Monday, January 5, 2009

An Unexpected Opportunity for Some Serious R & R

When we first moved back to my husband's small town and he took over responsibility for his family's funeral home, we learned so much about the role of a funeral director. My eyes were opened to the compassion and stability my husband would provide to so many families. I also learned that someone needs to be available to answer the funeral home phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The first year my husband was that person. It was a challenge and we are thankful that we now have another employee with whom to share this responsibility.




Sometimes a situation will arise that offers an opportunity. Last week my husband oversaw a funeral in our building and the family asked if he could drive their loved one down to the Branson, Missouri area for a burial. 99.9% of the time we find a way to fulfill each families wishes and he agreed. My husband calculated the drive time and realized he would need to spend the night. The night, you say?



Over the years, we have heard about the Big Cedar Lodge in the Branson area and an idea was hatched.




I stowed away and after the burial, we headed south to the Big Cedar Lodge. Have you been there?





The road leading to the property winds all around through the woods and sports a "Don't even think about riding your motorcycle on this road" sign. The registration and nearby buildings are gorgeous, both inside and out with a post and beam design, beautiful stained glass and glorious views. We walked over to a cozy coffee house and sat out on the patio in the January 65-degree weather?!?! Can you explain that temperature to me?





Several lodges overlook the valley and this was ours, Falls Lodge...







Our room had a fireplace, jetted tub and balcony. We enjoyed the sunset from that balcony. We were also joined by many creatures, very similar to the room shown here...



no big deal when you are married to a hunter who has more mounted animals than this mini-collection.






Later we ventured to one of the restaurants. You may wonder about a Devil's Pool Restaurant or a Buzzard Bar, but we ate surprisingly well. KC Strip for him and Shrimp Pasta in Marinara Sauce for her.


Big Cedar Lodge is owned by the Bass Pro Shop, so you won't be surprised to learn that I anticipated a bait shop feel with a hunting lodge setting. Thankfully, I was wrong! The property and lodges do have a wildlife theme, but they also encompass all the modern ammenities with a few surprises thrown in. Artisan ironwork graced every building and our room was spectacular. My partner in this sneak getaway was a huge part of the package...you'll have to come up with your own on that one.


We're back to the real-world, re-charged, ready to wrangle boys and take care of business.

11 comments:

Rechelle said...

No FREAKIN' FAIR!!!!!

Junebug said...

That is beautiful! I found you from Rechelle's blog.

Nancy said...

That's the same lodge we stayed in...great, huh?

Lisa said...

I'm from Northeast Missouri and I would love, LOVE to go to the Big Cedar Lodge. One of these days. I'm glad you go to go!!

dina said...

I just stumbled upon your blog - and it was great getting to peek in a bit and see a snippet from your life.

But I just gotta ask - do you read? Have you ever read anything by Angela Hunt? She's got a great series called Fairlawn, the first one is called, "She always wore red" and the second "Doesn't she look natural?" - I think you'd really like them!

Congrats on the night away with hubby, btw. Sigh... I dream of that!

Jenny said...

Dina, thanks for the book tip! I do love to read and will check out those books.
Jenny

BonjourBruxelles said...

jenny...this looks awesome. glad you guys made the most of it!

Dev said...

There are some really great Branson shows to see!

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