Although we had originally only intended to stay at Lewis & Clark State Park for 5 days, things changed and we opted to stay for 2 whole weeks. Here is why: Barry had to drive up to Wisconsin during our stay and it made more sense for me to stay at this park then to move further south…..
This stay was a test of my ability to be home alone without a car for multiple days. I loaded up on groceries and settled in for the stay without a car. Without sewer and water hookups, I couldn’t do laundry or clean too much, so I relaxed!! I am a person who likes to “get things done” and this was a learning time for me. I did some work on scanning photos and updating some genealogy, but walking the dogs was my main occupation. I rode my bike and took lots of new photos. I really relaxed. For the first time in a long, long time, I don’t have that feeling of tension in my shoulders!
Now about the park: Pros: Level sites with many trees and ample shade. 50 amp electric service only. Quiet and dark at night, wide sites with lots of quiet during the day. Lots of wildlife, bird-watching and great flora everywhere. Historic and fun Weston just to the south. The home of the Pony Express, St. Joseph, just to the north with more history, a great Cajun restaurant, and Jesse James history also. Atchison, Kansas just to the west with beautiful architecture and the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. Some of the best campground hosts we have met during our travels!
Cons: No water or sewer hookups. Our original site flooded during a heavy, all day rain the first week. Verizon – 2 bars, AT&T – 2 bars, weBoosted both to 4 bars. Nothing more negative than that!!!
A big plus for me is the many Lewis & Clark Expedition historical markers. We are both history fans and following the Lewis & Clark Trail was one of my reasons for getting an RV to travel. The Mississippi River has changed course over the last couple of hundred years and, as a result, left several oxbow lakes in this areas. These are shaped like an oxbow, curved like a big arch, but without the river supporting them until it floods. The park is on one of those lakes and they have built a wonderful marker on the banks. Supposedly, it is a spiritual vortex and if you stand in the middle of it and relax for several minutes, you can feel as if you are out of your body…….didn’t work for me!
If I sat quietly at the lake, the muskrats would continue their eating……they seem to eat constantly……and they make a loud sucking noise as they eat cattails, water lilies and sedges underwater. Only a few of them were visible on the surface, the majority were underwater; I could tell by the movements of the plants.
The weather was beautiful during our stay, cooler than normal with lower humidity. Beautiful sunsets every evening with so very many stars in the night sky. We will gladly return to stay here again!