Monday, July 25, 2016

Table Rock Lake - Day 3 - Monday

Monday morning we woke to ominous skies. We figured it wasn't going to be a kayaking day, so that means it's an exploring day! We decided we would go to Branson and see what we could explore along the way! By the time we got ready to leave, it was raining pretty steady.
We didn't get too far when we came across signs for Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and we decided to check it out! The rain had stopped and skies were trying to clear. Driving into the park was beautiful and even more beautiful once we made it to the parking lot!
We went up to the Ranger Station to get some information. After checking out prices of admission and tours, we decided to sign up for a Tram-Tour of the park, which is a 2 hour ride thru getting us access to the entire park. We had a little time before our tour, so we did a little exploring on foot, visited the gift shop, then went back to the car to eat some snacks.
The ride thru the park was well worth it! Click on the image below to access a slideshow of images from our visit to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Use your back button to return to the blog after viewing photos.
After leaving the park, we continued on to Branson where we did a little bit of shopping, then made a stop at Big Cedar Lodge. On the drive in to the lodge, we stopped at a lookout of as the sun was beginning to set! What a spectacular view of Table Rock Lake at sunset!
I didn't take a ton of pics because it was getting dark, but this place was amazing!! There is an adorable little white church that sits in the middle of the Lodge grounds and I was able to capture the sunset sky in the windows of the church. These windows are where the alter of the inside of the church is - from the inside of the church you can view Table Rock Lake, however the church was locked so we were not able to go inside, but we could peek in the windows.

Front of church with circular fountain

We had a great day of exploring and the weather tomorrow looks like a perfect day for kayaking!

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