Mary and John....hosts with the most....
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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Meramec State Park
After spending one night in Eureka's Wallmart parking lot we arrived at Meramec State Park to the friendly world of Mary and John. We all met at Fort DeSoto County Park last winter when we hosted there. Mary and John were the veterans who taught us the tricks of the trade. Mostly that involves how to think about one's volunteer position and how to keep alive the love when cleaning up your 4 thousandth cigarette butt or errant garbage that got tossed into the woods instead of the dumpster. Always in good attitude they rubbed off their good nature onto us.
They have been hosting here at Meramec for many years and love it so much it is like it is their own park. They know it inside and out and have seen it go through its changes over the years
John drove us around the park to get us acquainted. I failed to get in pictures much of what the park has to offer. We have agreed to come back when we have at least a week to stay and experience this wonderful park. He did show us the cave that is right on the grounds. We were not there at a convenient time for us to take the tour but again that will be when we come back. Off to town to have a fabulous Mexican lunch. Then on to an outlet store where we found some excellent T-Shirts for a $1 each!! Then to groceries and back to the park for a swim. AHHHHH...the Meramec River was cool and refreshing and gorgeous!
A shower and now to prepare some dinner for the 6 of us. We got to defrost and share bluefish that Mary and Andy had caught together in Flagler Beach!! It was all delicious and total fun to get all caught up with what everyone was doing. Sleep over took us late that night with dreams of floating down the river tomorrow on tubes
John and Mary arranged for us to borrow nice big river tubes....John had them all strapped onto his truck and we were off....up about 6 miles to a place to put in. It took about 2 hours for us to gently float down river to the park. I wish I could have brought my camera to show you the beauty and interest along the way. It was glorious!! Caves and rocks looming over us, huge trees decorated the shoreline along with wading birds and children fishing with their pant legs rolled up like Huck Finn. It was story book perfect!
A drying off and gathering up our stuff we all headed off to the Visitors Center or VC as it is called by those in the know....to share in a pot luck lunch to accommodate hostess Jeanine's Jambalaya!! The table could hardly hold everything the hosts, and park employees brought. Andy and I brought an orange salad and figured it was all in our honor. A true Meramec send off! I wonder if they do that for all their guests?