 115 hp
motor. The Army is a little more liberal
than most of the Air Force camps; they didn’t even make us sit through a
boating safety demonstration. We
meandered around the many fingers of the lake and found a quiet cove to have
our lunch under the protection of the canopy.
The radio had said the water temperature was 79 degrees but it sure
didn’t feel that warm so neither of us stayed in very long. Leaving the cove, we spent several hours
weaving in and out and around the many boaters and jet skiers on the lake, but
the breeze was pleasant and we both enjoyed our excursion. By the way, we did use the blue ball on
Google maps to navigate.
Tomorrow, we’ll leave the Lake of the Ozarks Recreation
Area behind and drive to Carthage, MO.
We visited the area briefly a few years ago while escorting a bus full
of “senior citizens” to Branson. We
stopped at Carthage to tour the Precious Moments Chapel and see the Dancing
Waters show. I haven’t investigated
other attractions but if I find some, I’ll surely tell you about them.