Monday, July 8, 2013

Kat's Birthday - Lewis and Clark State Park

After returning from our quick trip to Lake of the Ozarks State Park, we had three short days to unpack, do laundry and repack food and clothing for a trip in the other direction to Lewis and Clark State Park.  Just a little more than an hour from our house, and with five nights/4 days planned, we consider this our "vacation" for the year.  It was a much more relaxed and relaxing trip for us than the previous weekend.

Lewis and Clark SP had suffered severe flooding a couple of years ago, so this was the first season it was re-opened for camping.  We arrived in the late afternoon on Wednesday evening and set up camp on a nice level spot this time.

Thursday was not only Independence Day, but also Kat's birthday.  We ran into town (Atchison, KS) to get a few things we forgot to bring with us, then came back to camp for fun day and evening to celebrate her birthday.  My daughter and son-in-law also joined us.

On Friday morning, Kat and Shane did a little (unsuccessful) fishing, then we drove to nearby St. Joseph, MO, to spend an afternoon at the Pony Express Museum and the Patee House Museum.  The Patee House in particular was filled with many interesting displays.  We returned well into the evening to relax at camp.

On Saturday, we drove to the northern parts of Kansas City to let Kat go with her mom (my daughter) for the rest of her birthday weekend.  Shane and I made our way back to camp to the rest of the day, evening and next morning there.


Parked at Lewis and Clark State Park
near Rushville, MO
July 3-7, 2013

The Food - July 3 through July 7

Since I am posting this a couple months after the fact, I can only remember the highlights.

Wednesday evening - We enjoyed an easy meal of grilled brats and dogs, chips and salad.

Thursday morning - Simple breakfast of donuts and coffee.

Thursday midday - Kat chose the meal for her birthday:  Grilled chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, green beans, and a Tardis-themed birthday cake (forgive my decorating skills...I do better with flowers.)

Friday late afternoon - We had a meal out at a restaurant called The Ground Round in St. Joseph, MO.  I had a delicious Cajun chicken pasta, Kat had an apple wood bacon cheeseburger, and Shane had all-you-can-eat fried fish.


Parked at Lewis and Clark State Park
near Rushville, MO
July 3-7, 2013