I can’t believe it has been pretty much two weeks since I last posted here on WordPress. I have tried to check-in on Facebook occasionally so I wouldn’t be getting any calls wondering where we were.
Of course, I did get several calls/emails/texts wanting to make sure that we weren’t anywhere near Joplin when that awful tornado hit the town with such devastating results. My thoughts and prayers have been with that community.
We are now in Kansas City, MO playing tourist again. Since my last post at Mark Twain State Park, we’ve been hopping around to various State Parks all in Northern Missouri:
- Finger Lakes State Park
- Thousand Hills State Park
- Pershing State Park
Finger Lakes near Columbia was interesting in that it is really just a place for people who like ATV’s to camp. We were there during the week and the track was closed in preparation for a big race so it was quiet (lucky for us). You can ride your ATV right up to the campsite from the dirt trails. It looked interesting if you liked that kind of thing. There were no hiking or mountain bike trails in the Park at all so we walked the road one day and then took a drive to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park closer to Columbia. There is a cool cave there and I got a few interesting pictures so I’ll put up a separate post.
We only stayed at Thousand Hills for a relatively quick weekend stop. We hiked around the Lake one day and checked out the petroglyphs that they have preserved in a building. Even though the Park wasn’t very crowded, we had close neighbors. It rained a lot of the time we were there but we got one really nice night for a fire but there were nasty thunder storms over night.
Our last stop before Kansas City was at Pershing State Park near Brookfield, MO. We were very isolated there – no TV and only minimal cell service. We went into town a couple of times for supplies and I got to visit a lovely small quilt shop – Hueffmeier’s Fine Pines Quilt Shop. I will try to write up a separate post because it was worth the visit. There wasn’t a lot of hiking but we took every opportunity when the weather was clear to get out on the trails. There was an interesting boardwalk trail that we walked twice. This Park was pretty buggy – when it wasn’t threatening to storm we sat out in our screened room – another great CostCo purchase!
I’m still recovering from the drive to Kansas City from Pershing. Remember we didn’t have any TV there and barely any cell service. We headed out for a drive on back roads that we thought would be two hours or so. It turned out that there were two detours along the way – this may just have saved our trailer from serious hail damage! We were driving right into a tornado warning. We were in the nasty weather before we realized it. We drove through the worst of it with pea size hail but the campground had gotten hit a lot worse. I’m not sure what we should have done differently (other than not come to Missouri in the middle of tornado season!)