Mar 25, 2011Trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park (365:084)

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I started the day with a monster hangover.

Which, of course, was totally my own fault. I obviously ate far too much cheese. I didn’t even start to feel human until the early afternoon, and lunch today was our only dehydrated meal failure – Fruit cous cous.

Ginger in the trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park
Trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park

Something had to be done, so we went for a short hike on the park’s bluff and river trails. We found this curious trail shelter on top of the bluffs over looking the Meramec river.

Further around the trail we found a cave, albeit a very shallow cave, which the Camp Host had told us about, and unlike most of Missouri’s caves we could actually go into this one. Entry into the majority of the state’s caves is banned at the moment to protect the bats from disease and being disturbed. If you check out the cave picture carefully you’ll see I’m testing my special woolen socks with a toe that Ginger made for me to wear with my huaraches.

Cave on the Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park
Cave on the Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park

The other thing the Camp Host told us – after we’d picked our camping spot – was that there is a backpacking trail here with free camping sites. D’oh!

In the evening we went into Sullivan for a nice big fat juicy steak. Tomorrow we have to be up early and head for St Louis. We have plans to hit the REI store before picking up the kids. We’ve also been told it might snow overnight, though the weather radio is denying this.

Today’s alternate shot

Trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park
Gary and Ginger at a trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park

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