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Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri 

After our stay in Hot Springs, we were rested enough to make the 320 mile trek to Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Osage Beach, Missouri. 

Scenic highways twisting through forested mountains led us towards the destination. Around every bend were Barns and front porches lined with “American Picker” gold. We were surprised by the beauty of Arkansas. 

This was the first time we tested our Ford Ranger’s ability to tow 3000lbs on an extended uphill climb. The old girl did well. 

After six hours we arrived at Osage Beach – rumbling across gravel service roads to the campground registration. The camp host gave us some insider information on the best site available. It was a quaint waterfront site with an electrical hook up that cost $23 a day. 


During the days, we hiked the trails and laid in the sun. The town’s Post Office and grocery store were nearby, making mundane tasks easily achieved. We even managed to wash some laundry! 

Tomorrow morning we’ll head to Kansas with hopes of staying at a rural COE campground. 

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