January 2013

Eagles along the Rock River

Although not clear in this picture, when my friend Patty and I visited the Black Hawk Historic site in Rock Island, Illinois after attending the Quad Cities Farm Show, we saw a flurry of Eagles in the limbs of these trees that border the lovely Rock River. It brings to mind the words of the […]

From Union Gospel Tabernacle  - Ryman Auditorium

Recently I was blessed to hear music in the wonderful Ryman auditorium. I was fascinated about the roots of this so called “Mother Church of Country Music”. The Ryman was built as a place for ministers to preach the gospel, but both the man that built it, and the man that it was built for […]

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel, a New, but now Nashville fixture

When heading to Nashville, I think of the Old Ryman when I think Nashville fixture. On this last recent visit I even heard a father tell his daughter is in reverent tones that the Ryman is called, “The Mother Church of Country Music”. While it was true that the Ryman was the focus for his […]

The Museum of Westward Expansion gets harry!

Okay so after traveling up the Arch, I drug my daughter the museum that is under the Gateway Arch which reflects St. Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion of the United States. Part of this cool museum is an array of wildlife that Lewis & Clark would have found as they proceeded west one was […]

While away some time at the Wild Hare Cafe

Wanting a sit down luncheon where you can talk and be treated like a lady or gentleman. Want to see desserts that are hard to pass up and decide between either a hearty or delicate meal choice? If so, do what I did, visit the Wild Hare Cafe in Elkhart, Illinois. Traveling back from Pekin […]

Laclede's Landing, French History in the Making

With my French heritage is interesting to me to note that St. Louis was once under French rule. The history is fascinating and goes for us in the USA, way back! It was 250 years ago in 1763 that French merchant named Pierre Laclede Liguest landed on French soil. Laclede had a monopoly to all […]

The St. Louis Arch, way up high!

Gateway to the West is what they say the arch represents. Soaring 630 feet high, my daughter Allie and I took a day and rode all the way up to the top with the city of St. Louis spread out at our feet. Busch stadium looked like a child’s baseball set from the lofty heights. […]

Dessert at the Old Spaghetti Factory

While this restaurant isn’t the only one around, the Old Spaghetti Factory in St. Louis Laclede Landing offers a cool historic ambience that is hard to find. Celebrating a family birthday we set out to see the Arch and eat a little lunch. After consuming way more calories than the law and My Fitness Pal […]

On top of Look Out Mountain is a portion of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, that commemorate the “Battle Above the Clouds” . Fought in 1863 this historic stop was especially haunting on the rain soaked day we stopped. History shares that the fight was over control of Chattanooga, known as the “Gateway to the […]