Sunday, October 11, 2009

Day 83 Focus on the journey...

We try to keep this foremost in our minds each day.

This was something new to me. At the Farmer's Market in Ferguson we saw these beef sticks (like Slim Jims) on a pretzel. I took a small bite of the beef stick and it wasn't too bad but I don't think I could eat a whole one!

Fall Cookies at the Farmer's Market

Cute picture of FooFoo kitty taken by Gregory

Always attracted to anything having to do with animals, Gregory finds black lab slippers at the sporting goods store. (Gregory had a chocolate lab until he was about 6 years old. Dakota was our first "baby" and passed away at 14 years of age. Labs are great dogs.)

Blue playing at Frontier Park in St. Charles.

Gregory, Mike and Craig watch from the sidelines.

Mike and Blue

Gregory helps with Blue's mandolin. Note the Missouri River is in the background. We saw many large logs floating down the river.

There were 3 different wedding parties having pictures taken while we were at the concert in Frontier Park. The historic town of St. Charles, set along the Missouri River and the Katy Trail, is a popular spot for wedding photos.

The gathering in Frontier Park was for members of Blue and Craig's Abide Church as well as another congregation. Here Gregory, Mike, Blue and Craig talk with friends Joe and Barb.

Gregory and Satchie are having a great time during our visit.

Date: Oct. 10, 2009

From: Ferguson, Missouri (Northern Suburb of St. Louis)

To: Ferguson, Missouri

Miles Today: 0 miles


Top Speed on this trip: 54.1 mph

Weather: Glorious but a bit chilly dipping down in the 50s at the park

License Plates Collected: 5 Montana, 8 Wyoming (2 motorcycle) and 1 Idaho (found in WY), 2 Colorado, 1 Kansas (gifted from David of Baldwin City). 1 Missouri (To be sent to Grammy’s by our new buddy, Kansas City firefighter Shawn)

Flats: 7

Broken Spokes: 2

The rain finally let up and we had a glorious day on Saturday. Again we had errands to run including picking up the computer and hitting a couple of other sporting goods shops but this time we also had the pleasure of Craig's company.

After lunch back at the house and a brief nap we headed out to Frontier Park in St. Charles to watch Blue perform for members of her church. It was a beautiful setting along the Missouri River and it took us back to St. Charles where we ended our ride on the Katy Trail and met Blue for the first time.

It is a joy to watch Blue play. She is so talented and obviously loves making music. She played mostly her original pieces including a song she wrote that was inspired by the Katy Trail. While Blue played we also enjoyed watching the river float by and the wedding parties that passed us on their way to take photos along the river. In one wedding party the men were wearing camouflage vests, cumber buns and camo baseball caps that said, "The Men". This was definitely an idea that I'd never seen before!

We had a quiet evening at home. Gregory wrote his journal and postcards and then he and I read the first 5 chapters of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. A couple of days ago we learned that Samuel Clemens pen name "Mark Twain" had it's origins in his days on the riverboat. See below taken from the website:

Clemens maintained that his primary pen name "Mark Twain" came from his years on the riverboat, where two fathoms (12 ft, approximately 3.7 m) or "safe water" was measured on the sounding line, was marked by calling "mark twain". But it is often thought that the name actually came from his wilder days in the West, where he would buy two drinks and tell the bartender to "mark twain" on his tab. The true origin is unknown. In addition to Mark Twain, Clemens used the pseudonym "Sieur Louis de Conte".

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