Missouri Part I: Danville

We started our month of December in Missouri with our first stop in Danville. The Lazy Day Campground was located just off of I-70, about 1 hour west of the St. Louis Metro area, and about 45 minutes east of Columbia and the University of Missouri. We were also about 45 minutes northeast of the state capital, Jefferson City.

Our campground was very nice. The owners were very friendly and had purchased the place about 20 years ago. It was obvious that they had invested lots of money into the property because the infrastructure and landscaping were so attractive and established. There were about 65 total spots, but there were no more than six other sites occupied during our stay. It seemed like we had the whole place to ourselves for the two weeks we camped there.

We had Sunday Brunch at a Cajun place that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Highway 61 Roadhouse. Joel Olsteen and mimosas, go figure.

We had Sunday Brunch at a Cajun place that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Highway 61 Roadhouse. Joel Olsteen and mimosas, go figure.

Cutest totem pole I've ever seen.

Cutest totem pole I’ve ever seen.

The owners of our campground were big dog lovers, so the dog park at Lazy Day was extra great. Piper and Cessna had tons of room to roam and play chase. Lucky for me, it was a great spot from which to watch the sunrise in the mornings.

The owners of our campground were big dog lovers, so the dog park at Lazy Day was extra great. Piper and Cessna had tons of room to roam and play chase. Lucky for me, it was a great spot from which to watch the sunrise in the mornings.

We stopped at the famous Ted Drewes during one of our daytrips to St. Louis. I got a micro concrete mint chocolate chip.  I can understand why this place is world famous. During the slow months of Winter, the genius proprietor started selling Christmas trees to supplement his income. While we were there, we selected a natural pine swag to put on the front of the Monaco.

We stopped at the famous Ted Drewes during one of our daytrips to St. Louis. I got a micro concrete mint chocolate chip. I can understand why this place is world famous. During the slow months of Winter, the genius proprietor started selling Christmas trees to supplement his income. While we were there, we selected a natural pine swag to put on the front of the Monaco.

Approximately 250 fiberglass cakes are scattered throughout the St. Louis region. They’re placed at notable locations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. This one was in the neighboring community of St. Charles.

Approximately 250 fiberglass cakes are scattered throughout the St. Louis region. They’re placed at notable locations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. This one was in the neighboring community of St. Charles.

Historic downtown St. Charles.

Historic downtown St. Charles.

Taking a family hike down to the lake below our campground.

Taking a family hike down to the lake below our campground.

We signed 'the wall' at our campground.

We signed ‘the wall’ at our campground.

Our campground had a wall beside the office that was signed by campers. It was fun to read where everyone was from.

Our campground had a wall beside the office that was signed by campers. It was fun to read where everyone was from.

The Shaved Duck in South St. Louis. DDD Restaurant - one of the BEST we have visited. You are looking at French fries topped with pulled pork and rib meat, smothered in special cheese sauce and then topped off with some white cheddar cheese. We dipped our bites in their house-made bbq sauces. This is not all we ordered... it was merely the appetizer!

The Shaved Duck in South St. Louis. DDD Restaurant – one of the BEST we have visited. You are looking at French fries topped with pulled pork and rib meat, smothered in special cheese sauce and then topped off with some white cheddar cheese. We dipped our bites in their house-made bbq sauces. This is not all we ordered… it was merely the appetizer!

The captain of our adventure commemorates our time in the Midwest and anticipates our future heading west.

The captain of our adventure commemorates our time in the Midwest and anticipates our future heading west.

We spotted this outdoor fireplace at the Budweiser Brew House when we were wandering around downtown St. Louis while the temperatures were in the 30's. Seemed like a perfect excuse to sit down and have a drink.

We spotted this outdoor fireplace at the Budweiser Brew House when we were wandering around downtown St. Louis while the temperatures were in the 30’s. Seemed like a perfect excuse to sit down and have a drink.

Gateway to the West

Gateway to the West

We were the only ones parked on the historic St. Louis waterfront on the day we visited downtown.

We were the only ones parked on the historic St. Louis waterfront on the day we visited downtown.

Lewis and Clark are big around here.

Lewis and Clark are big around here.

The Missouri State Capitol

The Missouri State Capitol

The Missouri Governor's Mansion sits high on a bluff above the Missouri River. I can only imagine what the view looks like from those third floor windows.

The Missouri Governor’s Mansion sits high on a bluff above the Missouri River. I can only imagine what the view looks like from those third floor windows.

The Missouri River.

The Missouri River.

Merry Christmas from the Martin Family.

Merry Christmas from the Martin Family.

Downtown Hermann.

Downtown Hermann.

The historic town of Hermann is a popular location for tourists because the German community features several wineries located in the surrounding hills.

The historic town of Hermann is a popular location for tourists because the German community features several wineries located in the surrounding hills.

The Columns at the University of Missouri - a symbol of the Tiger spirit of resiliency.

The Columns at the University of Missouri – a symbol of the Tiger spirit of resiliency.

Jesse Hall (built in 1893) is the main administration building for the University of Missouri.

Jesse Hall (built in 1893) is the main administration building for the University of Missouri.

The Bell Tower of Memorial Union on the University of Missouri Campus.

The Bell Tower of Memorial Union on the University of Missouri Campus.

Our site a Lazy Day Campground.

Our site at Lazy Day Campground.

Crossing the Mississippi River, again.

Crossing the Mississippi River, again.

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