Kirksville, Friends, and Pizza Night at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
We spent last week in the thriving metropolis of Kirksville, Missouri. Kirksville is a small town of about 17,500. It is located approximately 2.5 hours by car from any reasonably sized city – Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Omaha are all just out of reach. Impressively in the middle of nowhere, really.
Good friends of ours, Kate and Mike, moved to Kirksville about a year ago when Mike began school at Truman State University’s medical program. Their transition from living in the heart of Chicago to Kirksville was somewhat of a culture shock.
My other 2 friends, Katy and Sarah, still live in Chicago and they had planned a trip to visit Kate at the beginning of May. Kelly and I had originally planned to be much further south at this point, so we weren’t expecting to try to meet up with them. However, since our plans changed and we have been bopping around the midwest, it just so happened that it was easy for us to route over to Kirksville so that the 4 of us could spend a weekend together.
We had a great time catching up.
Kate and Mike were nice enough to let us driveway surf for the weekend. It was Kate’s birthday so they had a get together Saturday night. We got the awning out to show off the RV for anyone who was interested 🙂
Unfortunately Katy and Sarah had just a short time to visit – they took off Sunday morning. Kelly and I decided to stick around Kirksville for the week. Thousand Hills State Park is very close by, and had a nice setup for camping.
I’m glad we stayed! We got to spend an evening having fantastic authentic Mexican food with one of Kate’s good friends Cris, who was ALSO having a birthday. Then on Thursday night Kate and Mike took us on a little adventure.
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is located about an hour drive from Kirksville. Their stated goal is “To create a society, the size of a small town or village, made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which allows and encourages its members to live sustainably.” This means they grow much of their own food, have invested in a huge solar panel display, and have installed composting toilets indoors, among other things. They are trying to live as “off the grid” as possible. Obviously we were thrilled to check it out. To sweeten the deal, the bed and breakfast at the Ecovillage has pizza night on Thursdays. Don’t have to tell us twice!
The space was adorable. There were two women were behind the counter making crispy thin-crust pizzas just as fast as anyone could eat them up and a friendly man was pouring the beers. A note about this place: Everyone working there seemed SO HAPPY and genuinely excited to be there. It was really nice to see.
We ordered our pizza, had some beer, and had a grand old time. We tried a new beer that I hadn’t encountered before: Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. I usually go for IPAs and Kelly usually goes for dark beers, so this was not a standard for either of us, but we both absolutely loved it.
On the drive back we saw more animals than I could count – multiple raccoons, deer, and frogs, not to mention the standard farm animals dotting the landscape. One of my favorite parts of being outside of the city is all the animals.
Kirksville may be small but we definitely managed to entertain ourselves for the week. Thanks to Kate and Mike for hanging out and showing us around!!