I woke to a beautiful morning at 5:30. The day before we left Oswego to arrive here in Osceola, the Weather Channel report for the week was rain almost daily. Fortunately it changed and we've been blessed with very nice weather. The park is very shaded in the northern part where most of us were parked. We've had a decent breeze most of the time. I finished writing the blog for yesterday, however I needed to download a picture from Dean's phone. Before I could get that done, Dean and I decided to take a walk. Picture overload is coming - making up for the past few days!
|Part of our group - located across from the clubhouse.|
|As we walked back from the highway we passed the back of the clubhouse where we've had our meals.|
|Part of our group, across the road from us.|
|The park office and another meeting room to the north.|
|The loop to turn around and return to the campground, after checking in at the office.|
|Bathhouse to the left and small rental cabin to the right|
|A cabin rental|
|Another cabin rental|
|The Cedar Creek Row|
|Menu - we are going to try out the Breakfast Burrito tomorrow before we leave, if they open early enough.|
|Storm Shelter on site, you enter the door and go downstairs|
|Our meeting area for the week|
Between 9:30-10:30 most everyone had moved their chairs under Alvin and Linda's canopy or to the shaded area around it for a morning visit. We have a plan for this afternoon. At noon, we rode with Alvin and Linda to the nearby towns of Osceola and Collins, MO. We bypassed Collins for now, driving to Osceola where we made a couple of stops, with the first being a flea market near Osceola, MO. Linda was looking for fabric, and was successful. Dean and I just enjoyed walking through and looking. It was a very nice and interesting place. We enjoy going to flea markets.
Our next stop was at the Osceola Cheese Store. There was so much to choose from. We bought a package of white cheddar cheese curds and a bag of caramel puffs.
After we paid and were heading back to Alvin's truck I received a text message from Drena letting us know they were at Smith's Restaurant in Collins, MO, a few miles back down the road. I told them we were headed that way. Smith's was worth the stop! WOW!
I couldn't believe it when they set my meal in front of me!
|Dean's patty melt and french fries.|
|peanut butter pie|
|Dean getting ready to eat his peach cobbler with 2 scoops of ice cream, Linda behind him checking out the desserts.|
We waddled out of Smith's. We would not hesitate to stop here again. They had an amazing menu and everyone was very happy with their meal, and their desserts!
|One of the waitresses took our picture|
L side: Keith, Drena, Linda, Don, Mike, Alvin
R side: Dean, Me, Sally, Ross, Maryann, Linda
We had one last stop to make before we returned to the campground. That was Gordon's Crossing - a fruit and vegetable stand. I don't know how I could even feel hungry after that meal and dessert, but when I saw those beautiful red tomatoes I knew we had to get a few, as well as some peaches, a cucumber and a zuchinni squash. Before we left we agreed to share a small watermelon with Alvin & Linda.
The ride back to the campground was about 10 miles and it was getting hard for me to stay upright - I was so sleepy from all that food. We returned to our rig and I promptly fell asleep for at least an hour, maybe longer. It's now 6:30 and no one is stirring, but I expect we'll gather again this evening for an hour or two since it is our last night here.
It was around 7 when everyone started walking over to Alvin & Linda's site and before long we had everyone present.
We've had a great time, as we always do with this group. We were fortunate to have three new couples join us. We enjoyed their company!