Likely the most random part of our MDW Roadtrip was our pit-stop for a night in Raymondsville, MO. You all know that I'm attempting to visit all 50 states by 2020 (a goal I foresee me reaching!) so any time I'm near a state a make sure I spend at least 24 hours there to check it off of my list. So, when we were planning Arkansas I knew I had to work Missouri into the mix.
We had free time Sunday night into Monday before we started our trek back east so I looked up AirBnBs in some of the small border towns in the Ozarks and stumbled upon the 'Little Cabin in the Woods' for an extremely good price and in the perfect location for our journey. Our morning hike to Whitaker Point wrapped up around 11:00am so we drove the 2.5 hours northeast to Raymondsville, MO and checked into to our little Oasis.
As we were following the GPS Devin was getting more and more worried that I had found this place in the middle of nowhere with a risk of being murdered and no one ever finding us.... it was down an unpaved road and all we could see were ranches and cows as far as the eye could see. Alas, we found the sign that the AirBnB instructions had listed and turned down the road to see a beautiful lake, the owners large residence, and our little cabin waiting beautifully for us. The cabin sits right on the lake and was built by the Ranch owner using only products on his land. It's a completely wooden house with interior log details, a bedroom, a loft, a bathroom, a living space, and a screened in porch. We couldn't imagine ever wanting to leave the 4-walls of the cabin until we realized just how much fun we could have in the lake. The rental came with access to kayaks and canoes, a firepit (with amores ingredients), a two-person hammock, and tree swings.
We ended up spending the majority of our daylight out on the lake and then cozied up at night to watch a few movies full equipped with wine and popcorn. The best part of all of it though was the next morning.
The cabin faces the lake which faces east so we witnessed the most beautiful sunrise over the lake. We quickly brewed ourselves some coffee in the provided Kuerig so that we could watch the sunrise. After it had risen a bit we walked the gravel roads past the lake and past fields and fields of cattle. We decided to stop when we saw a massive bull (you can see just how massive in the pictures) staring us down. At that point we had gone almost two miles so roundtrip we had 8,000 or so steps in before we would normally even wake up.
I love how such an unexpected stop ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip. As we were driving back east I was almost home-sick for the cabin and I'm already dying to go back! Karen was the nicest host, the cabin itself was perfectly adorable, and the scenery was flawless. If the 'Haley stamp of approval' means anything to you... go book yourself a visit!