Children’s laughter, gunfire and privations (Sept. 19-20)

September 17, 2009

So we made a snap decision to try to go camping this weekend, which we know from past experience is not a good idea.  St. Louis has too many camping enthusiasts — well, too many who’re more well-organized than I am and have made their reservations more than two days in advance!  So I’m on the Boy Scouts’ homepage, checking out their excellent “Where To Go Camping” handbook. Here’s a link to the section that includes campground info for Missouri, plus those in nearby counties of Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.

We’d ideally like to be somewhere not overly far from Chesterfield, where M. has a German dance performance during Strassenfest at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 20). I also wouldn’t mind checking out Pioneer Days at the Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 19 and 20).  Admission to that is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for kids ages 4 to 11. You just have to love a festival that promises “sounds of music, artisans at work, children’s laughter and gunfire fill the air.”

I always marvel at anyone wanting to imitate life in pre-1840s conditions.  Modern-day camping has enough privations for me. And for the boys, too — as we discussed what to bring, with M. writing out a shopping list in the back seat of the car, he asked if we could get a three-outlet adapter for the car’s 110-volt outlet — since the current single outlet might not be enough to power everything!

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