It’s Camping Season! Dr. Edmund Babler State Park

The weather is beautiful in St. Louis in May.  Spring time is a great time to go camping before the intense heat of summer hits.  My family and I took advantage of a beautiful early spring weekend in February and went camping at Dr. Edmund Babler State Park.  The state park is in St. Louis County and has a campground!  We had a spacey corner camping spot.  Being February, the trees were still leafless.  But it was a beautiful weekend with temperatures near 70, which is perfect to me.  Although, some people  gave me a funny look when I said we were tent camping in February.  =)  The campground is open year round.  Some of the facilities are not available though.  We were taking one last hike before we left when I finally read a sign saying that the only water was at the campground hosts’ site.  I wish I had seen the sign earlier!  We ran into town to buy water.  Also, the bathroom in the main picnic area was open but everywhere else you had to use the vault toilette, otherwise known as an outhouse.

We set up camp at one of the tent camping spots.  Most of the campgrounds have electricity and water at each site (in the summer months) except for a few tent sites that are cheaper.  We brought our bikes.  And the kids enjoyed riding up and down the tent sites.  Babler is known for its difficult bike paths and many people come to train on the steep hill roads.  We went on two bike rides with the kids.  The bike path was closed so we had to ride on the road.  Remember to drive slowly if you are in the park.  I am hoping that they will reopen the bike path so the kids will be able to ride without worrying  about cars.  We all took at least one spill =S.  But mine was the worst, I ran into the guard rail going faster than I should have been going.  I was lazy and wanted speed so I could get as far up the next hill as possible! I seemed fine after but two days later I took a throw in jiu-jitsu and tore my knee in the spot I hit it.  So be careful out there!

   

We also tried two of the hikes in the park.  The kids and I hiked Hawthorn Trail, a 1.25 mile trail.  The hike is a circle and comes back to the beginning point.  It runs through two different forest areas.  One side is covered in PawPaw trees.  I want to go in spring sometime to see it all in bloom.  When we were there the trees were bare still.  But I did see a woodpecker.  It had red on its head but I am not sure if it was a red headed wood pecker.  

The next day the whole family hiked the Dogwood Trail.  This was an enjoyable hike, although I remember there being some steep areas.  Make sure to stop and see the CCC era buildings in the middle of the hike and the cemetery and spring.  The equestrian trail crosses Dogwood Trail several times but we were able to stay on the trail by using a map and following the signs.

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I would love it if people would share some of the favorite foods that their mother’s would make while camping.  My grandmother always sliced ham and cooked it on a grill over a fire along with several cans of green beans and potatoes wrapped in tin foil and placed in the fire.  My mom made packets with steak, zucchini, onions, carrots, potatoes, and sometimes peppers.  You cut them up, sprinkle them with oil and season salt and then wrap them in tin foil.  You place the tin foil in the coals of the fire and cover them with coals.  I think it usually took about 20 min, although we often ran out of patience before it was done.  =)

My Grandmother Carmen with my cousin Roxie, Great Grandmother Mable (who is originally from the Ozarks), and my Aunt Judy, all women who taught me to love camping!
My mother, brothers and I camping in Idaho at Crater’s of the Moon
My kids and I camping at Babler in St. Louis

 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hairstyles says:

    Good website! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  2. Free Stuff says:

    Good day! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa? My site covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the way!

  3. I just want to tell you that I am just new to blogging and site-building and honestly liked this web blog. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You really come with fabulous posts. With thanks for sharing your web site.

  4. I just want to say I am very new to blogs and seriously enjoyed your page. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You definitely come with excellent article content. Bless you for sharing with us your web page.

  5. I just want to tell you that I’m newbie to blogs and truly enjoyed this web blog. More than likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You really come with fabulous writings. Thank you for sharing your website page.

  6. I just want to tell you that I am just new to blogging and seriously savored you’re blog site. Very likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You certainly have incredible articles and reviews. Appreciate it for sharing with us your webpage.

  7. CBD for sale says:

    Nice post. I learn something more challenging on distinct blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content off their writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d choose to use some with all the content in my small weblog whether you do not mind. Natually I’ll provide a link on your own internet weblog. Many thanks sharing.

  8. It?s difficult to locate well-informed people on this topic, yet you seem like you understand what you?re discussing! Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.