The Big 3-0

It’s official, I have reluctantly turned 30.  I have fought this day for a while but it’s here.  And so far it isn’t that bad.  My day started good, I did a few real estate things (sales meeting and caravan) and then I hung out with Reily for the afternoon.  It was a great afternoon hanging out the couch.  Scott took me out to dinner at Gian-Tony’s on The Hill.  The food was great! And I was able to finally find out where my birthday trip was to.  We were off to Tan-Tar-A resort in the Ozarks.  Then we hurried home from dinner to catch the end of the Cardinals game.  We started watching the game before dinner and it started with a scrum with benches clearing and Tony LaRussa and Dusty Baker getting through out of the game.  And the Cardinals still won the game 8-4!  Happy Birthday to me!

My birthday celebrations continued through the week.  I had dinner and drinks with Theresa and Liz at Bar Louie.  I hadn’t seen them in a while and it was great to catch up with them.

On Friday we headed to Lake of the Ozarks and Tan-Tar-A Resort.  I had been there before with my parents and was excited to see how things had changed.  I thought the drive to the Ozarks was at least 4 hours and was pleasantly surprised when it was just over a 2 hour drive away.  We arrived in time to grab dinner at the Black Bear Lodge and then hit the outlet mall for emergency flip flops.  Afterwards we relaxed and watched the Cardinals get their only win of the weekend against the Cubs.

On Saturday we went for a hike.  We had a couple recommendations to go to Ha Ha Tonka State Park.  We consulted with the visitors center to get an idea about the trails and decided on the Dolemite Trail.  The first half of the trail was boring, easy and hot.  Then once we crossed over the truck path the trail got a little more difficult and fun.  We saw a deer and Scott saw the back of a fox.

After hiking we relaxed at the pool for a few hours and then watched a horrible Cardinals game.  We had reservations at the fancy restaurant at the resort for Saturday night.  The dinner was very relaxing and we were able to try another way to have stuffed mushrooms with crab.  The dinner was awesome!  After dinner we hung out on the deck and watched the lake.  It truly felt like a scene out of Dirty Dancing being at that resort.

On Sunday we took a quick swim to try to get some relief from the thousands of bug bites that I had on my ankles.  Then we hit the outlet mall and found some awesome fudge.  On the way home we decided to stop in Jefferson City to check out the state capital.  It was out third state capital this summer, not too bad!

It was a great birthday weekend, just what I wanted for my 30th!

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