The weather was rainy and cold, not what we would have preferred. Our trip to the park had to be cancelled. A little rain , however, wasn't about to stop Benton Second Graders from having a great day. We trekked out in the rain and cold to visit Bothwell Lodge, a familiar place to most kids in Marshall. Often referred to as the "castle", that they've seen many times going to and from Sedalia, MO. Although, many kids knew where it was, most had never been there before or knew much about it's history or about John Bothwell, the original owner of the property. Mr. Bothwell was a very influential man in his time. We learned of his many contributions to the Sedalia area. We also learned about how the lodge came to be built, with twisty staircases, hidden compartments and passage ways, also with a cave to provide air conditioning. The 2nd graders enjoyed learning about the history of the lodge. Due to rainy conditions we were not able to picnic or play at Centennial Park as planned. The afternoon consisted of indoor picnic in the gym, followed by a second grade volley ball tournament.