I know I’m getting the photos of my trip up slowly, but my life’s crazy busy. The 6-year-old had a birthday party yesterday, so she’s no longer “the six-year-old”, and she had a list of favorite things she wanted to do: get a manicure with the girls, eat at McDonalds, and swim in the moonlight. Today, there’s the Red-Headed Hellion’s wedding to get through.
I still have pics to share, as well as some spooky happenings to relate. Wait until you see what my camera caught! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, which I did when I posted about Powell Gardens and Joplin, Mo.
What makes a good journey?
Great travel companions who are as eager to explore as you are.
Coffee. Lots of it. We didn’t even make it out of our own home town without stopping for breakfast and getting two to-go cups to take with us!
A willingness to take chances. Like we did when we got hungry, just across the Missouri border and found this little diner. It didn’t look like much from the outside. In a past life it was a gas station. But inside? Pure 50’s-60’s fun!
We chose to sit under the Marilyn Monroe wall. The food wasn’t bad either!
A willingness to stop along the way and smell the flowers. These are wildflowers growing alongside the road.
Curiosity in following a sign pointing toward an outlaw’s home place. The house itself isn’t very impressive. Neither are the exhibits. And in fact, most of the house is newer, having been upgraded by Jesse’s mom after his death. We were disappointed that so much of it wasn’t as it really was when Jesse James lived there.
Around back there’s a section of the house that’s authentic. We couldn’t take pictures inside, so I can’t share pics of the furnishings or family pictures.
They say that old section is haunted and that Jesse’s younger brother was killed there by Pinkerton men when they tossed a bomb inside. So I took a picture of the window to see what I might catch.
Now, some of y’all will say it’s the trees or a trick of the light. But I see a face. I’m a writer. I’m allowed to let my imagination go.
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