Summertime brings a complimentary mix of heat, humidity and the splash of cool, flowing river waters as folks get off the beaten path near Cassville, Missouri, in the heart of Barry County: one of southwest Missouri’s crowning jewels.
While some might enjoy the instant retreat offered by the rippling river and the shade of the trees that have stood guard there for well over a century, they may not know the substance of the unique history of the community, the state park or the legends that were born in this remote river valley.
I was able to enjoy a 40-hour retreat this week at Fishers of Men Lodge on Highway 112, just a few miles from the banks of the river.
I was joined by a friend. We hiked, laughed, ate and visited with the locals.