Laid Back at the Lake

It’s a sweaty jungle of swamp-tastic humidity outside today. All I want to do it is this…

This was us at the Lake of the Ozarks last year. It was Teddy’s first leash-free lake experience, and he loved it. Actually, love doesn’t even begin to describe how he must have felt about that lake trip. I imagine he’d chalk it up to being trapped in a room filled wall to wall with steak, a box full of stuffed toys he could rip to pieces and a magic dispenser that would release a bushy-tailed squirrel every hour for his chasing, retrieving and destroying pleasure.

What? Did somebody say steak?!

Anyway, in St. Louis, nothing says summer like a trip to the lake. (Note that when I say “the lake”, that 9 times out of 10 means “the Lake of the Ozarks” — even though there are many other lakes within driving distance that you could visit during the summer in St. Louis. It’s just one of those things you know once you’ve lived here long enough.) And with all the hotness going on outside, the lake is definitely on my mind. It’s about a three-hour drive from St. Louis, located in central Missouri. There are tons of nature-esque things to do down there, and the shopping outlets are pretty good too. But if you’re like us and want to get the most value out of your lake house, you kind of just…

Hang out on the deck.

Grill some grub.

Swim off the dock.

Do a puzzle. (Yes, we really did do one last year. Although we didn’t have enough time to finish it.)

Drink a beer. (My chick beer of choice.)

Watch the sun set.

Catch some zzzz’s.

And if you’re like my dad, take lots and lots of pictures, so that your daughter can post them on her blog!

That’s our laid-back way of doing the lake. Sometimes it’s absolutely incredible doing absolutely nothing. And loving it. The good news is we have a lake trip planned right around the corner. So here’s to doing just that in just a few weeks!

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