Ozark Camping Views, To-do’s, and Reviews

Ozark Camping Views, To-Do's, and Reviews!

I have been planning this trip for over a year and so much has happened in that year!
I had hoped to take this trip with the boys in 2019, but I broke my ankle instead. January of 2020 rolls around bringing COVID. The highlight of the year is that I re-married my high school sweetheart! But then, surprise! My cancer is back.  We really needed a family vacation.
 
The delay made it better! Brandon made it better! 
 
This trip became our big blending adventure to come together as a family. It was full of firsts!
🧨 First time for me to “camp.”
🧨 Brandon towed a rig for the first time. 
🧨 The boys ‘attended’ school in the rear cab of the truck for the first time.
 
Disclaimer for Reviews: I am a very easy-going person and so is Brandon. It is not difficult to get a 5-Star Review from us.
 

Blended

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “One of Adam Sandler’s Best!” – 🦋 Haley

Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and most of the favorite Happy Madison lineup take an African safari trip to bring newly ‘blended’ families together. This Sandler film actually has a great story and message. We fully recommend.

Virtual School

On-The-Go!

AC Power Converter

❓❓❓❓❓ – 🦋 Haley

The boys broke the other one on our last trip so we had to order a new one. I will update my review when we have used it a bit.

Travel Lap Desk for Kids

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

Each boy has his own color. It has storage and folds/stores away easily.

Car Seat Back Organizer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

I don’t know why these don’t come standard in every vehicle. Even if you don’t have kids, almost everyone needs storage in their car!

Day 1 – TRAVEL DAY

Thursday, September 25, 2020

We have watched many YouTube videos about RV-ing. I have developed an obsession and desperately want to RV full-time. I expect us to do so within the next 12-months, as long as my health holds out. 

Ozark View RV Park 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

http://www.bransonrvers.com/
My family had the most wonderful experience here. We stayed for four nights and had the most fantastic view . The spot had full hookups, a picnic table, and a designated campfire  ring. Management was cheerful, kind, and helpful. We were RV newbies, equipped only with hours of YouTube videos, and still had a seamless glamping experience!
 
God perfectly situated the campground between Branson, MO, and Eureka Springs, AR, which are FULL of activities for everyone.
Day 2 – Berryville and Eureka Springs, AR
Friday, September 25, 2020
Cosmic Caverns 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://www.cosmiccavern.com/
Today’s education was about cave geology, natural springs, and underground waterways. The caverns were gorgeous! So, this is a natural cave system that is relatively easy to access. If you are from the south, you will want to wear a light jacket. If you have a fear of small spaces, you should be fine. If you fear falling, buckle up, babe. Our tour guide was an adorable, tiny retired teacher that was full of spunk! The boys learned a TON! 
 
Blue Spring National Heritage Center 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://www.bluespringheritage.com/
We followed the underground river system from the caves to the Blue Spring 💦 Heritage Center, which was not only a vast blue hole in the ground but also a stop on the Trail of Tears (LEARNING OPPORTUNITY!!) The youngest asked about the said Trail and learned something BRAND ⚡️ NEW! The gardens around the Blue Spring made for a vigorous and beautiful walk. 
 
We went back to the camper after this realizing how quickly the temperature was rising and that we had NOT turned on the air conditioner. If we did not get home soon, the fur babies would be in bad shape. We made it in plenty of time, and they were glad we made it back. We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon breathing in the view and taking a hike around the campground. Henry still struggles on walks, even short ones.

Day 3 – Branson, MO 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

We drove down the main drag on Branson, and my kids could not stop themselves from ooo-ing and awe-ing over the crazy buildings and attractions. They were suddenly upset that we only had two days for activities.

Titanic Museum

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://titanicbranson.com/

First, we visited the Titanic Museum-Branson, which was fascinating and sobering, BUT no pictures allowed 😡. You could spend $35 and receive two print copies and multiple digital copies of pose-in-front-of-a-greenscreen Titanic-themed scenes. I did, of course. I am a history buff and have spent a decent amount of time watching and reading about Titanic. I knew most of the information but appreciated how the museum focused on connecting the visitors with the passengers’ stories. My favorite part was the freezing water that you could put your hand in to see how long you could stand it, and realize that 1,500 people froze to death in water just as cold as that. 🥶

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://www.ripleys.com/branson/

Next on The Pederson Family Day-O-Fun was Ripley’s Believe It or Not! I captured many, many pictures here! The boys loved this place with its oddities! The second half of Ripleys down the road that we enjoyed after a good Chimi and #mojito!

Botana’s Premier Mexican Grill

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://botanaspremiermexican.com/

Best #Mojito of My Life!!! Freshly squeezed lime🍈 juice makes all the difference in the world! The food was great too!

Ripley’s Super Fun Zone Branson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://www.ripleys.com/branson/attractions/super-fun-zone/
 
Brandon was able to fulfill his Branson memory here with the giant maze! He says the one from his childhood was more significant, but I say he was much smaller! This maze was giant. All 3 of the guys had a smashing good time playing games. I even got caught up and played a game of laser tag! Memories were made. 
 
We went back to our campground and fur babies to relax and enjoy beef & shrimp kabobs cooked on our brand new Black Rhino grill. We made a campfire this night and roasted marshmallows for smores. I found marshmallows with chocolate on the INSIDE, which worked perfectly with the Fudge Stripe cookies. The guys took turns telling ghost stories. 

Super Easy S’mores

Chocolate Stuffed Marshmallows

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

Oh my heavens! This may have been the best invention EVER! We combined these with Fudge Stripe Cookies and it was so easy. It was actually cleaner too! 

Fudge Stripe Cookies

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

Combining the chocolate stuffed marshmallows with fudge stripe cookies is pure genius 🤓!

‘Mallow Roasting Stick

❓❓❓❓❓ – 🦋 Haley

We used kabob sticks because we had kabobs this night but I found these on my search for the chocolate filled marshmallows. These look awesome. I am ordering a pack. Tell us in the comments if you have a favorite.

Camping with a Kitty!

Also, this night Weasley got loose running freely around the campground. He went galloping all over the nearest four campgrounds, of which all but one were occupied. That is a BIG NO-NO in Campground Etiquette, but we had to capture the runaway ginger kitty. He is almost old enough to neuter but not quite! 😳 Brandon saved him!

Telescoping Net

❓❓❓❓❓ – 🦋 Haley

We did not have this but I wish we had! We chased that kitty all over. If we had this net, we would have caught him immediately. Tell us your experience in the comments.

Cat Harness

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

Training a cat for a harness may be the funniest thing you have ever seen. Be patient. Be consistent. It is too important for the cat’s protection to keep it on a leash.

Bubble Backpack

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

💯 recommend this carrier! We found a way to combine a retractable leash to the leash-let inside the bubble and opened the door on the ground. Weasley could explore but felt his limits.

Day 4 – Branson, MO 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Branson’s Wild World

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
http://bransonswildworld.com/

We started the day at Branson’s Wild World with an Aquarium and glow-mini-golf. It was a great time. There was a lot of up-close-and-personal with the animals, and pretty well priced for what you experience and the time you invest. Our entire family enjoyed the interactivity with the animals and the displays. I appreciated the design and décor that walks the visitor through the whole experience with the animals. Definitely Do. All around, a good time!

Hollywood Wax Museum

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley
https://www.hollywoodwaxentertainment.com/branson-mo-attractions/#attractions

This museum was not originally on my list, and I remembered why when we arrived at the register. 😳 💰 The wax museum alone was a great time. It was large, filled with many great celebrities and photo ops, and priced well for the experience.
The guys also desperately wanted to do the mirror maze. Combining three attractions was cheaper than buying the two separately, so I’m glad we got all 3. The mirror maze was cool for the 3 1/2 minutes it took to complete it, and the accompanying story was written for 5-year-old girls.
The final attraction was a 4-D Virtual Reality shoot ‘em game, which was startling yet fun! All four of us teamed up against killer clowns 🤡 in a theme park. The clowns jumped at you from out of nowhere. I screamed loudly and often.
I will only give four stars because I think it was overpriced. We might revisit the wax museum in the future but not the other two attractions.

Birthday Dinner

Charlie’s Steak & Ale

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🦋 Haley

http://charliesbranson.com/
My bacon-wrapped filet mignon was cooked just right! My pretty blue drink was named Missouri Holy Water, and my brownie dessert was fried.😍 I am pretty sure everyone else liked their food too. 

Day 5 – TRAVEL DAY

All-in-all, Travel Day morning ran quite smoothly. There were some hurt feelings over left-over eggs, but we brushed that aside and got to packing. We had packed as much as we could the night before in the truck but still had a great deal to secure. Brandon dumped the tanks and unhooked the hoses without any problems.

Dumping the Tanks
Make sure you have your PPE
Personal Protective Equipment
Face Mask

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🐵 Brandon

If you dont use this one, make sure you use something. Particles will fly around in the air during dumping. You do not want to breathe that in!

Rubber Gloves

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🐵 Brandon

Purchase LONG, THICK rubber gloves. In fact, purchase 3 sets! Have a backup to your backup.

Kneeling Pad

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 🐵 Brandon

You are going to be doing a lot of kneeling; make it comfortable. They are light-weight; buy 3.

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We forgot a few items and had to make two trips to Walmart. We suggest you buy them ahead of time through these links!
Bougee Salt & Pepper Shakers
Wish List – 🐵 Brandon

These are now on our list. I truly appreciate fresh ground salt and pepper for my dishes. Leave us your favorites in the comments.

Condiment Travel Container
Wish List – 🐵 Brandon

These are now on our list. Grab ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, steak sauce, and fresh minced garlic right out of your fridge. Saves on wasted purchases and you are more likely to not forget.

Extension Cord
Wish List – 🐵 Brandon

These are now on our list. You can never have enough extension cords. Always have extra.

This blog was written and designed by Haley Reggio Pederson. She also owns and operates The Social Media Lady, Social Specialist, a digital marketing agency specializing in social media marketing for small to medium-sized businesses. 

By Haley Reggio Pederson

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