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S: Road trip to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, August 22-29, 2011

BC: June 2011 Memories

FC: Road Trip to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri August 22-29, 2011 Featuring John, Tom, Mary & Mark

1: Vacation fun begins on Sunday eve, August 21st, when the Happy Birthday trio (John, Tom and Mark) sing to Mary.

2: Mark is happy! Birthday cake on Sunday, AND we leave on Monday for vacation! | Point Randall Resort, Lake Ozark, August 2011 | Highlights of the 11 1/2-hour drive: Ahhhhh...ttumwaaaa. Ahhhh...OSkaloosa...OK! Excuse me, Mare! Gas stations...rest stops...Hardees... and the the silence when the pickup would not start!. And then... We arrived!

3: Above: Resident Canine, Max Above right: Launching the boat on Monday evening.. Right: Boat slip at Point Randall Resort. Left: Resort owners Michael & Paulette Spriggs with daughter Kathleen during a boat ride with us in June 2011.

4: With... "Gilligan" (Center); "The Skipper" too (Left); "The Millionaire & his wife" (Absent); "The Movie Star" (Absent) "The Professor" (Right) and "Mary Ann" (Below). ...Here on Lake of the Ozarks!

5: Wednesday, August 24th Shootout on the Strip Street Party 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Race boats and race teams lined up along Bagnell Dam Strip for a meet and greet. | The sights as we wait for the parade of boats to arrive for the Street Party...

6: Boats on parade ~ Street Party

7: And then... we met Ben (at left) and Deanna, who were also staying at Point Randall. | They told us about Coconuts bar, so we went--in the two boats, of course! Blue skies and warm weather were perfect for sitting at the outdoor bar.

8: On the agenda the days before the day of the race: Nothing... but boats, food and fun!

9: Tom contemplating the next Rooster Tail.

10: Ready... | GO!!! | Set...

11: Rooster Tails

12: Ben's Boat | More powerboats!

13: Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na... BATMOBILE!

14: Leisurely days of sightseeing... on the lake or driving past the landmark Denny's sign on the way to Walmart or Paul's Market to get corn-on-the-cob for the nightly barbecue...with Colorado peaches for dessert! | Excuse ME, Mare!

15: On our way in to "Party Cove"... which was very quiet that day.

16: Time to get down to business! Saturday, August 27th -- RACE DAY! 2011 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout | Temporarily docked after the long ride over to Captain Ron's (the bar that hosted the race). Mark went to the registration desk for the information packet and entrant number (#8). | Helmet...check. matches the boat...check!

17: Mark, John and Mary stayed on shore at Captain Ron's during the Shootout, while Tom raced the boat.

18: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Open Classes Run Tom's boat: Class NV3P2.

19: And it's... | "VO-LEK" 77 (MPH)!!!! | Tom is on his way back to Captain Ron's to get his racing speed and pick up Mark, John and Mary.

20: Sunday, August 28th--races continued, but it was a much quieter day on the water with fewer boats racing. Tom, Mark and Mary watched some of the races, while John relaxed at the cabin. | Tom, Mark and Mary had lunch at the Poop Deck.

21: The winner of the Shootout: "My Way" -- 208 MPH | Many spectators took photos of the boat that week. Here, the four of us are cruising the lake. | The ride back to Minnesota on Monday was fun too... Watertown... Erskine... 17... EXCUSE me, Mare! And many other laughs! Thanks for the memories!!

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