Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ed Babler St Park/Wildwood Missouri

Monday April 7, Well the weather man was right.....rain. We had about 230 miles to go so we didn't want to wait to long to leave. Most of our stuff was packed up but still had to put away the sewer line, hose, electric stuff. We tried waiting but we ended up getting wet. It rained most of our drive which made the trip long and our mileage low. We have really been lucky with the weather on travel days. We drove through St. Louis on opening day of baseball. Jeff and I agree, driving thru St. Louis has just continued to get worse. It quit raining as we got to St. Louis. We took a different route and it seemed a better way to us. The roads were good and traffic light. We pulled into the park and drove to the campground. We had been here before. Jeff had looked online to see which sites were available during the week. People are starting to reserve for the weekend camping already. We backed into site #5 after filling our water tank up. We are parked on a cement pad, have 50 amp, and internet. Surprised how many campers are here. Jeff had to prime our water pump again, we lost the prime again. We got everything set up. They have had lots of rain, if you get off the cement it's muddy. It's still pretty cool out there. I decided to make some chili for supper. The trees are still pretty dead....come on spring.

Tuesday April 8, Jeff and I decided to go to town and a movie because it's suppose to be cloudy with a chance of rain. It's not cloudy or rainy, it turned out to be a really nice day. It was even warmer than they said. We headed to town and looked around at some shops. We even got a few deals. We don't really do much shopping, Jeff says if you bring something in you take something out.  We went to lunch at Bandanas, we love there turkey sandwiches. They were as good as ever. Then we went to the movie "Gods not Dead" it was really good, and the price was right...$4.00 tickets. Came back to the rig and my little brother called. He lives in the area so we made plans to get together tomorrow. Haven't seen him in awhile. It was a really nice day with our lunch, movie and plans to look forward to.

Wednesday April 9, It really got cold last night, it was 39 degrees to start the day. Jeff and I wanted to go to the zoo this morning before meeting up with my brother. We left the camper around 9:30 and it took us about 1/2 hour to get there. When we arrived the temperature had warmed up and the sun was shining. A perfect day for the zoo. We first went to the brand new sea lion exhibit. It was awesome, they've built a underwater viewing area. They are fun to watch swim. Next we moved to the gorillas, they were in there outside area and were plenty entertaining. All the animals we saw were out and moving around. The only thing the giraffes weren't around, oh well next time. We only stayed about 2 hours. As we were walking to the truck my brother called to say he was on his way to the campground. We met at the campsite and did some catching up.  Then we went to supper at the Red Lobster, everything was good and the service was great. A nice afternoon. Tomorrow we have more company coming.

Thursday April 10, It was way warmer today compared to yesterday. I got up and started cutting veggies for omelets. We have friends stopping by before heading to the airport and going home. They had been in our home town visiting family. This way we could catch up before they had to leave. They weren't gonna be able to stay long so I didn't want to be busy while they were here. It was so nice we were sitting outside enjoying the weather. I happen to see this big motor home trying to back up and boy did he come close to hitting another campers car. Then he pulled up a bit and the next thing I see him backing up and this time he did hit the car. He didn't even get out of the rig he left his wife there to deal with it. She was behind him yelling for him to stop but he didn't. The next thing I know the campground host is walking down to our site...she tells me that the man in the motor home hit our truck. See with the company we were having we parked our truck up in the overflow parking area so our visitors could park at our site. The campground host said there's no damage. Jeff walked up to take a look....well he came walking down and said there's damage. The damage was on the back bumper on the drivers side. There's  a dent on the bumper and it scuffed up the plastic on top the bumper. Jeff walked up to talk to the man, he was very pleasant. Jeff went back to look again and realized when the truck was hit it moved the bumper in and so when you open the tailgate it rubs. The man that hit us was prepared to pay for all damages so at least we were lucky in that aspect. It could have been a lot worse. Well on a better note our company arrived and we had a really nice time catching up, the omelets were good too. After our company left we picked up our stuff outside, filled up the truck for take off tomorrow. Next stop our hometown, Keokuk, Iowa.