Trip Travelogue - South West Missouri, Oct 2004

We left North English with mid 40's temperatures on Friday, 15 Oct in search of some 70 degree weather to do some golfing. The plan was to head to South West Missouri to the Carthage area were there is a 27 hole, an 18 hole and two 9 hole golf courses that are on our golf cards (which means with CGF, complimentary green fees, we only have to rent a cart for approx $20 for eighteen holes of golf. As anticipated, the temperatures kept climbing slowly as we went South. With Charlotte the navigator in charge, we drove a typical course of no road wider than the 5th wheel. The course went as follows: Rt 63 / Rt 11 / Rt 24 / Rt 41 / Rt 40 / Rt 65. At 4 pm we arrived at a nice, small, full hook up campground for $15.00 a night just North of Sedalia, Mo.

 

 

On Friday, 16 Oct, we departed the campground at 10:30 am for the ride down to the Carthage Area. The Route was as follows: Rt 65 / Rt 83 / Rt 39 / Rt 96 / Rt 37 / Rt 44 / Rt 59. Approximately 15 miles south on Rt 39 is the town of Stockton ... compared to other towns in the area that are relatively poor and old, Stockton is a new town, very progressive looking ... certainly worth investigating further sometime. We arrived in the Carthage area and started looking at campground options. We knew what the "CubyBear" campground in the Precious Moments compound was like having overnighted there last year coming back from Arizona, nice but only electric & water, no sewer connection. Our first stop was "Ballards" campground just outside Carthage. It turned out to be a small, but very nice wooded campground with eight full hookups for $15 a night. We decided this was great and did not look any further. We settled in and will decide in the morning (Sun) whether to visit Carthage and their "Maple Leaf" festible, or perhaps check out some golf ... temperatures should be in the 70's tomorrow and the 80's Mon/Tue/Wed ....

 

 

Sunday, October 17 ... After a leisurely breakfast watching Charlotte's morning TV shows, we decided to go to Loma Linda South Golf Course, just south of Joplin, MO. There is a Loma Linda North that is slightly more upscale then Loma Linda South, although both very nice courses. They are both built back to back with $250,000 and up houses built through out both courses. The golf, with our GOLF cards, cost the two of us a total of only $21 for 18 holes. Prior to leaving this morning we put on a crockpot full of bean soup ... tasted pretty good when we got home (after some wine and marguaritas w/Cointreau chasers).

 

Monday, October 18 ... Decided to head out to Carthage Golf Course. Turned out to be a very nice 18 hole course, somewhat like the Amanas back home (no golf cart GPS, though), lots of trees and fairly narrow fairways. On a scale of 1-10 of the courses we golfed using the GOLF card, this was an 8. The weather was 76 when we started and soon was up to 85 ... What a day !!! We played with a couple who were, to be polite, less than serious golfers ... in fact, the words "complete ditz" may fit the gal ... but on the other hand very nice people. The cost was $20 for both of us ... Since it was Wayne's birthday (a true seasoned citizen now, Social Security elgible), we went out to a Chinese buffet. Not fancy but good food and less than $14.00 for the two of us ...

 

Tuesday, October 19 ... Today we headed out to the 27 hole Neosho Municiple Golf Club ... the course was really three distinctive 9 hole courses. The first 9 holes had lots of trees, doglegs with water coming into play on two of the holes. The second 9 holes (which we did not play), was supposedly the oldest 9 holes with lots of trees. The third 9 holes, had fewer trees, but there was water in play on every hole. Very challenging ... Charlotte shot a 43/47 for a 90 ... Wayne shot a 44/45 for a 89 ... On our GOLF card scale, this was probably a 9. By the way, the temperature only got up to 62 today, quite a change from yesterday.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 20 ... Today broke foggy and a relative humidity so high the air was wet, dew everywhere. But the temperature was a few degrees warmer, 62 degrees and no wind. It would only get to about 65 all day, but all in all a very nice day. We headed out to the 27 hole Neosho Municiple Golf Club again... with the three nine holes named "The Oaks" / "The Valley" / "The Lakes". We played "The Lakes " & "The Valley". Charlotte shot a 48/42 for a 90 ... Wayne shot a 45/44 for a 89 ... The same total scores of yesterday. Dinner consisted of Brown Rice(done in the crock pot while we golfed, with onions, red peppers, mushrooms, and chicken mixed in once we got home. (the 7 hours in the crock pot was just a tad bit too long for the rice, but still OK). All in all tasted pretty good after a few drinks and a great day of golfing

 

Thursday, Oct 21 ... Our last day of golfing in the area. We decided to go back to the Carthage course that we golfed Monday ... Beautiful overcast day, nice course (well, the back nine was not pretty, but we threw away that score card ...) Tomorrow we drive back to St Louis where Wayne picks up his new laptop and we camp at the Flying Dutchman Airport.

 

Friday, Oct 22 ... Closed up the camper, headed up to St Louis. The gal at the campground gave us a break, since we stayed 6 nights, the next night was free, however, we would not be able to use it ... so she only charged us for 5 nights. Every now and then you run across folk that make you feel great about mankind ... Had an easy 5-1/2 hour drive up to St Louis, picked up the new laptop (wireless lan, WiFi, XP prof ... nice laptop). We then setup camp at the airport where the locals were having a chili cookout tomorrow. Fired up the generator, easier than stringing cords all around, besides the generator needed exercising anyway.

Saturday, Oct 23 ... Great day at the Chili cookout, saw a lot of the guys I used to fly with, even consumed some adult beverage ....

 

Sunday, Oct 24 ... Headed back to Iowa ... took the scenic route along the Missippi ... great trip ....

 

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