We left Friday morning for Doniphan, Missouri. We would attend a one day blacksmith meeting and then just R and R for another 3 days. Doniphan is a location along the beautiful Current River. It's known for some great float trips, whether by canoe, tube, raft or jet boats. Due to the cool weather, we would just be watching from the bank.
This is site #23 at KC's on the Current. All sites were available to us except #21, it would be occupied for the weekend. All 28 sites were empty.
The blacksmith was anxious to set up and try out our new camp stove/grill. Sure, we have a 2 burner inside the Casita, but there's something about grilling in the outdoors.
Friday night, without internet or TV, we watched a DVD on the laptop. Oh, I love camp life!
I love this Pioneer Log cabin which is next to the Tom Kennon Blacksmith shop. This was the site of the BAM meeting on Saturday.
This old wagon made for a cool picture too.
Saturday afternoon's BBQ lunch was served on the lawn. Blacksmiths always like a good lunch. After a tour of the local Heritage Museum, we returned to our camp site.
Remember I told you we were the only one in the 28 site place. WRONG, someone had moved in NEXT door. WHY? There were 27 other spaces available. The couple was nice, very talkative, had a nice almost new camper with all the bells and whistles, outdoor porch carpet, patio lights, outdoor refrigerator, shepherd hook with 2 lamps, BBQ grill and a camp fire already lit at 3 in the afternoon.
This is the bath house on the campground, just about 5 sites away from us. Several weeks ago, Doniphan was flooded. We were told you could take a canoe through the upper part of this bath house and almost touch the top rafters.
The trees were full of the 13 year cicada's. They were our entertainment in camp! Well that and the neighbors.
Sunday we went sight seeing, and caught the Current River in several locations.
Sunday afternoon, things got a little hairy, storms moved in. Our daughter, a news producer in Oklahoma City kept us informed of the storms, including the Joplin disaster. We got a call from Kathy, who owns the camp ground, telling us about the sirens in town and where to go in case they went off. We slept with one eye open and one ear tuned to the sky.
Our hearts go out to those effected.
To see more on the Blacksmith meeting check out Osage Bluff Blacksmith blog.