In St. Charles, the stores all had their patriotic decorations out. It reminded me to get out my Fourth of July decor after we got home.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
In February, we attended a scavenger hunt and had a great time. The same master minds behind that scavenger hunt planned another for June. This time we wised up and asked Todd to join our team. Last time, all the clues were posted on poles at the clue location, but this time they made it more challenging. One of the clues was in the song being played by this guy on the Galloway trail. We almost missed them since we weren't exactly looking for people!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
On the second day of our St. Louis weekend, we headed to World's Fair Donuts to kick off our World's Fair themed day.
**Fair Weather is a young adult book by Richard Peck about the Chicago World's Fair
Monday, June 17, 2013
My Dad is not an easy person to shop for. So when his Christmas wish list consisted of just one thing - dinner at Tucker's in St. Louis, I was happy to oblige. We wanted to wait until the weather was nicer, then spring just got busy, so once again, Dad received his Christmas gift on Father's Day. ;) I'm thinking of just making this a tradition. We made a whole weekend out of our trip to Tucker's, beginning with an afternoon in St. Charles.
I love love love St. Charles, and suspected my mom would too. We ate outside near the creek at Millstream Inn Restaurant, where we had a tasty lunch.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
So when my mom and her siblings were recently cleaning out my Grandad's house after his passing, I enthusiastically said "yes!" when she asked if I would like Grandma's butter churn. Mom says all the grandchildren remember turning that handle to make butter. I love knowing that it was something that Grandma had and used.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Sometime in early 2001, a young brown tabby cat invited herself into our lives. She showed up at David's house a few days in a row. One evening, David called saying "Your cat is here." When I arrived, she was enjoying a dinner of tuna and milk. I was hooked and so was she. I don't know where she came from, but I was certain of where she belonged.
Henrietta was so sweet that she could even charm people who don't ordinarily like cats into letting her sit in their laps.
No cat has ever appreciated sun more, and she could often be found lying on her back with her feet in the air, enjoying a spot of sunshine that she'd claimed.
We miss her a lot, but I know she lived a good kitty life. I won't pretend to know what happens to an animal's spirit when they die, but I do know that Henny will live on in our hearts and memories. Unfortunately for any future cats we may have, Henrietta will be the yardstick by which any other cat will be measured. I can't imagine another one living up to her high standards. She was quite a girl and we'll miss her. Love you, Henrietta!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Our vacation was winding down, but we still had a couple of stops to make. Santa Fe is one of our favorite towns, so I was very happy that we were able to spend a night and part of a day there. I was not a big fan of the southwest, but David has been for a long time. Many moons ago, he took me to Santa Fe and I'm now sure that he was using it to hook me on the southwest. ;) It worked. Much like the ocean, if I don't get a desert fix every few years, something feels off. So we had dinner at a place that we've been returning to since that first trip together to Santa Fe, then the next morning spent some time walking around downtown.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
After leaving Ironton, our next stop was Ouray, CO. It's a larger town than Silverton, but just as charming. We checked into our hotel, then changed into swimming suits to go check out the hot springs pools. No pictures of that, but it was one of my favorite things on our vacation. It was so nice and relaxing...up until we had to get out in the cool mountain air. Brrr!
The next morning we did some souvenir shopping and checked out the town.
Before moving on, we went to Box Canyon to see the falls.
From the visitor center, it's a short walk back into the canyon. You could really feel the temperature difference as you walked down the stairs to get closer to the base of the falls.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Once getting back on the San Juan Skyway, we stopped at Molas Pass. Molas Pass has an elevation of 10,910 feet and has incredible 360 degree views.
Our next stop was Silverton, where we had lunch at the Pickle Barrel. It was delicious! We walked up and down the main street in Silverton, checking out a few shops and just enjoying the mountain air.
Now it's a picturesque little town built in a little valley, but evidently it has a much more interesting history. One block off main street, there are lots of former saloons and bordellos. The average snowfall is about 155 inches, which is about 154 inches more than I need to see during winter (sorry Keetha!) but it was beautiful in May.
I had read about some of the abandoned mining towns in one of the tourist magazines, so when we saw the sign for Ironton, we stopped to check it out.
According to a sign along side the road, within a few weeks, construction began on over three hundred buildings. Just a few are left. According to the tourist magazine (which I can't find therefore can't site), the last residents left in the 1960's.