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What a month!!! Nothing but ice then snow here in the Ozarks so far this past two and a half weeks! Luckily, the ice melted off before the snow began to fall on Valentine’s Day, locking down the already pandemic weary population hereabouts with about 6” of snow. I was able to make it out of my driveway and to work each day though not always able to make it back into my garage without help.
So when the opportunity to take a drive presented itself, I dangled the carrot of ice cream in front of my husband and made the hour and a half drive north to Eldon, just past Lake of the Ozarks, home of the Ice Cream Factory. We both work hard every day and have to remind ourselves that taking time to do something that doesn’t involve remodeling our houses, chopping wood, or working for money is still important.
Of course, in February, the drive up 73 to 54 is less than spectacular. Snow covered the ground and the wind blew my little Kia Optima around the highway, but Tim enjoyed the chance to check out the scenery while I drove-a rare treat for him as he generally has to be in the driver’s seat. Since this was my idea, he was more than happy to let me take the reins and guide us through what little traffic we encountered and the hilly terrain of the Lake of the Ozarks region.
We stopped at Donut Palace in Camdenton for a quick bite before moving toward Eldon, our final destination. I had the sausage and egg croissant while Tim devoured a chocolate covered Bavarian cream donut declaring it delicious. A good friend of mine also likes their biscuits and gravy. We also made a stop at a little drive thru/eat in diner with the quaint name of Eldon Drive In. Tim figured some real food before eating more sugar might be a good idea. The locals certainly seem to frequent the place and the deep fried mushrooms were as good as any I’ve had elsewhere.
On to the Ice Cream Factory! https://www.icecreamfactoryco.com/
A small town success story, this locally owned factory sells its product in various grocery store chains around Lake of the Ozarks and beyond. The Eldon location has a small dine in area as well as a drive thru. I had to try the Gooey Butter Cake in a waffle bowl and it was a delicious as anything I could ask for. Tim had a vanilla sundae with chocolate syrup but, unfortunately the cooler the ice cream had been stored in had not kept the ice cream as rock hard as usual. He ended up with a soft serve consistency sundae, which while still good, was not as delicious as my Gooey Butter Cake. I am tempted to get a pint at our local Harter House and see if it tastes better. When we are in the area again, we will definitely be back to try another flavor or the sampler which gives you the option of choosing smaller portions of 4 different flavors.
Though one of us was a little disappointed with the ice cream treat the overall experience was one we desperately needed. Marriage takes work, time and sacrifice. Tim had planned to work on Sunday but I convinced him we needed the break and he capitulated. I treated him to everything he wanted and even drove him around so it was almost like he was King for a day. We talked, laughed, and he badgered me on how to frame my shots for this article. We got to reconnect and see something different. It was a win-win. So get out there my friends, alone, with your significant other, with friends or family-time moves ever so quickly.
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