Hello everyone!
I just wanted to post a little update about some fun we’ve had this summer.

We got season passes to our local amusement park and have been having a blast there when the weather allows. Sadly, we’ve only had time to camp one weekend so far, but we did have a lot of fun on a family vacation to visit relatives in Kansas.

Our trip started in St. Louis and the City Museum. If you’ve never been there, it is loads of fun. It’s a huge indoor/outdoor playground with lots of things to climb and explore. My husband and kid got to do more activities due to my ankles, but I still had fun. The museum has several gift shops inside, including one that I really liked! It had a machine that made woven shoelaces right there. The lady running the shop was incredibly nice and helped me pick out some pride themed shoelaces, patches and a pin for my kid.

Next, we took a tour of Starks Cavern. Our tour guide, Lee, was tremendously nice. He showed us so many neat things about the caverns and talked to us about how it’s been used by nature and humans for a long time.

Then, since we were so close by, we stopped by the Lake of the Ozarks for some hiking and swimming in the lake. The water was so nice! It was clean, a wonderful temperature, and it wasn’t particularly crowded. We didn’t get to swim for very long, but it was wonderful. On our hike, we met two very nice ladies who chatted with us about Purdue. The view from the highest point on the trail was lovely. We could see a huge portion of the lake, though the lake itself is very large in comparison. Lots of people were enjoying the wonderful weather on their boats and jet skis.

On our day in Kansas, we went to a family reunion for my mother-in-law. It was nice seeing so many family members. Our kid made some new friends with some cousins, and we drove around a tiny town with a population close to 400. My mother-in-law showed me a lot of places from her childhood. It was really neat! I know it might not be exciting to some people, but I had a lot of fun. I love driving around and looking at the scenery, and it’s a bonus when it comes with a backstory! We were going to drive over to the Rustle Stover chocolate factory and get some treats, but the store side of the factory closed during COVID, so we didn’t get to do that.

Our last day of vacation we went to the St. Louis arch and did a small riverboat cruise. It was my first time being on a boat! We had a little snack on it, and enjoyed the scenery. It was really cool being inside the arch. The windows at the top are tiny, but you can see so much of the city from up there.

Overall, it was a wonderful family vacation. We got to do and see many new things, chatted with so many cool people, and had a lot of fun. Missouri has plenty of great things to see and do if you like nature and the outdoors. Next time, maybe we’ll go camping!