We've debated staying at the Casino Queen RV Park many times, and we've always decided against this campground. The Casino Queen is in East St Louis. East St Louis frequently tops most dangerous city lists. But, it is also just across the river from downtown St Louis. We had the cleaver idea of staying at Casino Queen, getting a great campground view of the fireworks, and spend the weekend in St Louis, How did this adventure play out?
We’ve talked about a trip to Colorado longer than we’ve been camping, We mapped out a plan with a stop in Kansas, Estes Park, and Colorado Springs. Did this adventure live up to our expectations?
We set a goal: camp in all twelve months in 2018. We pulled of January - no sweat - a unusually warm and sunny weekend and we had no scheduling conflicts. February wasn’t so easy. We had a conflict every Friday and the forecast wasn’t great. But there was a shimmer of hope: a three day weekend.
After a long cold-snap, including two weeks of below freezing temperatures at home, we caught a break: The weather forecast called for a warm weekend. We scrambled to find a location and planned a quick weekend camping getaway to Lakeside 370 Campground, west of St Louis in St Peters, MO.
On our way to Georgia, we made an overnight stop at Old Stone Fort State Park, in Manchester TN., south of Nashville. Contrary to our expectations, Old Stone Fort isn’t a fort at all, but rather a Native American religious site.
Sometimes we just need to go camping. This was one of those weekends. It was the the first weekend of November and it was perfect camping weather - warm days and cool nights.
As a deviation from Cricket Camping, I took the kids tent camping for a weekend and let Jessica have the weekend to herself at home. Although we camp fifty nights a year, it had been years since we tent camped!
Shane and Jessica
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