Monday, June 13, 2011

Ozark Vacation

Inside our Rustic Log Cabin
For vacation I wanted the kids to experience the Ozarks like I did when I was kid.   While some things always change, the essentials can remain the same.  I remember camping, staying in a cabin, and staying at a lodge.  After much research I picked this air conditioned "rustic" log cabin for our abode.  The a/c was for my husband, but the pioneer type cabin was for me and the boys.  We've been reading the Little House on the Prairie series and I thought they'd get a real kick out of an authentic cabin.

I loved sitting out on the porch in the morning and at the end of the day.
We were "down in a holler".  In fact, we could hear Silver Dollar City's evening show across the way.  The trip up the hill to the bathroom was strenuous and inconvenient, but lovely.  Luckily, there was enough honest to goodness woods around us you could just go around behind the cabin if you were so inclined.  The boys loved it.

Our cabin didn't come with a kitchenette, but we ate a continental breakfast at the picnic table, and we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows in the fire pit.  (By the third night my husband was done with hot dogs).  We did have sandwich makings and plenty of snacks for alternatives.

The pool had way to much chlorine - it actually bleached the boys swim trunks out.  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  When I talked to them about it at the front desk she said they check it everyday, but I think they maintained it at too high a level.  The boys got a few chlorine skin burns too.
After a full day of Silver Dollar City and swimming the boys would spend a long time around the campfire.  The first day our ds gathered sticks for us.

This raccoon scared the heck out of me one day when I came back to the cabin by myself, I walked in and took a swig of my soda pop - and there was an animal in the rafters right above me...My heart skipped a beat until I realized it was fake.
The wasp I killed the day before in our cabin was all too real.
My morning view


  1. Hi Lisa, Gosh my boys and I did the same thing when they were young. In fact, it looks just like the place we stayed at, when we did the cabin thingie...we mostly camped tho. We camped at the Silver Dollar City Camp Ground or across the street at Compton Ridge. Wonderful memories!!! The last few years I've been taking my grandaughter down we stay at a nice hotel..grammie simply isn't up to the heat, the walk to the bathroom, or shared/dorm style showers. My sister and I are just starting to plan our trip down there. I sure hope you all have tons of fun. It's a wonderful get-a-way...

  2. The place we stayed is called the Wilderness, but I think it used to be the Silver Dollar City Camp Ground! They have a shuttle over to Silver Dollar City. And I did see Compton ridge. My boys would love to camp, but my husband was more into ac. The Pioneer Cabin was their only cabin without the bathroom, the others come with bathrooms.