Lakeside Casino – Osceola Iowa

From Cameron, we continued north to Osceola, Iowa and the Lakeside Casino RV Park. We arrived early afternoon and found the RV Park to be a self-service affair. Park wherever you’d like and drop your payment in the box. We found a nice FHU site and for $20 a day it was a great deal. We visited the casino, had a nice meal at the Buffet. We enjoyed our stay, the campground was relatively quiet and we would return.

Elks Lodge #2615 in Cameron, MO

We joined the local Elks Lodge this past winter while in Florida. As a member, we can stay at Elk Lodges around the country that have accommodations for RVs. Our first opportunity to try a Lodge stay was along Highway 35N in Missouri at a very nice active lodge near Cameron. We called and learned that they had a Benefit Concert scheduled for the weekend that we wanted to stay there. They said it might be a bit noisy and crowded, but welcomed our stay. They said they had a 50 amp site and would provide us a water connection […]

Forbes LOA at Lake of the OZARK near Edwards, MO

We arrived at the FORBES Landowners Association (LOA) campground just before Memorial Day. We didn’t realize till after we arrived, that this campground was very remote. As least more remote than we were accustomed to. This campground is available to any of the landowners within FORBES LOA. It has 30amp power, water, restrooms, showers, tennis and basketball courts and a dump station. They have recently begun charging $5 a day, you pay in advance at the LOA office which is about 6 miles from the campground. We arrived just as the Memorial Day crowd was gathering filling the campground for […]

A quick day trip to Branson, Missouri

We’ve known a lot of people who’ve been to Branson Missouri, however, we’ve never been. And since Mansfield is only about 40 minutes from Branson, we decided to make a one-day trip to see what it was all about. After a bit of Googling, we decided to visit the Titanic Museum, have lunch and then see Sight & Sound production of MOSES. The Titanic museum was very interesting and we certainly learned a great deal about the history of this fateful ship.   After our visit to the Titanic, we decided to have some lunch. We’d heard good things about the […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground & Museum

As we worked our way northwestward, we decided that a stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground which is just across the road from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. Stephanie has always been a tremendous fan of the Little House on the Prarie TV show, so it seemed like we should visit Laura’s home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri. The campground is on a hillside and has been there for a few years.  It is managed by a family that has owned the campground for a few years. They are very laid back and couldn’t have been more gracious […]

Bootheel Campground, Hayti, MO

After our Natchez Trace adventure, we decided to head northwestward toward Missouri. We had scheduled a stop at the Bootheel campground for a couple days. We arrived on Sunday and the office was closed, no one could be found, so we just picked an available site and made ourselves at home.  We only stayed the one night and as a place for a quick stop over the campground is adequate. 

Stephanie’s Gosling & the Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, Hohenwald, TN ~ May14-21, 2017 We arrived at this park on Sunday, May 14. It is not too far off the Natchez Trace and it is quite remote. There are two Walmart’s, one is in Columbia which is about 45 minutes away. There is also a Mall and other stores and restaurants there. This park is a Thousand Trails park and was established in the 1980’s. It is spread out over many acres, I think at least 100 acres. There are 3 phases that were completed and more land that was never completed for camping sites. […]

Thousand Trails Natchez Trace Preserve, Hohenwald, TN

We continued north on the Natchez Trace Parkway stopping along the way and enjoying the scenic uncluttered parkway. Our trip from Tupelo sliced through the corner of Alabama and into Tennessee.  Due to an 11′ underpass at the Napier Rd exit, we continued north and near milepost 337 we exited onto highway 20 and proceeded back onto Napier road for about five miles south to arrive on a Sunday afternoon at the Thousand Trails Natchez Trace Preserve. We had booked a week long stay via their website months earlier. We have an Elite membership with Thousand Trails, and it has been a struggle to […]

Our visit to Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo was a pleasant surprise for us. I had recalled the name of Tupelo, mostly from an old Richard Pryor comedy routine which I’d heard thirty years ago. In the routine, he does his  “Mudbone” character and it went something like this: “I was born in Tupelo, you know where that is? No? Well, it’s just below “Onepelo””.  Oh well, who can explain the things that stick in your memory…LOL. Drumroll, I’d like to announce that Stephanie, my lifelong co-pilot has decided to write a bit of review of our travels.  So without further ado,  below is her write-up from our visit […]