Friday, April 27, 2012
It seems as though we have had either very hot days or days which are cool and rainy since we have parked here in St.Charles. Today the sun was out it in all its' glory, but a cool breeze keep the day from getting too hot. We thought it a perfect day to drive out to Defiance Missouri, the last place Daniel Boone lived before he died. He was not very rich in his last days and the home he lived in was actually owned by his son Nathan. Nathan and his wife had 14 children, however they still were able to let Grandfather Boone live in a couple of the rooms. The house was built in 1810, and Boone died there in 1820. The outside walls of the house have gun ports, as back then there was still a fear of Indians attacking homesteads. The back of the house faced the Femme Osage River, which now is a little creek.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
We are parked in St.Charles, Missouri, having arrived here April 10 from Farmington. It has been hard not to always be on the go, which is what we are likely to do when we park in a strange city. It is a good trade-off however, for here in our hometown we are able to spend time with family and friends. And our home currently is next to the Katy Trail, where we can hike or bike whenever we feel we have energy to burn off. This past Wednesday we drove over to Alton, Illinois to ride the Great River Road Trail. We rode on our bikes from Grafton to the Pere Marquette State Park, a journey of about 4miles one-way. Don't laugh, I know that does not sound like much on bikes, but our bikes have no gears and we had removed the battery packs. Hills are a challenge on those bikes! On Thursday of this week we paid my sister Linda a visit in Columbia, Mo. I told her I would like to a write about her home town and asked her to show me some sites of the town which to her define Columbia. Our first stop was the Shelter Gardens where currently a variety of trees and plants are in bloom. For most of Missouri it has been a warm winter which brought an early spring. Azaleas, iris, peonies, lilacs and roses are all in bloom at the same time. The roses pictured below, which surround a fountain in the gardens, do not usually bloom in April! The gardens are quite beautiful at this time with everything in bloom.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Monday we left Little Rock and traveled as far as Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The vehicle park had many blooming dogwood. trees. In Little Rock they were just about done with blooming, these are at their peak.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Saturday was the warmest day of our week in Little Rock. We headed out to the Big Dam Bridge, the world's longest pedestrian bridge in the world designed expressly for foot and bike traffic. As the bridge stands 90 feet above the Arkansas River, we decided that walking its' length made more sense than trying to pump our bikes uphill in the heat. Not much of the bridge has shade.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
In my previous posting I mentioned that we had stopped at the Market Hall for frozen lollies. Walking through that building, which is like a giant food court, we stepped outside to view the Farmer's Market pavilions. Unfortunately for us that market does not start up until the middle of April. We did, however, see the River Market Pig, a rather large bronze sculpture of a pig who seems to be guarding a fountain of koi.