If you watch at all, you know I love spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks. Generally, there are some pretty negative sterotypes about "the Lake", and I just have to set a few things straight:
- Yes, sometimes the lake is pretty busy, but at it's busiest I have NEVER been unable to find a quiet cove to anchor in.
- Declaring this one of the "most dangerous" bodies of water in the US is simply ridiculous. It's far more dangerous driving to the lake, or to work each day. With full credit to the "Darwin Awards", most deaths at the lake are alcohol related, and involve drownings, not boating accidents. You can't fix stupid, according to Jim White. If these people drank that much at home, they'd probably die falling down their steps.
- Party Cove may offend the senses sometimes, but you've got to go out of your way to get there. If you're offended by the things likely to happen there, don't go. It's in an isolated cove, surrounded by nothing but the wooded shores of the State Park. You only see it if you show up, and you can't drive a car anywhere near it.
- There are certain truths to spending time at the lake: Long waits at restaurants; generally lousy service at those same restaurants; and outrageous price gouging when it comes to gasoline prices at the marinas. If you can put up with that, the lake is a great place to spend quality time with your family.
Congratulations to the Wildwood Waves swim team! They completed an undefeated season (5 - 0) with a victory Monday night over Cool Dell. It was a tough meet, and both teams worked extremely hard. (My kids swim for Wildwood!)