Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:  Turkey Creek, Hollister, Missouri

August 13, 2019

Temperature 96

Travel Day 

KABOOM!  That brought us straight up out of bed at 4 am.  Thunder, lots of thunder and lightening dancing all around the campground.  Rain, oh yea there was rain and more rain, and more rain.  Where in the world did this come from?  It lasted for over three hours and it was intense.  Suffice to say we never got any more sleep once it started.

Today was our travel day.  Thankfully the rain and all the other nonsense had cleared out when it was time to pack up the outside.  Within thirty minutes everything was put away.  Before disconnecting completely from the mother ship we decided to just sit back and have another cup of coffee.

Come 9 am we had Little Graybeard on the bar and we were on the road.  It was quickly obvious that this was not going to be a trip with flat and level roads.,  We were in the Ozark Mountains and one mountain climb was just as bad as the next.  If you weren’t going straight up, you were going straight down.  Many of them I was in 2nd gear crawling to get to the top at 40 mph.  Thankfully, Graybeard never missed a beat, no overheating, no hesitation.  Only one scare, really kind of funny – at least now.  When I shifted back into Drive one time I had no power.  Nothing.  What?  And my dear wife said Are you sure you didn’t put it in neutral?  Now how did she know!

Image result for highway 44 and ozark mountains

Mile after mile we pressed on.  Then we saw it Route 65 South Bound Closed Plan Alternate Route.  Well, come on now that was the way we were supposed to go.  There was a rest stop so we swung in to see if we could discover an alternate route.  Once again Barbara to the rescue.  She went to the information desk and they gave her the perfect alternate route.  Which it was.

Soon enough we were at our exit.  A short time after that we saw the entrance sign for the park.


A sign directing us to registration.


This is the office where you register.  This is where we caught up with two old friends, Charles and Linda, who are work campers at this park.  It was great to see them again and catch up a bit on what’s been going on with each of us.

Oh, and while we were registering we were given instructions in case of the following:  Flash Flooding!  Tornadoes!  This is a first for both of us.


This is our new home.  It’s a back in, gravel, not quite level side to side but OK back to front.  The jacks did their job in a matter of minutes.  We have FHU with 50 amp so running the AC will not be a problem.  Gertrude is very happy because she can get all the satellites on the western arch.  Bottom line, its a nice place to call home for a couple of weeks.  Plus, the price is right.


This is a view of the park one lane over.  The park is only about 1/3 full.  Lots, and lots of vacant sites.


That was on our day on The Road of Retirement.  Nothing earth shattering.  A lot of mountain climbing.  One detour.  But we’re home and we’re comfortable with where we are.  It’s nice being home to matter where you are.  Time to get some shut eye since we didn’t get much last night.

Thanks again for joining us.  We always enjoy your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two human soul mates.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!


  1. Glad you are both safe and hoping the weather cooperates. Barbara, you are a great copilot and support for Bill. The park looks nice and have a great time with friends.


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