Monday, June 27, 2016

Little Missouri State Park weekend #2


This week has been a little slower for guests. There’s campers and horses on the upper loop and two tenters at the end, but nobody beside us. One group rented out a large shelter and parked around it, with horses in the corrals beside them. One tenter is a father and son from Minnesota and the other is a couple from Pennsylvania.There’s been a few hikers that come for a couple of hours on the trails.

Curt spent a day mowing grass; otherwise it’s usually a couple of hours of work daily. The large shelter that was rented hadn’t been cleaned yet this year, so we pressure-washed the area. After people left last weekend, we cleaned up the leftover hay laying around and the pen areas. Last week when cleaning a different shelter, Curt and PJ (ranger) saw a bull snake. There was a bird nest on a board near the top of the shelter, and the snake was trying to crawl up the post, but wasn’t able to. The robin tried her hardest to get the snake to follow her and leave her babies alone. It’s hard to see in the pictures as it was a smaller snake, about 3 feet, hard to see in the grass.

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We had two nights of severe weather alerts. One had tornadoes involved and there was one sighted near Mandaree, across the river from us. We just had ugly clouds, lightening and wind at the park. The other night, again, had ugly clouds, a lot of lightening and wind. We’ve been lucky. We asked where we would go if there is a tornado; the only concrete buildings are the vault toilets. We could probably get a dozen people in each; there are six. There is the shower house (not concrete) and ranger station (log cabin).

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We had one day of 90 and now has been in the 70s, but the winds have been absolutely crazy for two days straight; 20-30 mph with gusts to 50. This week the campground is close to being booked for the upcoming 4th of July weekend. Hopefully the weather is nice.

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