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Roaring River March 2014 (Part 2)

Welcome back for part 2 of the Roaring River State Park trip report. We spent most of Friday and Saturday at the Roaring River Trout Hatchery and around the nearby streams. This area is awfully nice and the kids really enjoyed it. I’ve added some pictures to the Roaring River State Park Gallery showing the kids feeding the fish and enjoying the hatchery. The river is fed from a spring near the hatchery. You can see the spring pool and gorge in the video below. Like most of the videos we post, this one was taken with a GoPro Action Camera using a DJI Phantom quadcopter. The video is uploaded to our YouTube Channel and embedded below:


This area is pretty awesome for kids as they have trout food vending machines near the hatchery and the trout just go nuts when the food is thrown in. The kids truly didn’t want to leave. I ended up waiting for two to fall asleep in the radio flyer wagon before putting them in the car.

I did not get a chance to fish with the kids, but there were plenty of people there to fish. The state park seemed to be a popular campground for trout fishermen. As the sun was going down on Friday we did get a chance to watch them stock the river after 7pm. I was amazed at how many and how big the fish are that they release around the hatchery. The ranger doing the stocking was releasing full nets of trout at intervals along the river. The kids enjoyed watching that as well.

The kids enjoying a local playground.

The kids enjoying a local playground.

On Friday, we also had a chance to spend a little time in Cassville, MO. We had to make an unexpected trip to Wal-Mart. This was our first trip of the season, so I guess forgetting a few things in ok. I desperately needed some snacks for the kids. Since our site was near a water faucet I grabbed a longer water hose as well. To be honest, since Mom did not make the trip, I cheated and fed the kids there as well. Popcorn chicken comes in handy some times. I also took the time to take the kids to a local park in Cassville. It was a little cool, but there was energy to burn after dinner. They enjoyed themselves and it was just what we needed before heading back to camp for the night. It didn’t take long for everyone to just fall asleep where they were laying once we got back to the trailer. That is how I know it was a good day.

Well, please check back with us in a week or so. I’ll final report will be on our half day trip to the Promise Land Drive-Thru Zoo in Eagle Rock, MO. I did not use the quadcopter there, but we did have the GoPro on the truck windshield for a great point of view thru the zoo. Hope to see you back soon and enjoy your camping adventures!