Rock Port, Missouri: Population 1,318

This afternoon, Dave and I took a work break and drove around Rock Port, Missouri. It was absolutely gorgeous outside, and the wind turbines were gently… generating power. As it turns out, Rock Port was the first city in the United States to be 100% wind-powered! How ’bout that?

Wind Farm

This is an agricultural area and everywhere you look there is land being farmed.

Fields

No small town is complete without a General Store.

General Store

And as many folks know, small towns come with (many) small churches.

Church

Every time we explore I spend part of that time with the camera down. I like to just take things as they come and experience being in the place where I am in that moment. I didn’t realize that my camera-free time was when we were in Nebraska! Oops!

While in Nebraska we saw the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station, which made us immediately wonder about the flood that occurred here in 2011 and what happened to the Nuclear power plant. You can read about that here. Dave thinks Nuclear power plants are interesting, as for me, they make me nervous.

That covers it for Rock Port! We reach a new location tomorrow. Cheerio!

Long Day, Short Night: At Rock Port, Missouri

We are in for the night, currently in Rock Port, Missouri. Today’s driving time ended up being close to 4 hours, which is much longer than we would normally go in a day, but it made sense for today. We took a break for lunch, later needed a fuel stop and some DEF, then yet another quick rest break and finally – we are in for the night. Somehow our time on the road clocked in at close to six hours, not including departure/setup times. Travel days are long days no matter how you slice it!

Home

Even after a long day, it was really nice to walk around and take photos once we got here.

Dave

And it’s always fun to watch Frodo explore a new area. This dog was meant to travel, he’s having the time of his life!

Frodo

Tomorrow we plan to check out the area where we are and see if we can get a taste of life here. From the little I’ve seen, it looks like a neat place!

RV Park

We’re in for a cold night, so send some warm thoughts our way!

A Quick Glance: Columbia, Missouri

Today it was rainy and overcast in Columbia, Missouri, but in between a grocery and fuel run – we did manage to check Columbia out just a bit!

We’re both tired and run down, but we drove by Stephens Lake Park – so of course, we HAD to stop so I could take some photos! I’m so glad I did!

For one thing, I saw for the very first time ever in real life, a Little Free Library! Well hello Columbia! What a nice way to greet me!

Little Free Library

Stephens Lake Park is a beautiful place. There were people walking, running, and biking, and a few folks were there to walk their dog.

Stephens Lake Park

From the perspective of traveling with a dog, it is an excellent place to go hang out for a bit with Fido (or in our case, Frodo)! The park has a great sidewalk (super handy after a day of rain!), and trash containers never too far from reach. I didn’t notice any doggie-bag stations if they have them, but we always have those with us anyway.

The park not only had trash cans sprinkled about, they also had recycle bins! Lots of them! In fact, I noticed there were also recycle bins at the gas station, as well as clothing donation drop-off bins. Yay Missouri!

In case you are wondering, yes, Stephens Lake Park does in fact, have a Lake! A sign mentioned something about boating and fishing…

Stephens Lake Park_The Lake

What a nifty place to take in the Fall colors!

Stephens Lake Park_More Lake

Just a quite note about the grocery store. I shopped at Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain I have never heard of before and I thought it was important to mention what I found. HEALTHY FOOD! I’m adding those note so I’ll remember, but if any of you out there have dietary restrictions, this store (at least the one in Columbia) had great real food options. So if you are one who cooks from scratch, or reads the label carefully on anything that comes in a package, be sure to check out Hy-Vee, you may find some great snack options!

That’s all from here! We hit the road again tomorrow. Cherrio!

Just Passing Through: St. Louis & Columbia, Missouri

Today we drove through St. Louis, Missouri. Wow, what a city! St. Louis is on the top of my list of places to visit and spend time. It was a very unique city to pass through, more so than any I have seen. I didn’t get a photo of the arch, but I did catch this:

Mississippi River at St. Louis

This photo was taken just as we were passing over the Mississippi River (St. Louis, Missouri). I am very happy I was able to catch this – the road was really bumpy, and our windshield was full of dead bugs. Note to self: clean windshield asap! I am always impressed when I can take a photo from a moving vehicle, given the bumpiness of the ride, this photo is quite impressive!

Columbia, Missouri

Tonight we are resting our heads in Columbia, Missouri and hope to be able to grab some photos of the area tomorrow. This is a beautiful area, however, it is expected to rain all day tomorrow. We’ll at least have to make a grocery run so I will take any opportunity I can to get some photos.

I look forward to the part of our travel when it becomes true travel and not rushing from one point to another. We’re almost there though – the light at the end of the tunnel is near!