You’ve already seen a bit of our Table Rock Lake vacation in the Last Round of Phone Photography Project photos and a whole day of the trip in July’s Day in the Life. I wanted to share some more here, for your enjoyment hopefully, but mostly because I’ll refer back to this post when I’m documenting the trip in a few weeks. (I’m big on getting the photos and words down asap and then pulling it all together whenever.)
Jake’s dad and step-mom go to Table Rock lake, which is in our state of Missouri about 4 hours away, every summer. Jake’s dad has an awesome old boat, and they stay in a condo for a week and enjoy it. We’ve gone on this vacation with them tons of times, but this is the first time we’ve gone since Jonas has been born.
Eliza went with them for the whole week. She rode down with the Anderson crew without Jake, Jonas and I Saturday. (Jake’s older brother Nick and his girlfriend Krista went down over the weekend, so we worked out to arrive as they were leaving because there’s not enough room on the boat for everybody. As the family grows, us older kids are gonna have to suck it up and shell out to rent a boat.)
We left early Tuesday. The goal was to leave about 6AM, but it ended up a half an hour later. This was fine by me, because it meant that the coffeeshop in our neighborhood was open. Latte! Jake drove the whole time, and we listened to music, talked, and I planned DLW stuff, texted Allie a lot, and read too. Jonas was good the entire four hours (this was his first vacation). It was good planning to drive during his snuggly hours. He snacked most of the time and requested song changes some, but mostly he was quiet.
Most of the drive is boring, but some of it is beautiful. When we got close to the lake, it was hills and trees all around. It started raining, and we were a bit worried we brought the bad weather with us.
We got in somewhere around 10:00, dragged our stuff in, ate food, and hung out with our family. We were super happy to see Eliza; we’d missed her over the past few days (especially Jonas). The rain died down, thank goodness, and we said our goodbyes to Nick and Krista and packed up for a day on the boat. Rita, Jake’s step-mom and aka Abba to the kids, made about 30 little sandwiches, because she’s awesome.
The kids loved watching the fish and turtles in the clear water on the dock.
I also love how sweet Jake’s little brother Corbin and his girlfriend Kati are in the background there. Adorable unintentional capture.
I was so thankful Jonas didn’t fight having a life jacket on. He thought it made him look like a superhero, thank goodness.
I love all of the boating rules and routines for things like docking and taking off and putting down your anchor. I’m totally oblivious to those things (I can tie no boat knots), but I think it would be fun to have Jake write some of it down.
Jonas was obsessed with fish the whole time, so it was hard to get him from looking over the boat when we were moving (someone always had a death grip on him while the boat was moving). Tickling was a good distraction.
We chilled out for most of the day at Cow’s Cove, where it is calm and serene. Table Rock Lake isn’t one big circle: it has twists and turns and coves and you can’t see much of it at once. The lake is artificial, made from a flooded river with a dam, and it looks more like a super wide river than a lake. Except it’s still.
Some photos not included: we met up in Cow’s Cove with Uncle Stan and Aunt Lynn, and Jake and Corbin went to pick up Maddie and Bernie (their cousins) in the boat while the rest of us hung out in the lake or on Stan and Lynn’s boat. I’m pretty sure there was some tubing somewhere in there.
We stayed out till dusk and watched the sun set.
Then back to the condo for dinner, showers, lazing about, reading, electronics, and (for me) running.
And got back to the dock at dusk. You can see the condos we were staying in at the upper left of the photo.
Wednesday was documented in Day in the Life, but an important note before we move on to Thursday is that Jonas knocked Jake’s glasses in the lake. So everything far away was just blurry color blobs to him (though he could use the camera on his phone to look farther). We considered going home, but Jake decided he could tough it out.
Thursday morning was lazy. Tim and I fought with the Internet, which was super spotty, a bit on the balcony to read our morning news. Jonas got banned from the balcony because he sneakily threw stuff over it. Rita cooked us breakfast (so thankful that she does so much work for us on HER vacation), there was TV watching and video game playing and toys inside, and Jake and I packed up the car so we could leave as soon as we were back from the boat for the day.
We got out earlier than usual so Jake, Jonas, and I could spend more time on the boat, since we wanted to be back at the dock around five so we could head home and not get back to Kansas City too late.
Also, this photo is an example of why you shouldn’t take photos when the sun is in your subjects’ eyes. Better than no photo, though.
We stopped to rent a wake board, because Corbin and Jake were super excited about it.
We stopped at a different cove and hung out with Stan and Lynn. We made a fort for Jonas so he’d take a nap. Eliza had to get in there with him at first so he’d think it was cool. I did a lot of reading, Eliza and I went to shore and found some rocks for her collection, Jonas was super duper grumpy when he woke up from his nap. Stan and Lynn love to fish, so Jonas was excited to get to hold one of thier worms. He kissed it, and made me kiss it too. Yep. Kissed a worm.
We left Eliza with Rita on Stan and Lynn’s boat (Jonas did NOT want to leave her. “My Zighza! I want my Ziiiiighzaaaa!!!”) and did some wake boarding, making our way back to the dock. Jake was a natural, Corbin got it after a while, and I could not get up out of the water. I maintain that I could have if we’d had more time, but I went last and we had to get back.
Tim, Corbin, and Kati dropped us off at the dock and Jonas wistfully said goodbye to the ducks and turtles.
I drove home, and we got home late. We went pretty much straight to bed so we’d be well rested to pick my friend Jessica up from the airport the next day!
I’m planning on recording this trip in my Project Life and another format: I don’t let tons of vacation documentation overwhelm me!
If you need some Inspiration for your Vacation, Allie and I help you decide to put where to put where you go in our new ebook and community. We’ve got tips for using different systems–traditional layouts, photo books, pocketed pages, and mini books–as well as tons of inspirational projects for each system, including a project from a past Table Rock Lake trip!