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Missouri - WOW
« on: October 24, 2018, 08:31:40 am »
We never really heard much about Missouri but since we are on a slow wander, we decided we'd wander here for awhile. The season is almost over and many campgrounds are locking the gates next week but we have been impressed with what we've seen. Missouri has quite a few Corps of Engineer dams and lakes with gorgeous campgrounds, at least the ones we've hit. We did drive through some older loops that we would have said "nice campground" if that's where we landed but the ones we've stayed in were new or upgraded and are impressive. John was downright giddy at the $12 a night full hook ups we had at Ray Behrens rec area (with his NPS senior card). We got one of their premium first-come-first-served sites - pic below. There is a good restaurant a few miles from camp, The Oak Cabin or some such. Home cooking with good burgers, steaks, etc.

While in the area we toured Mark Twain's birthplace museum (free) and then downtown Hannibal where he grew up. For the $10 senior price we toured the museum, his boyhood home (Tom Sawyer's home), Huck Finn's house, Becky Thatcher's house and his father's workplace. We also toured the Mark Twain cave ($20), checked out the great view from Lover's Leap, and wandered the town. The birth home of the unsinkable Molly Brown is also in Hannibal but closed for the season days before we arrived. They have a river boat cruise but it was closed due to flooding. Hannibal is yet another tourist town but in a quiet old town way instead of neon signs and billboards. We didn't feel gouged.

We are now at another beautiful COE campground in the Ozark mountains in southern Missouri west of Branson. No sewer hookups so we paid $9 or 10 a night for water/electric (John can't remember, he's just happy with his lakeside site). We'll do a day in Branson but it isn't really our thing so most of our time will be at camp blogging, touring a couple National Park battlefields or out in the hills hiking.They have a beautiful visitor center at the dam with exhibits, tourist info and helpful volunteer RV hosts. Oh, they have a very cool trout hatchery below the dam, also free. They release fish nightly - rainbow and brown trout. There were a lot of anglers in that river catching trout.

So put Missouri on your list. We'll eventually have info on all this on our blog. We're trying to force ourselves to sit and get it done but the jam packed summer fun with the granddaughter is taking time. We're almost through July. So much more to go.
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Re: Missouri - WOW
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 08:38:13 am »
We've toured around Missouri a quite a bit and feel that their State Park and historic sites are in the top three in the nation.  We've never been disappointed when travelling around there, always something interesting or beautiful or both around the next bend.