Most of Missouri has had torrential rains this past week. John and I drove down to Farmington in a downpour last Tuesday. We took some back roads, which was probably a mistake, as they were covered with water. We were, however, able to drive over them safely. Over several of the days we were in Farmington it continued to rain. Somehow I always managed to find a dry time to get out and walk. And one day, when there seemed to be no break in the rain, I grabbed an umbrella and walked in the rain. We left Farmington Friday and stopped at St.Francis State Park, hoping to take a hike. Trails there were too muddy to hike on and the Big River was quite swollen and overflowing its banks.