First Anniversary Weekend

I know I’m a couple weeks late, but I finally downloaded the pictures from our anniversary and wanted to share them (and I, um, may or may not be avoiding working on lesson plans).

The weekend started out a little stormy, but we ended up planning a last minute camping trip to Lake of the Ozarks, just for one night (that was originally Derek’s plan, but he hadn’t been able to work out the details). Thanks to the generosity of our housemate Maria in loaning us her car, we were able to do it. As much as I love Kansas City, it was refreshing to get out of the city for even a short trip and nice to spend time with just Derek.

It was about a three hour drive, full of open fields and beautiful skies.

We stayed in a little camping cabin (no kitchen, with a communal bathroom next door)

After we checked in, we went hiking at one the state parks along the lake.

The path we took went up to a cliff top overlooking the lake. As we sat there for a while, a few turkey vultures swooped in front of us, close enough that we could hear the wind in their wings. It was incredible.

Later, the path wound by an old homestead site. All that’s left now are several clusters of yucca plants and a row of old tombstones from the early 1800’s (I happen to think old cemeteries are fascinating, so I was excited).

That night we cooked dinner over the campfire….

….And then made coffee over the campfire the next morning, before trekking back to Kansas City.

All in all, it was a beautiful, restful (though short) weekend celebrating our first year together.

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  1. These pictures are purty! I like that you kept with the rustic theme you established on your honeymoon… and I’m glad Derek kept his shirt on while drinking coffee… this time.

  2. Beautiful pictures! Lol to your sisters comment about Derek keeping his shirt on.

    I am also a fan of old cemeteries. it’s so fascinating to think about all the lives that are represented there…

    • Thanks!

      And my sister’s comment was referring to this picture from our honeymoon, where he’s drinking coffee in our cabin without a shirt on, which some people apparently thought was a little scandalous for facebook :-P.

  3. brooke

     /  September 5, 2010

    what a lovely place for an anniversary. so great to get outdoors and away from the city, eh? you two are cute.

  4. Looks like you guys had a blast glad you enjoyed it. I especially love the last photo. Did Derek make that Vase for you…he had asked Kristina about how to. We can’t wait to see you guys in November ! I told Derek your more that welcome to stay with us if you need to.


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