Day 3 of Our Bull Shoals Vacation

GOPR0167After a wet and wild night with a storm rolling through the lake we woke up to a nice bright and sunny morning. My wife and I had a craving for some doughnuts. So we checked for some local spots. We found one called Hank and Katie’s Bakery & Cafe. I insisted we get a few dozen based on how delicious they were. My wife reminded me of our budget, so we settled for a half dozen. Once we had our doughnuts we headed back across the dam to our cabin.

We didn’t waste any time getting ourselves ready and down to the dock to get our boat back out onto the lake for a day of some tubing. Our boat wasn’t the fastest vessel out on the lake so it was perfect for the kids to ride on the tube without risking going too fast.

They had a blast going out there. After a bit of tubing we anchored off in a small cove and did some swimming. Pawpaw cooked up some hot dogs for everyone and I took the kids out on a few rides on the wet bike. Alex loves going fast. He wanted to ride the tube over and over again. Same with the wet bike. He would also say, “one more ride”, in his soft sweet little voice. Of course we obliged most of the time. Abby also likes going for rides, but doesn’t like to go as crazy as Alex does.


Once we got back to the dock it was time to take the boat back to the rental place. It was a good ship while it lasted, but the fun was just about to begin.

IMG_5059We headed back up to the cabins to enjoy some amazing brisket prepared by Pawpaw. His brisket is outstanding and can stand up against anything I’ve seen on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives. My wife’s uncle also made up some ranch burgers. I gave one of them a shot and have to say it was pretty tasty.

As for another movie night, it didn’t look like it was going to rain again but I didn’t want to risk it. So I didn’t bother setting up the screen. However, we did get the fire pit going and sat around enjoying a few drinks and each other’s company. We made some smores for the kids and ourselves. After a day out in the sun it was a very tasty treat to add to the night.

Pawpaw even fired up his deep fryer again and fried up some pickles and some chips for everyone. Once again they were super delicious and everyone was left wanting more.

The kids passed out on Mammaw and Pawpaw’s couch again, so we scooped up Alex and left Abby there and went back up to our cabin to get some rest for our last day on the lake.

Bull Shoals Family Vacation (day 4 & 5)

Destiny and Abby Bull Shoals 2015Day four of our family vacation was one for the books. Earlier in the week a few of the guys went out and put together this amazing water slide. It was suppose to be over 50 feet but ended up being 30 feet because of how high the water level was. Using a water pump we got the water flowing down the slide and that is when the fun began. Using the GoPro I was able to capture some pretty cool footage going down the slide. My niece took it with her as well as my wife. Alex is still too little to go down the slide and Abby was just a little too scared to try it out. My niece however was a trooper and was having a blast sliding into the lake.

It will be interesting to find out next year if the slide is still there or if the core of engineers will tear it down. Several years ago we hung a zip line between two cliffs and would zip line between them and drop off into the water. They shut down our fun pretty quickly that year. That’s okay though, we still had a lot of fun.

Day five of our vacation was a slow one. We woke up later in the day because of a very active night. Pretty much a lot of the same. Swimming, riding the wet bike, and having fun. Check out the video below to see our fun from day four & five and click here to see day 1 & 2, and here for day 3!

Day Four

Day Five

Bull Shoals Family Vacation (day 3)

Uncle Mike and AlexDay three of our family vacation was a lot of fun. I had attempted to fly a kite with my GoPro attached but it never took off like I expected. Maybe next year we will have a drone or some helium balloons to send the GoPro up into the sky. Day three had more swimming and riding the wet bike. There was some turtle spotting! I did my best to capture the little guy on camera. Alex even had a chance to ride the motorcycle with his Uncle Mike. He absolutely loved every second of it. At first he cried when we put the helmet on him (safety first!) but once the engine was started his face lite up like a firework. Enjoy the video below and watch out for day four and five!

If you haven’t checked out day one and two click here!


Bull Shoals Family Vacation 2015 (Day 1 & 2)

Every year we go on vacation. This year we went to Bull Shoals lake. It is a favorite spot of ours (we go almost every year) and it always is a good time. I go a bunch of GoPro footage and have been putting together a few videos of our trip. Typically we stay at the Holiday Shores Resort. It is a nice little resort that has some nice cozy cabins. We had a large group with us and took over 5 cabins, and they were all right next to each other, so spending time together was great. We setup a fire pit during the evenings while the kids were in bed.

In the video below you will see day 1 and day 2. We arrived on day 1 so there was just some minor swimming. Day 2 had much more swimming along with some riding the wet bike. This is just the first post in a several post series about our vacation this year.

If you want to see our trip from last year click here for part one and here for part two.