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.