Amazing weather welcomed us after such a rainy spring and there was warm sunshine as a bonus. Seventeen people in seven boats started the event on Bull Shoals Lake on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Bull Shoals is farther down the White River Chain of Lakes, located mostly in northern Arkansas, south and east of Table Rock Lake, with 740 miles of primarily undeveloped shoreline. So this was a beautiful back-to-nature kind of cruise all the way from Diamond City, AR to the dam at Lakeview Cove Marina. Shuttles took the whole crew up to the historic Gaston’s resort for the overnight stay. Thursday’s cruise brought the boats back to Sugar Loaf Marina and the land trip to Rock Lane Resort where we had a “meet & greet” with the weekend cruisers. Over the weekend we had 22 boats at times and over 50 people from six states. Charlie’s Steak & Ribs provided the place to reunite with old friends and meet several new friends, too. Friday’s breakfast was at the Floating Café on Indian Point and then all the boats in a line headed toward the Long Creek arm of Table Rock Lake south into Arkansas before turning around to return for lunch at Big Cedar Lodge. After the afternoon cruise, many chose to spend the evening in nearby Branson, Missouri at the Legends Theatre for dinner and a show. It was a fun evening, especially our close encounters with the stars impersonating Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson.
Saturday’s cruise went west on Table Rock Lake for 41 miles to the Kings River Marina where the Shell Knob, MO Chamber of Commerce was having a festival featuring our fleet of classic boats. About 350 people greeted us as we paraded into the marina. They fed us lunch but then a mini hurricane blew through for about 40 minutes. Boats are supposed to get wet, right? After that storm, we had great boating conditions on the way back to Rock Lane – that is, most of the way. Another pop-up good old Midwest thunder storm stirred up white caps and chased us into Coyotes Dockside Café for shelter and another snack time. Then on back to the host port. Dick and Cara Moist once more fed us a hearty meal of their homemade brick oven bread and smoked brisket. That followed Carolynn Thompson’s tasty hors d’oeuvres. Thus, continuing the theme of this annual event of “cruisin’ ‘n eatin’, eatin’ n’ cruisin’. Though we didn’t sit still for “display” very long anywhere, the boat cards were printed with each boat’s unique story. Look for those stories as they appear in the “Members’ Boats” section of this website. A short cruise on Sunday morning took us to breakfast at the Chateau on the Lake, a beautiful place to end the Cruisin’ Event.