Another Chapter Closing

It is time to close another chapter in our world of living on the road. We’ve met new people, made more new friends and have another place to return should we want to in the future. This has been a busy year for me. Carol had the opportunity to get her shoulder fixed. Since she was not working regularly she did some sewing and quilting in the Clubhouse. Her last job was finished last night in the ticket booth at the Haunted Trail in the water park.

At the end of March, we traveled north and encountered snow. This was a new experience for us Texans. Coming from Corpus Christi, snow was not a common sight.  Between Paducah, KY and  St. Louis, MO we were Searching for Spring and discovered that Winter was not over just yet. DSCN0304We arrived at Mark Twain Landing (MTL) and discovered Spring was going to be delayed. The weather stayed colder longer than normal for the season. Snow turned into rain. Storms surrounded us. We encountered a couple of tornado warnings and hunkered down in the central bathroom waiting for Mother Nature to unleash her wrath. MTL was spared but some of the farms in the area suffered damage to their barns and out buildings.


With the rain and melting snow from further North, we saw the Mighty Mississippi River at flood stage. Parts of Hannibal, MO were closed. Flood gates were up and kept the historic safe. We drove up to Lover’s Leap to get a good view of the river.

DSCN0362The water park (Splash Landing) had a slow start because the water temperature was slow to warm. Once the temperature warmed up, the crowds came and enjoyed the huge wave pool and slides.

SpalshLanding2013From repairing rotted floors and roofs, to laying tile, to cleaning window A/C units, to erecting a 40 foot fence, to replacing the sliding doors on 11 cabins with standard entry doors, to replacing worn out electrical service panels, I had plenty of work to keep me pretty busy.

Work summaryCarol enjoyed her time working on the gate in the RV park, ticket booth at Splash Landing and working with the Trail of Terror. Together we enjoyed leading Camper Church. We had great turnouts each week and received several comments from folks who enjoyed the messages.


We worked with some great people. Saying good-by was not easy. Many of these left shortly after Labor Day while we hung back for another month of work,

Workampers MTLMonday October 28th it was our turn to depart to a new destination. As the sun sets on this chapter of our journey, a new chapter awaits us at Tremont Campground.

DSC_0600Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

4 responses to “Another Chapter Closing

  1. Wow, both of you helped keep that park running! Good photo of the Mississippi River and the sunset.

    • Thanks Susan. There were 2 guys taking care of golf carts, 5 on landscape, 4 on maintenance, 5 on reservations, 8 in housekeeping, plus at least 15 lifeguards. This is a large park plus it is 25 yo so lots of maintenance going on. Had a good experience, but ready for the smoky mountains.

  2. It was all good. But time to move on…….

  3. Bob & Carol Higginbotham

    Hope that you have a safe journey to the Great Smokey Mountains. Let us know more when you get there.

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