Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Clements Family Summer Vacation - 2010

Wow, it went by fast but we had a good time.  Left Omaha on June 4th returning on June 13th and that many days away is good for the soul and good for a person's mental health.  No work, no office, no life stress, everything slowing down and moving into the RnR mode, great times. 

1st Stop - Indian Cave State Park - Shubert Nebraska in Richardson County right on the Missouri River.  A very interesting park with hills and a LOT of shade throughout the park.  Campsites were good sized and pelantiful to say the least.  No full hook ups here but thats generally not a worry for a stay of only a couple of days.  The cave is pretty cool and its ALL the way on the far end of the park, feels like you are driving forever as this park is bigger than it seems.  Part of the park includes remains of the old settlement of St Deron with a school house and a store as well as a seperate area with living history set ups including a blacksmith, soap maker and candle maker.  Another highlight of the park is the overview area at the top of the park - gret view of the river and beautiful countryside.  Our pictures are included in a slideshow on the right side of this blog so I wont include a LOT of pictures here but here are a couple (click on any pic to enlarge)...

Indian Cave
View our or door - Site 31
My Girls
Indian Cave SP Overlook - Pic does not do it justice...

We pulled out of Indian Cave on Monday at Noon headed for stop 2.

Stop 2 - Kansas City staying at Worlds of Fun Village -  Worlds of fun village is an RV'ers RV Park with all the bells and whistles, this is like the 5 STAR hotel in the hotel world - Its as good as it usually gets for Campers and Rv'ers - Cable hook ups, sewer, electrical and water, full concrete pad with a pool, hot tup, arcade, convenience store and laundry all on site...  We were definately a little fish in a big world here as there were several HUGE rigs there, many costing more than my HOUSE....  BUT, it was nice, very nice...

Tuesday in KC we really had nothing scheduled, we knew we had 3 full days to to WOF and the KC zoo so on Tuesday we did laundry, ate bar-b-que and watched it rain... 

Wednesday was Worlds of Fun, now I am telling you I will probably NEVER go to worlds of fun again on a busy summer weekend, there was NEVER a wait for Any rides and not fighting crowds was a great bonus, the park was nice, it wasn't too hot, we took in a couple shows and some rides as well as some games.  Didnt spend lots of $$$$ on the food at the park as our camper was only a few blocks away...  :-)

Thursday was the KC Zoo.  When you have the HD Zoo in Omaha you kind of get spoiled because it is as good as it gets in the US.  The KC Zoo wasnt bad by any means but just not near then quality of the one in Omaha - None the less we had a good time...  A few pics with the rest in the slideshow above.

     Arthur Bryants at the Casino
    My two favorite' s at the KC Zoo
    WOF Village Entrance                           Site 81 - WOF Village

We pulled out of KC friday at noon headed for stop 3.

Stop 3 - Viking Lake State Park - With Maggie on the fritz we took the rounte I THOUGHT she has wanted us to take by getting off I-29 north at Rock Port and going cross country up to Stanton, as it turns out it may have been better to take I-29 all the way north to the Red Oak exit and head straight east to the park - Its about 35 miles east of the interstate and the "Fastest Time" according to Maggie was going cross country - seemed like it took us forever BUT we did see some nice countryside...  Viking lake was hyped by some fellow campers and it is a nice park with a restraunt, convenience store, decent sites with sewer and water (always a plus) and very picturesque.  Warm, humid and rain off and on the whole time we were there and we were getting a bit tired so maybe that dulled my view of the park.  Not really anything wrong with it just not up to what I had expected from all the hype.  We finally had a campfire on our last night out and it was nice to relax and sit around the fire that night.  Sunday morning dodging rain while trying to pack up the camper left me a bit crabby but all in all lit was a great family trip...  A few pics of Stop 3...

Viking Lake State Park - #65
Final night campfire
Dutch Oven Egg Bake - YOU BET...

Now we just need to start thinking about our 10 day family vacation in 2011 - Branson or Rocky Mountain National Park anyone????

Until next time, save travels...

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