Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog

Marilyn & I were in bed by 9:00 last night and slept great! We didn’t get up this morning until a few minutes before 7:00. Wow! Nearly 10 hours of sleep!

We felt really good so we opened the windows in the living room and turned on the fireplace, but not the heater part. We only wanted the ambiance.

Marilyn had prepared the coffee last night so that all I had to do was push the button to start the bean grinder and wait for that fresh, hot coffee to be ready.

When Marilyn came down the steps to the kitchen, I heard her exclaim “Oh No!”

The coffee had run out of the pot, all over the counter, down the front of the cabinets and was on the floor, too!

I jumped up to help her and we soon had that mess cleaned up.

She checked things over and made a second pot. This time she forgot to take the old grounds out of the basket and the pot ran over for a second time. This time, the words from her mouth were a bit stronger than “Oh No!” LOL

This time she made a strong effort to clean things properly before putting it back together. The third time was a charm!

We sat together sipping our coffee and reflecting on 9-11.

Our little problems are nothing when compared to the much larger issues facing us as a nation.

We will get started on the third leg of our journey back to Hannibal after while. We are in no hurry to get out on the highway in rush hour traffic.

Another five to six hour drive today, through Kansas City, and we will be with our family. Woo-Hoo!

Well, dear readers, it is time for us to get started. I’ll complete this journal entry when we are all set up in our new back yard.


As we prepared to leave this morning, we were feeling much better about things. A good rain last night had cooled the temperature and left everything nice and crisp. I was outdoors rolling up a cable when Marilyn began pulling the bedroom slide into the stow position. I looked up in time to see the waterfall heading my way, from the slide topper. I stepped back in time to miss most of the water. We shared a laugh about that, wondering what else could happen on this trip.

We were making good time today and then, about 10 miles west of Macon, MO, all traffic in the east bound lanes was stopped. There had been an accident and a medical helicopter was landing on the highway ahead of us. We were stopped for about 45 minutes all together, but were all set up in our site at Mark Twain Cave Campground by 4:30 in the afternoon.

Jennifer, Steve, and the two grandkids showed up with pizza, breadsticks and soft drinks, and the fun began.

Colby warmed right up to us but it took Lauren a little while.

We are keeping both the little ones tomorrow so we will be having a grand old time for sure.

Lots of hugs and kisses! Man, Life is Good!

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