Skywatch Friday – Vacation Edition

This week I didn’t know if I was going to be able to post a Skywatch Friday post. Our son is going back to school soon and we wanted to give him some sort of vacation after his summer of taking Spanish classes online (three hours a day, four days a week of Zoom, ouch, I hate zoom), working hard at Loews Hardware, and socially isolating during this resurgence of Covid in a state that is not doing anything it about in order to maintain “freedom and justice for all.” (Yes, literally the state is doing nothing at all.)

So we said goodbye to our worthless cats and incredulous dogs.

Loaded up the car like the Okies we are and headed to Branson, Missouri. (Aka, the “Baptist Las Vegas”) to stay at a cabin for fun and social isolation. No shows, no, Silver Dollar City, no elbow to elbow jostling with anybody, cook most of our own meals and go at off times and eat outside when we do go out to eat.

This cabin had some strict rules. Most cabins have don’t type rules, this cabin had “do” rules. We liked these rules, what about you?


The first day we went kayaking. It doesn’t get more socially distant than this.


So we went here, there, and everywhere in the cove of the place we were staying.


So we have done a ton of reading, hanging out at the swimming pool, and just kind of in general chillaxing.

We made one trip into the “Belly of the Beast” Branson Landing which is pretty much deserted. Taney County, which includes Branson has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the county, about 30% according to the state. I’m like wow! A city so dependent on outside visitors is doing everything they can to discourage travelers. Their brand new mayor is actually proud of their anti public health stance. What are we doing here!! We walked up and down the deserted area without entering any of the places that were open. Personally, I think they would be smart to get ahead of the issue instead of sticking their head in the sand.

Back in our bubble!! They skies are pretty cool. I tried to fly my drone but the cabin in in a no fly zone for some reason. Probably because we are so close to the lake.

Cabin internets are highly variable and I didn’t think that I would be able to post from there so I set Skywatch Friday up in advance and thought well I’ll just post when I get home but it turns out it is blazingly fast. So I am linking up with Skywatch Friday. Come join us!!

21 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Vacation Edition

  1. Nancy Chan

    A great vacation choice. I love the cabin “do” rules. That is the type of vacation I desire. Lovely weather for kayaking. Lovely sky. Enjoy your vacation.

  2. Alana

    Nice place to chillax in; too bad it was in the belly of the beast, so to speak. You did just what you needed to do and those cabin rules are just right for my way of thinking. Here in New York, we are getting a new governor next week so there’s some uncertainty about what’s going to happen once she is in charge.

  3. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Greetings and Salutations! Where did the summer go? We have about two more weeks of humid hot weather here and then September comes with cooler days and nights. What a relief that will be. Did you board the cats and dog? Cabins are noted for reading, enjoying the lake, and getting back to nature away from the hub bub of city life. Glad your family did that because your son did work so hard during summer break. Take care.

  4. Penelope Notes

    A shame about the freedom-to-be-a jerk and risk-the-health-of-others disease going on alongside the pandemic. The cabin “rules” couldn’t be better though. Oddly enough, a lot of people are getting “cabin fever” following those rules right in their own homes during covid. The main thing is to get away from the screens and engage in the real world as you did when kayaking around that lovely lake.

  5. sallie rainville

    I really really like the “do” rules. So many RV Parks where we’ve stayed have those annoying what we call “NO” signs (all common sense stuff) , Anywayy… we just got back from an almost socially isolated visit to the Oregon Coast as there is a resurgence here too. We stayed in our tiny trailer. But everybody we saw seemed to be pretty happy to be wearing a mask indoors so we did venture into one restaurant for one dinner which was lovely for a change. (Tables spaced, wait staff masked, customers’ off only to eat and drink)(. … It is hard to understand how these elected officisals like the governors of Florida, (and apparently the mayor of Branson ) can put pandering to their base ahead of protecting their vulnerable citizens (and indeed all of their citizens). Yikes.

  6. Angie

    Alan – so glad you found a family get-away that works for you! And good for you to stick to your principles on masks and vaccines, etc. The cabin rules look perfect to me!

  7. A ShutterBug Explores

    Oh so glad to see you and your family are enjoying a vacation ~ Yes your son deserves it after all that Spanish and working ~ great kid you have ~ Xo ~ Lovely photos ~ great sky too ~

    We are in the midst of a tropical storm ~ ~ sigh,

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. tomthebackroadstraveller

    …I’m glad that you were able to get away, I’m in the woods in the Adirondacks. Take care and enjoy your week.

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