Enjoying family time outdoors at Smithville Lake in Clay County, Missouri
I was grateful for the rain. I knew we needed it. But after a recent week of gray skies, my family was getting a pretty severe case of cabin fever. So, when our local friendly forecaster promised sunshine for the weekend, my husband, Eric, and I jumped into action.
“Where are we going this time?” our 11-year-old son, Drake, asked excitedly when he saw us dragging out the camping equipment.
Eric and I both looked at each other with furrowed brows and laughed. We were so thrilled to be getting out of the house, we hadn’t even discussed where we were going yet.
“Smithville Lake,” I said instinctively.
There’s something special about being on the water, and Smithville Lake is one of my favorite places for finding that perfect balance of peaceful serenity and a splashing good time. “The water should be great for kayaking after all the rain,” Eric added.
A clatter came from the hallway, and I peeked around the corner to find our eight-year-old son, Simon, pulling his sleeping bag and flashlight down from the closet…along with everything else sitting on the shelf. He gave me one of his trademark grins and said, “I’m ready to go, Mom!”
An hour later we were all set, the car packed to the gills with everything we’d need for a weekend at the lake.