Windows are something people take for granted. When we find ourselves in a situation where we spend over 8 hours a day without them, we understand their true value.

I am convinced that a “windowless life” is no way to live. Yet, I do it every school year. Yes, for over two decades I have taught in classrooms that lack windows to the outside world. 

One of the best cures for my condition is 14 miles from my driveway. Robertsville State Park has saved me from the blues associated with many a windowless day. Granted, this is a smaller state park at roughly 1,225 acres, but it packs a big punch.

Do you like to fish? This park, bordered by Calvey Creek and the Meramec River, is a spot to enjoy. The boat ramp to the Meramec stays busy year-round. There’s also a large pond (that some consider a lake) near the park office with parking spots and benches along the bank to fish from.

Is camping your hobby? The campground has 12 basic and 13 electric sites, bathroom and shower facilities, a wood lot, and typically one or two campground hosts on duty. In recent years, I have watched the park install more camping platforms that resemble high-quality decks and a beautiful new special use camping area.

During November, I noticed that a new fire pit and seating area had been installed near the shower house.

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