In that case, the waitress flinched as we paraded through the door. But she sighed and went to work feeding my dysfunctional family and me. We left her a large tip and much praise. That helped I think.
Still I noticed her face whiten before she could control her emotions. A nice character trait for my MC to emulate.
Vacations (with my brothers, their families, and my own) are as easy-going or as difficult as we let them be. I learned some time ago that organization is a dirty word when surrounded by such a myriad of differing personalities. I go with the flow and repeat this mantra at regular intervals: I am on vacation, I am on vacation.
Southeast Missouri has some of the coolest geography.
caves, and old, old lava.
ElephantRocks State Park consists of monstrous pink granite boulders lined up in a parade. Their mossy hides complete the image by giving them a gray hue.
But lemme tell ya, standing beside tons of boulders in 100-degree heat is not particularly pleasant.
Conducive to sunstroke more like.