Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Those lazy days of Summer.....

We are here in the land of Mark Twain and Huck Finn.......what better place to spend a few lazy summer days?

This is our first visit to a Corp of Engineers's a beauty! Our "yard" is freshly mowed and the trees offer a cool place for Bob to have his afternoon nap! A huge thanks to Nick for his tip about this inexpensive (cheap-$12 for full hookups!) park!

Located about 20 miles or so Southwest of Hannibal, Missouri, the park is on Mark Twain Lake. Everything here is named "Mark Twain Something-or-other", since most of his adventures began here. We did play tourist a little yesterday, visiting the quaint river-front town of Hannibal and eating some hand-breaded-fried-in-the-cast-iron-skillet Pork Tenderloin at the Old Planters Inn ( thanks to Ed Dray for this tidbit!)! The mighty Mississippi flows alongside side this town and the adventures of Mark Twain make you want to be a child again, for just a little while.

The next few days will bring more exploring of this lovely land that is central Missouri.

The first order of business was to see Smokey and we all got together on Sunday....and else???.....EAT!

It's great to see these guys looking so good and enjoying themselves up here in Mark Twain Landing...they have a great situation....Smokey has a "management consulting" :) position here, and they gave us a tour of the facilities on Monday. I think there were more than seven pools, my favorite being the Wave Pool and the Lazy River:), and there is a lovely pond, surrounded by a grassy hill, with cabins nestled along the ridge of it. The campsites are well laid out, with sun, shade and well trimmed lawns. The people are friendly and the little on-site diner has good food--cheap!! What more can you ask for??? As always, we enjoyed our time with them. Nick and Terry, and Brenda and Ron Speidel joined us, and later Ron and Jeri Lea Hopf arrived at the park and walked up.....good, lazy summer visiting with nice folks!

I never cease to be amazed about what we find to "love" about every place we go. Who knew that the flat green fields and pink clover of Missouri would be so very inviting at the start of Summer? We sure didn't, but we're glad we drifted off to this part of the world!


Mike McFall said...

We see a lot of our ole friends in that picture......
Wish we were there with you all..
Tell everyone hello from us.

It was almost one year ago when we went over to big Pine and installed your PressurePro System.

Nice Post!!

Terry said...

Well who would have guessed FOOD would have been involved!

We're sitting here on beautiful DALE HOLLOW LAKE at the OBEY RIVER COE Park. We have another 5 days until we leave for Nashville and another COE park.

Keep on eattin'

All Because Two People Fell In Love said...

A wonderful park. Ed told us about it last year during the rally in Branson. Gina & I drove up there and spent a week there. We didn't want to leave but I wanted to spend some time in Illinois. Safe Travels,

Rollie & Gina

Mike & Pat said...

Hi Bob & Molly,

We're missing your posts. Everything OK???


Roger and Barb said...

We wish we were there with you. We have always wanted to visit Hannibal, MO. We have a nearby Corps of Engineers park we like a lot. Our local Good Sam chapter camps there several times a year. It is Red River RV Park in Colfax on the Red River north of Alexandria, LA. The locks on the river are right there and you can watch tug boats pushing strings of barges as they pass through the dam locks. You can even arrange tours of the lock and dam which is very interesting! In fact we will be there for the 4th of July with our club. We leave Thursday morning. Of course Barb will be driving the truck and fifth wheel as I continue to recover.