Thanksgiving Roadtrip…Branson, Fayette, and Charleston!

I don’t think in all my years, I have made a road trip for Thanksgiving. In the past, I’ve enjoyed going to my mom’s or dad’s just minutes away, or I’ve even flown out of the country; but this year, we took a road trip from Denver to Charleston with a few stops along the way. It was fun!

We started out Saturday morning under less than ideal conditions…for the first hour the roads were iced over and part of the time we followed snow plows! Soon the sun came out, however, and we were on our way to Branson, MO. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Roadtrip…Branson, Fayette, and Charleston!”

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Day 235 – Missouri and Kansas

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Jefferson City, Missouri

It was impossible to miss the capitol building in Jefferson City.  It dominates the skyline of Missouri’s quaint capital.  I spent a little time poking around, both inside and outside, and came up with another type of restroom available to me – government buildings.  Parks, Wal-Mart, restaurants, rest areas, and gas stations generally serve the purpose, but churches and government buildings have recently been added to the list! Continue reading “Day 235 – Missouri and Kansas”

Day 234 – Missouri Rhineland

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So last night I stumbled upon a Waffle House and ordered a bacon and egg sandwich plate, an old standby from the horse show days.  It was delicious!  I found a private campground not far away that was charging $57 a night…outrageous. I asked if there were any others nearby and they said a new one opened up about five miles down the road.  I saved myself $47 and got a free, clean shower out of it as well!

It’s a good thing I saved myself some money as I started out this morning turning off my phone, removing my sim card, and placing it in a bag of rice because my screen wasn’t legible. Sadly, I think it succumbed to constant humidity and no A/C.  No phone calls or texts today, and I’ll have to geocache the old fashioned way…download a few caches onto my GPS as this is
my last chance to check Missouri off the list in my quest to find a geocache in every state.

Small Towns to Visit in Missouri

St. Charles, Missouri

My day kind of continued like my phone…it didn’t work out that well…but I have to say, I loved the area and would definitely come back for a long weekend.  We started in St. Charles which at one time was the last outpost for westward-bound pioneers.  It was here that Lewis and Clark launched their expedition to the Pacific. The city also served as Missouri’s first state capital which is the building we tried visiting first.  We were a few hours too early.  Luckily, it is situated just a few hundred yards from the two hundred mile Katy trail that follows along the Missouri River and it is in the middle of the historic downtown, so we wandered around the area.  Continue reading “Day 234 – Missouri Rhineland”

Dillard Mill, Mark Twain National Forest

Day 6 – Meandering through the Missouri Ozarks

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Camping at Montauk State Park

Just as I was packing up to leave camp and thinking people at the less populated campsites were friendlier, Pete popped over for a visit.  In reality, I think people just try to respect each other’s privacy in such an enclosed space, but Pete was bold enough to say hello, and I’m glad.  It’s nice to talk to people along the way.  My VW pop-up top, Texas plates, and camping alone peaked his curiosity.  He is an insurance agent located in St.  Louis  who specializes in small business health care.  He and his buddies came down to fish with flies he ties as a hobby.  He successfully hooked some trout with them…GO PETE! Continue reading “Day 6 – Meandering through the Missouri Ozarks”

Mark Twain National Forest

Day 5 – Springs of the Missouri Ozarks

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 Camping

There was only one other camper at the campgrounds when I pulled in last night.  It made me a little nervous when he asked if I was alone.  I promptly said my dogs were with me.  His next sentence was, “if you need anything, let me know.  I’m going to the lake.”  He had a nice boat and it turns out he was most concerned with fishing.  He fished last night and this morning before I left.  A few more campers also trickled in, so that added comfort to my evening’s choice.  For such a nice lake, I was surprised to not see more people, but I think its downfalls were the noisy trucks trying to make it up the two lane road nearby and the fact there weren’t individual water hookups.

Best Springs to Visit in the Missouri Ozarks

Grand Gulf State Park

My first stop this morning was Grand Gulf State Park just north of the Missouri/Arkansas border.  The park has a mile long trail that passes by a narrow chasm known as “The Little Grand Canyon”.  It used to be a cave system, but the roofs collapsed.  There is still a small portion with the roof intact which forms a natural bridge.  Matt, the friendly ranger, explained the trail and suggested that I take the stairs down to the canyon.  It was a perfect morning jaunt for the dogs! Continue reading “Day 5 – Springs of the Missouri Ozarks”