Desserts with Friends 

Blueberry Cheesecake Rich’s Birthday

Nancy Treats at Peel. Strawberry Shortcake

Celebrating the End of Summer School

Butler MO – Exploring with Parker and Paige

Breakfast Dessert?

Scott!

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Hippopatamaitai

Pure Joy at Cyrano’s

Puppy-sized Skinny Mocha Latte

Daisy and Me. Cutting It Up.

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My 50th State Park

I have been slowly visiting all the State Parks and Historic Sites in Missouri.  There are a total of 52 State Parks and 35 Historic Sites. In one weekend I managed to visit 11. During this trip, my favorite locations were the Battle of Island Mound and Watkins Glen Historic Site.

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Squaw Creek Wetlands

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Bottle Brush

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Around the lake at Wallace State Park

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Watkins Mill House

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The homestead

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At the factory

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Weston Bend looking into Kansas

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Along the trail at Crowder S.P.

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Small town america

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The town is named after the librarian

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Western Missouri Prairies

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at the Battle of Island Mound

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Robert Ford killed Jesse James here

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The Confederate soldiers prayed here

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from the church

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Battle of Lexington

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Lexington

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Cleveland: Garfields Mausoleum

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on the roof

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in the crypt

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the dome – this entire structure was built in one year.

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marble staircase

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This was ignored

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entrance door handle

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top floor

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into the crypt

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June Flowers 

A week of flowers from my evening walk…


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Serenity in the West

In March 2017, I spent some time exploring the National and State Park lands of the American West.  We drove 4000 miles and visited 9 states. These photos are some of my favorite because of how peaceful these locations were in the off season.  We made it to Chimney rock right at sunset and had the place to ourselves, and we visited Scottsbluff National Monument early in the morning before others arrived. Most people go south for spring break, I went North and was rewarded with rustic quietness.

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Chimney Rock


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Niobrara River of Nebraska


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Spearfish Falls


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Valley of Scottsbluff


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River Running Black Hills


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Moon Set at Scottsbluff


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Coffee with the Presidents


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Scottsbluff Summit

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Ice Webs – Wind Cave NP

Wind Cave National Park ranks highly among the US Parks.  I stumbled on to these beauties while driving through the backroads of the park.

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Emerging Spring

A single image…

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