Friday, June 3, 2011

Lake Wappapello State Park, MO

It seems strange to see us parked in the Campground Host site, but here we are. Lake Wappapello is a beautiful state park, about 23 miles north of Poplar Bluff, MO. This will be our home for the next two months.
We had a tour of the park yesterday, but many areas are still closed due to the recent flooding. The other campground, Asher Creek, is closer to the lake, and many of the sites are still flooded so they haven’t opened it back up yet. The water level is going down every day, though, and they hope to have it up and running by June 15th. The camp hosts are the only ones there.
That is a lantern pole in the foreground.
All those trees used to be on dry land.
We were issued our golf cart yesterday. It doesn’t go very fast, but it’s fun to drive and ride around in. Jim looks very professional with his volunteer vest on.
Oreo wasn’t sure what to make of it.
We were told we would occasionally have to register a camper if they arrived late and were leaving the next morning before the office opened. Otherwise we should send people to the office to pay. Unfortunately the computer system in the office is not working, so we have to register and collect from everybody until at least Tuesday when they hope to have it up and running again.
When Wanda, the superintendant, was at our site last evening giving us our golf cart instructions, we heard someone drive in and much to our surprise it was an old Lazy Daze. The last time we saw one was in New Mexico. So they were our first registration!
This is a 1985 model, owned by Arlene from California. She’s had it for two years, and it had two previous owners. She drove to Missouri from California by herself, picked up a friend in Joplin, and they are on their way to Washington, DC. It was in really great shape for it’s age. That is her adorable Golden Doodle named Morgan posed next to it.
By the time we registered and talked with the other two groups that came in it was after 8, so it was a long day. Just glad the park is not very busy. Taxed our brains for the first time in awhile! We only screwed up a couple things, but realized what we did and got everything straightened out, turned in our money this morning, and are waiting for the weekenders to arrive. It’s a good way to get broken in, but we will be happy when the computer system is fixed. What with the heat, humidity, bugs, and work, Jim thinks it will be a long two months! I keep telling him to be thankful that at least we are no longer having severe thunderstorms and tornado threats (for now anyway!).


  1. Hi Guys....Jim looks like a pretty "cool" dude!! glad to get a picture of somebody I know....miss getting pictures of my girl. Stay cool and try listerine mouthwash in a spray bottle for the bugs.....Pat

  2. Jim looks very professional & ready to go:) Two mos will fly by -- at least you have a nice spot amongst the trees -- and the bugs...LOL! Take care!

  3. Just think of all the gas money you are saving. Glad to see that the weather is improving.

  4. Dammit Jim, I will NOT give you my guns! Ha, you do look professional, especially with that grin. Two months should be plenty of time to adjust to humidity. :)