My sister is having a birthday this month.Which got me thinking about birthdays in general.
When I am doing character development, I hardly ever give my characters a birthday, which is odd. So many things revolve around our birthdays like which year we start schooling, if our birthday parties were more outdoors like swimming or winter activities like skating. My sister almost always had her birthday out of school because of spring break, but I almost always had finals on my birthday because it is the last week in April. I have a friend whose birthday is two days after Christmas and she always felt like her family never celebrated her birthday. She always said people gave her whatever Christmas gift they didn’t want because it was free and easier than standing in the return line.
Anyway, on that thought, I’ve decided next set of characters I work on creating will have specific birth dates, not just a decade or year, but a specific date. I think that could create some interesting character traits.
I am a little older than I used to be, and for my brithday, we went camping. Ever been to Ha Ha Tonka?
I took this image from: http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/hahatonk.htm. This site has some of the history of Ha Ha Tonka. Sadly, this manision only survived about 20 years before fire destroyed it. The home originally looked over a side branch of the Lake of the Ozarks. When the Bagnell Dam was built in 1929-31, the lake disappeared, leaving Ha Ha Tonka castle overlooking a spring.
Still beautiful but not a lake.
If you are looking for a mildly strenuous hike, take the Spring trail up to the castle. They say its 316 stairs one way. I counted 357 on the way down. Even the dog was exhausted.
Other than hiking Ha Ha Tonka, we enjoyed camping on the lake. We had classic camp food (s’mores, dutch oven cobbler, foil steamed vegetables, grilled meat, bacon), two evenings just staring at the fire and relaxing, card games by lantern light, and just us. It was wonderful. Even the dog enjoyed his time sniffing around.