Over the top …

As far back as I can remember our family took a vacation just outside Branson, MO. Those were the days when you could drive through town in a few minutes. The Baldknobbers and maybe the Presley’s served as the only shows in town. That was the early 1960’s.

My “Big Pa” was the fisherman. Up and out early, quiet on the boat, and the patience to make any fish shout uncle and bite the hook. We fished and fished and fished some more. The object of our outings – Rainbow Trout. No swimming in Lake Taneycomo – at least not for the faint of heart.

Our family made this trip until I went to college. Busy schedules and tuition took charge. Then, in about 1990 my parents thought it a good idea to re-institute the “Family Vacation.” No, this was and is no National Lampoon. The girls were young and Mom thought it would be fun to take the kids. For nearly ten years we made this annual trek. On one trip I was dubbed “speed fillet” by Scott who looked on as we cleaned countless fish.

Kimberly and Craig married in 2004 and we had not gone with the clan since. This year everyone was able to schedule vacation and so off we went. Phyllis, out Forsyth contact, told us the lake was up and the fishing was good. I hope to put up some photos of the power dam on the lake. No one could recall a time when the water was as high on the Bull Shoals side of the dam. Fishing was good. Time spent with the family was fun.

We celebrated Mom’s birthday and Father’s Day while away. Mom and Dad are our hosts and travel guides and for our vacation time they made it “over the top.”


About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

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