We are now parked in St.Charles Missouri, and will stay here for a couple of months. Consequently my posts will not be as frequent, but they will be appearing occasionally. John and I are not ones to sit still for very long, and, like yesterday, are apt to head out suddenly on a whim to seek a new adventure. Last week, on a trip to Farmington, we took a short detour to visit the Sandy Creek covered bridge. Missouri has preserved 4 of the estimated 30 covered bridges which once spanned its rivers and creeks.
Monday, April 13, 2015
As I noted in my last posting, we saw some quite a variety of colorful wildflowers in this park. Pictured below are bluebells.
Pictured above is the creek flowing through the park, looks like the Big Muddy backed up into it after the recent storms. It took us about three hours to hike the loop down into the canyon and back up along Hickory Ridge. Nathan slept through most of the hike. We were fortunate it was a cool day. And what with the abundance of wildflowers in the park, it was a good time of the year to hike this trail. However, it was a bit wet and muddy. I think we did good going through the canyon, all of the mud was on our shoes and not our clothes!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
We probably did return north too soon, not because of cooler weather but because of spring rains and stormy weather. A few days ago a tornado touched down in northern Illinois, here we have only dealt with strong winds and rain. The night when strong winds rocked our home we thought it was also hailing, however the next morning we discovered that the wind had brought down a torrent of gum balls on our roof! Scarey times, but we have survived. Easter week-end we did have a break in the weather. On Saturday Epiphany church had an Easter egg hunt for the children. Our grandson Nathan is still too young to understand what that is all about. He had eggs all around him, but chose instead to pull on the grass.
He so loves the outdoors! Last week we returned to Giant City park. You may recall my posting on it last year about this time, with one picture of the large sandstone formation called the Devil's Stand Table. This time I will post Balanced Rock, another one of the awesome formations in the park.