Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday/Tuesday Combined

Well it was so slow here in Dardenne Prairie I just didn't get to the blog yesterday, just one of those dog days that invited a nap in the afternoon and next thing you know Donna was home and the day was gone by.

Today started nice with plenty of sunny and nice but humid temps, All that came crashing to a halt about 01:30pm with a loud thunder storm and hard rain, Looks like my Iowa getaway will have to wait, the forecast says sunny for tomorrow. Looked at the Midwest weather map, what do you think, all depends on if the clouds move east.


All the above doesn't include the spot thunderstorms that pop up out of no where like today.

Poor Rigg's is sitting looking out the back door like, "oh no rain again." I was going to take him to the doggie park today but that is off, if he wants to swim he can just run around in the rain, fat chance since he just likes to sit out thunder storms.


Fort Madison Ia

Fort Madison IA area yellow road is Hwy 61 from MO. 

Duck Haven Campground Ft Madison Ia.

                     Duck Haven Campground

Duck Haven Campground  This is a cheap place to stay grass, water, 30 amp electric, definitely not an overnight stop to get some sleep as you can see it is within a few hundred feet of the busiest transcontinental railroad line in the country. However if you love trains, and photograph them or you are a fisherman and like river fish if you look at the above picture on the left in green is a slough of the Mississippi River I have seen river cat pulled out of there that are just beyond belief.The showers and bathrooms are new and clean and the last time I stayed there it was either 12 or 14 dollars a night.

So when I do make the trip this is where I stay, Fort Madison also has some sightseeing, it is a typical Iowa river town but it does have a Casino and a museum down by the river. It is also close to Nauvoo IL where the Mormon temple is located.

That's about it for today. Be safe out there, Sam & Donna.


  1. Wish you could send some rain out our way!! It's hot and humid here in TX! I wouldn't mind some thunder and lightning either...except that can be scary in an RV....right? I guess I'll find out in 10 days!


  2. I can see how Duck Haven Campground would be an ideal place for those that enjoy trains/photography or some good fishing. I hope the weather cooperates so you can make you trip very soon. This is typical summer type weather with showers/thunderstorms in the afternoons. We've had those lately.

    Take care!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  3. Thanks for the info on the Duck Haven Campground. It sure sounds like a pretty good deal and I don't mind trains at all either.

  4. We have always liked the distant sound of a train whistle in the night. Seems no matter where we go in the States we always seem to be within the reach of a train whistle somewhere. I grew up in my younger years about 300 yards from a train station & tracks. In those days it was all steam engines & they were an everyday part of my life. I can still hear the chugging & still smell & see the everpresent steam. The shunting of box cars & the swinging of lanterns. The steam whistle & the huge puffs of black smoke followed by the smell of burning coal. Sometimes the engineer would spin the big train wheels on the tracks & sometimes he would wave to the small boy standing transfixed on the porch not far away. Aw yes, those were the days:))

  5. We were out running errands when you got that screenshot of the radar. There was a BIG red blob with a flash flood warning on top of us. We survived and stayed dry. It's nice to not have to worry that we might flood when we are gone. 3 days and counting...

  6. Unlike other posters, I'm glad for your input on Duck Haven so I know never to stay there. All those trains would drive me crazy. :)

  7. Looks like a nice campground for those train buffs... and hope you get some good shots! All these storms should be through the mid-west before the weekend... hope so!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  8. I live about 500 ft from the tracks...We have no central air, so with windows open on warm summer nights...well. let me just say the trains come by about every 1/2 hour...We are in Indianapolis at our daughter's for 5 days...best 5 nights of sleep I will have for a long time!!

  9. I would talk to my friend in Montgomery City, MO. I would find whatever the weather was there, we could expect about the same two days later in NJ.