Day 3 had us leaving Columbia and going to Sedalia. Bronson has always been a bit of a train nut, and I enjoy history, so we headed to the restored Katy Depot. Turns out there was a lot less about trains and a lot of history - like did you know there was a big Woodstock-like music festival outside Sedalia in 1974? The promoter had assured town officials it would be for no more than 50,000 people, but printed tickets for over 230,000? And many more than that came? In July - when it was hot, not nearly enough facilities (camping/shower/bathroom/etc.) - many people ended up just going nude. Not what you think of in the Ozarks, huh? Anyway, it was an interesting place...
From there, we enjoyed a ginormous buffet lunch during which I laughed harder with my kids than I have in a long time. Most of it can't be repeated and was completely inappropriate, but we had a blast!
After lunch, we went to the Bothwell Lodge Historic State Park outside Sedalia.
It was breath-takingly beautiful. A grand old house built in the early 1900s on/in a bluff by an influential man in Sedalia history. He willed the house to friends until they were gone and then it was to be offered to the state of Missouri, which obviously accepted it and has maintained the house and grounds.
We got to tour inside, which still has many of the original furnishings. The house is 12,000 square feet - 30 rooms!
It was a great tour. The views from every window were amazing.
Afterward, we did some more hiking and exploring. This was probably my favorite time of the weekend.
When we finished another several hours of hiking, back to the hotel and dinner and catching some more Zzzzs to get ready for Sunday's fun!