Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Monday, June 5, 2017

May 15-21, 2017 - Branson, MO - Attending RV Rallies

May 15 to 19, 2017 - Treasure Lake RV Resort, Branson, MO

We belong to the Escapees Chapter 17 that includes the states of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  From April to October each year we hold two rallies (April & September) and casual campouts the remaining months.

May's casual campout was originally scheduled at Pomme de Terre Lake at Hermitage, MO, however due to the excessive rains we've had in our region a good portion of the campground was still under water and a number of the reservations were cancelled by  Fellow members Vern and Joanne were the hosts for this campout and as soon as they learned the campout at Hermitage woud not work they stepped up and found us a new location at Treasure Lake RV Resort in Branson, MO.  A number of our SKP (Escapee) group own memberships at Treasure Lake so it ended up working out well for us to change the location -- even if it was at the last minute.

We had 9 rigs show up with 17 members.  A smaller group than normal but what a great time we had. Dean and I arrived shortly after noon on Monday, May 15.  After Dean backed Bentley in we checked out distances from electrical hookups, trees, etc. and everything looked great.  Before we unhooked Dean decided maybe he should straighten up a bit and move over slightly to give us more room to sit outside our door under the awning.  Pretty easy, and soon we had unhooked and ready to level up.  Hmmm....any idea what happened next?  Yes, that is when we realized by moving to give us more sitting room we were now too close to the electrical hookup - how did that happen?  Fortunately it didn't take but a few minutes to hook back up - thank goodness we had not leveled the entire rig yet.  We just had to move forward about a foot and then we were able to complete out setup for our stay here.

It didn't take long to finish leveling, put the slides out, and get things set up for our stay before we joined our SKP friends to catch up.  Gary and Connie were in a good spot for all of us to gather at their rig for the week to visit.  We appreciate them sharing their space with us for several days of good times with lots of laughs.

Our first night no one wants to cook, so Vern suggested we visit Godfather's Pizza.  He first introduced us to this place last fall.  Not only do they have an excellent pizza buffet, but they also have a very nice salad bar, American food bar with mashed potatoes/gravy, broasted chicken, vegetables, and mac and cheese, but also dessert pizzas, and breadsticks.  If they don't have the pizza you want, just ask them and they will make it for the buffet.  The price is excellent and if you watch for coupons you can get a buy one buffet and get the 2nd one for 1/2 off.   We tried a spinach/feta/chicken pizza that was delicious besides a number of other really good ones.  Everyone loved the chicken and the cinnamon bubble bread was a big hit as well.

We visited throughout the day - usually afternoons and evenings, giving everyone a chance to get out and do things around Branson if they chose.  Dean and Frank played golf one day so a few of us ladies did a little shopping at Tanger Mall and at the Grand Village shops.  Tuesday evening we had our potluck dinner.  Treasure Lake has a nice building we were able to use for our dinner.

So much great food, and we had enough left over we brought it back the next night to eat with hamburgers or hot dogs.  We never go hungry at campouts, that is for sure!

Wednesday night we planned to have a cookout in the large open shelter, however the wind came up so we were able to utilize the small building we had last night again.  Gary and Connie were kind enough to bring their grill up and everyone grilled their own meat dish.

Thursday all but three of our group packed up and went home due to the weather forecast.  That night the tornado sirens went off.  Two of our group went to the bathhouse near our rigs and the other couple went to the main building where they have a basement.  We did not have any bad weather at the resort, however Tanger Mall - not too far away had an EF-0 tornado that did a little damage to their signs and some roof damage.  They were still able to open on Friday for business.

Friday night the last 3 couples standing - Alvin, Linda, Keith, Drena and us gathered at Alvin and Linda's rig to grill our dinner.  Dean and I shared a ribeye steak.  It has been awhile since we've had a steak and it was delicious.  Afterwards we had a nice visit before returning to our rigs for the evening. It rained again all night but had cleared up by morning.

May 19, 2017
We were not in any rush this morning even though we are moving to a new location - it just happens to be about 7 miles south of Treasure Lake.

Bentley is a Heartland BigHorn.  The Missouri-Kansas Chapter of the Heartland Owners Club is holding their spring rally at Ozark Country Campground.  Once there we set up and enjoyed some lunch. There was a meet and greet at 3:00 at the clubhouse.  The National Heartland Rally starts in about 2 weeks at Goshen, IN.  Several HOC members attended this rally on their way to Goshen. There were folks from California, Utah, New Mexico, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma as well as from Kansas and Missouri.  The rally was great.  Larry and Gayle, KS/MO HOC leaders did a great job.

Our site B-4.

Lots of Heartland RV's lined up here!

It rained Friday night but no sirens - that is good!  Saturday we had to make a trip to Wal-Mart in order for me to make a couple of things for the pot luck we are having tonight.  I made cheesy hash brown potatoes and some triple chocolate brownies with pecans.  The potatoes were cleaned out and only 2 brownies left.  The food was all wonderful.  Afterwards we had a white elephant gift exchange.  These are always a lot of fun.  Being able to steal an opened gift from someone is what really makes it interesting.

Rain again Saturday night but a nice clear morning.  We had breakfast at the meeting room each morning on Sat and Sun.  Scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee.  Yum yum!  I tried not to eat too much but time will tell how well I really did!

After breakfast Sunday morning we finished hooking up and left the campground before 10 am.  The ride home was okay until we decided to take Highway 96 at Arvilla - only to find out that 96 is closed going into Carthage.  This resulted in us turning around and backtracking several miles to find out where we could turn around.  We finally arrived home at 1:45 pm.

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