Finally, Fall

The first weekend of fall found us at our beloved Loyd Park, weathering storms, high humidity, and heavy downpours. We love this time of year, when, as the poet Humbert Wolfe said so beautifully, “the air is wild with leaves.” Autumn has a certain scent, thanks to abscission (from the Latin ab, meaning “away,” and…

A Wet-Turned-Wonderful Weekender

Once again, the weather forecasters┬áseemed to agree we would have a wet weekend, with 80 percent coverage in some areas. What they couldn’t agree on was the timing. Clearly, other campers were deterred by the dire warnings. But we pressed ahead, knowing that being holed up in Cloud 9 would be as good or better…

Is it Hot Enough for You?

We spent our second consecutive July weekend at Loyd Park discussing the political news, walking our doggies, and enjoying grilled foods. Colleagues have asked how we can go camping in triple-digit temperatures, and the answer is simple: The temperatures are just as hot at home. With the major parties’ political conventions now over, the contest…

A Little Loyd Goes a Long Way

We spent the weekend at our favorite backyard campground, Loyd Park, a place we’ve visited at least once a month for almost a year. There is a certain calm here that is restorative. As we like to say, a little Loyd goes a long way. When we arrived on Thursday evening, many in Britain were…

Summer Sizzler

We returned to Cedar Hill State Park, after nearly a yearlong absence, to enjoy a lakeside site on the Coyote Crossing camping loop. The mid-June temps soared into the upper 90s, prompting heat advisories and indoor activities. The sites in this loop are relatively shallow, so most occupants were tent campers. We noticed several tents…

Symphony of Song

One thing that stood out for us this weekend was the array of songs we heard from a variety of birds. The forest was filled with a symphony of song. Of course, it’s a sign of spring, as males use their songs to attract females in their mating ritual. Regardless of the purpose, the effect…

April Showers and Birthday Flowers

We planned to visit Jon’s mother in the St. Louis area for his birthday weekend, but a bedbug infestation forced us to postpone our visit. Still, we used our vacation days for a long weekend at our favorite backyard park. The weekend weather forecast called for a major rain event. Fortunately, the rain held off…