We took our only child, Logan to Bass Pro in Springfield for the first time when he was three. It was a big hit
and since then the store has become a large part of our family memories. We’ve made the trip to Springfield twice more over the years. When we go to Texas to visit family there, we stop at two sometimes three stores on the way. Along with two Cabela’s. We haven’t been since the stores combined, so I don’t
know if they’re all still there or not.
In 2014, I took a picture of him in front of the grizzly bear. After that, it became a tradition and we see how much he’s grown by where he comes to on the paw. As he got older, he grumbled about having to pose for me, but humors me anyway.
I always think the poor taxidermied animals were prettier alive. I like the housewares section and browse there for a while, then I find a recliner there or go to the bench by the fish tank and read a book. It’s funny how just about every other store you go to, the men are waiting on benches while the wives shop. At Bass Pro, it’s the opposite. I nicknamed the store, Hotel California from the old Eagles song – You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave – because we’re always there for HOURS.
My husband has never been a hunter or fisherman. But Logan is. I had to put away my feeling sorry for deer years
ago and now there are three taxidermied trophy bucks on our wall in the family room along with a wild boar. All had the misfortune of running into our son.
For his eighteenth birthday this year, we wanted to do something special and create a lifetime memory for the occasion. The weekend before Christmas, we took him to Memphis for an early present. He knew we were going to Bass Pro at the Pyramid. But he didn’t know we were staying there in a hotel room. Since he loves all things fishing and hunting, he absolutely loved our surprise.
For us, it was the perfect family trip. Possibly our last as a family since he graduates in May. Bittersweet. He wanted his Dad in the picture with him this year. In hindsight, I wish I’d grabbed some stranger and gotten in the picture with them. We spent his birthday with a photographer coming to our house to take casual senior pictures on our land and then a family lunch, just the three of us, at our favorite local restaurant. Where did the years go? Where did my baby go? Questions every mom has asked I’m sure.
So is there a place that’s special to your family? Somewhere that holds fond memories? Tell us about it and get in the drawing for a copy of Texas Hill Country Redemption. U.S. and international included. This is my book that releases in April. The winner will need to be patient since I may not get my author copies for another month or two. But as soon as I get it, I’ll mail it out. For international, the book will be available March 17th. Deadline for the giveaway is Jan 17th.