Next step? They bought the cabin! No more tents, no more fifth-wheeler, but still a place to go every weekend to enjoy The Lake. I remember I was 10-yrs-old when we bought the cabin. It was a very quiet and peaceful day when the realtor showed us the cabin. The couple who had owned it previous to us had passed away. It was the original cabin in the area called The Golden Acres. One time, dad had to pull a wall out to fix the plumbing and you could actually still see the logs from the original log cabin - it's pretty neat.
A year or two after mom and dad bought the cabin is when Randy & Nancy started coming down. For many years the 12 of us would vacation together for two weeks there - wonderful memories! These days, all of us cousins have grown up, gotten married, and had kids of our own. In total this year we will have 25 people down there for the week. Some come and go ,but for the most part we all try to stay as long as we can - sweet memories are hard to let go of! How do we all fit into the tiny little cabin? We don't - mom and dad built a barn/garage for the boats a few years ago and added sleeping space above it.
The lake is technically a reservoir of the Osage River. There are two damns in the Osage river basin which create two lakes - The Lake of the Ozarks is created by Bagnell Damn and Truman Lake is created by Truman Damn. The Lake of the Ozarks is 92 miles long, with mile marker 1 starting at Bagnell Damn and mile marker 92 ending at Truman Damn. Our cabin is at the 78 mile marker, much closer to Truman than Bagnell. We spend our days fishing, swimming, boating, 4-wheeling, hiking, and whatever else suits our fancy. My particular favorite is floating on a raft in the cove - there is nothing better!
No time to waste - The Lake is waiting!