A Darling Campout
After what seemed like several weeks of hot Iowa summer weather, we finally caught a break last weekend--just in time for a planned five day trip with friends to an old favorite, Lake Darling. The others all had sites right on the lake shore. I however had grabbed a full hookup site up the hill on the next road. The weather cooperated beautifully with temps in the high 70s-low 80s and some high 50s at night.
The park features some great trails lined with late summer wildflowers. I got a long walk in Monday morning and a shorter one on Tuesday. Some rode bikes but I didn't take mine. Afternoons were busy with some serious bag tournaments ( awarding medals in honor of the Olympics) and table games.
The food of course was fantastic. One night we had an excellent pork loin, another chicken prepared two ways, and another smoked chicken wings. Salads, veggies and other accompaniments were outstanding. I believe I suffered from TMD--too much dessert. Zucchini cake, Oreo delight, peach pie and apple cobbler. But one can't be rude.
Campfires every evening took advantage of the great weather. We were entertained by the Tom and Ron comedy team with some far-fetched sounding stories of their wild youths on the farm. Followed by great sleeping, it was a pretty darn good week.
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