The Quarles Family has been a huge part of our lives ever since Zack officiated our marriage (I can’t really use the term “wedding” because it was just the 3 of us) almost exactly 7 years to the day (7/7/07).

Signing the marriage license. Are those shots on the bar?

In Chicago signing the marriage license. Are those shots on the bar?

Since then we’ve lived in the same 3 cities and even in the same house on one occassion.

Zack, Josh, Deke in Texas at QuakeCon.

Zack, Josh, Deke in Texas at QuakeCon.

Knowing that we’d be driving through Kansas, a stop to see Josh on his home turf was a must — that wonderful little town of Lawrence, KS.

One of the RV sections is on that point to the right.

One of the RV sections is on that point to the right.

Because of the whole root canal thing, we only got to spend two days in Kansas. The first was at the Kanopolis State Park in Marquette, KS. This is a large park (over 300 sites in two different areas) around a large body of water, so bring your boats. The campsites aren’t very private, but most have a tree and a little grassy area, so there’s a bit of shade. There’s a little beach, some trails, all types of hook up combos and of course, the water.

Our spot included about 50ft of "back yard".

Our spot included about 50ft of “back yard”.

Outside of Lawrence, there’s another great campsite by the water — Clinton Lake State Park. It’s about 15-20 minutes from downtown with enormous spots. It’s 1500 acres, and again, bring your boat! We’d  loved to stay here again — it was in a beautiful location, super quiet and had awesome 4G.

Here’s a panoramic of the back yard area.

Our neighbors were all dog people, so we ran our pups out in the yard.

Our neighbors were all dog people, so we ran our pups out in the yard.

Our stop in Kansas was short, but sweet. We got to catch up and drink some beer at Free State Brewing. We gave Josh the honor of putting the Kansas sticker on our map and in the morning we were off to St. Louis, pulling a Griswold at the Arch.