Plans in jello, that’s for sure!
We started our travels Saturday destined for Bennett Springs State Park in Missouri, a comfortable 200 mile drive. We planned to stay there for a couple of days, then go to Beaver Dam State Park in Carlinville, IL for awhile where we could pick up our mail from our son. This would mean maybe about one more week on the road before home to Quincy.
When we got near the cutoff to turn south off of US 54 to Bennett it just past noon. Too early to be settling in? On a whim, I pulled out the trusty android and started checking other options, distances and campgrounds. In fact, we were making great time and could even be back in Quincy before dark if we didn't stop. Suddenly with a lovely driving day that just made perfect sense.
As it turns out, I’m writing this on Monday and have just seen on the weather that along yesterdays' route Jefferson City, Mo, got an unexpected NINE inches of snow overnight. Boy did we luck out in making that last minute change in plans!
We pulled in front to our house at 5:30 with 380 miles covered for the day. We agreed to unload nothing but necessities and the refrigerator after the long travel day.
It wasn’t but a few minutes later when our neighbor, John, came out to invite us to dinner at their house. John’s wife, Stacy is recovering from ankle surgery and so he played chef with some awesome steaks on the grill. John had taken on the Herculean effort of snow removal at our place when the big snow hit in January and so we had brought them back a case of a variety of wines from California. We ended up sitting at their house far too late considering Stacy needed her sleep but had a really enjoyable evening. It was a reminder of how great it is to be back home in our wonderful neighborhood with our great hometown friends. Just like our RV friends, seems our neighbors weren’t going to let us cook on a travel day!
We’ll head down to our son’s house in Carlinville by the weekend to pick up mail so I can get our taxes done.
Other than that our next several weeks will probably be pretty boring compared to the last 10 weeks, so I won't be blogging much until we are back on the road again.
Thanks for joining us on our first trip to the gorgeous Southwest!
I’m already working through the details of our next adventure!