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Road Trip — The Journey and Jesse
Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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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15 comments to “Road Trip — The Journey and Jesse”

  1. Nichelle Scott-Williams
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 10:33 am · Link

    Girl I see a face to! That was the first thing I thought when I moved the cursor down before I even read your words.



  2. Nichelle Scott-Williams
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 10:33 am · Link

    Oh and most excellent pics! Thank you for sharing.



  3. Delilah
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 10:40 am · Link

    Thank you, Nichelle! I have pics coming up from a haunted hotel where many spooky things happened.



  4. Lisa J
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 11:36 am · Link

    Definitely can see the face. Very nice for the author. Looks like a very good trip.



  5. Estella
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Loved the pics!



  6. Becky W
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Loved the pics. Before I read what you wrote it looked like a face to me too. Jesse Jame’s place was a place I wanted to see since meeting my husband and marrying him. My mother-in-law told me she name him after Jesse James. Looks like you had lots of fun.



  7. tammy ramey
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 4:02 pm · Link

    great pictures and the trip looks so fun.



  8. June M.
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 4:15 pm · Link

    I can definately see a face. Who knows what caused it to be there, can’t prove one way or another why it’s there.



  9. sexy Dexy
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 6:39 pm · Link

    It looks like a cave man momma



  10. Jen B.
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 9:09 pm · Link

    I love the off-the-beaten path randomness that you can find when travelling. My husband is more planned out. I think that diner looks really cool!



  11. Karen C
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 11:47 pm · Link

    Cool pictures – and I see the face, too! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!!



  12. Delilah
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      · July 8th, 2011 at 4:46 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the pictures. I have fun picking out the ones I want to share and trying to tell a little story while I do it. :)



  13. Taryn Blackthorne
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      · July 9th, 2011 at 2:39 am · Link

    I had a ‘face’ in the trees in the apartment that I lived in up North. I swear, all year round, I could see it. Didn’t matter if the trees had leaves or not, the branches formed eyes, a nose and a mouth. When the wind moved, it had expressions. It was cool/creepy. I mentioned it to an elder friend of mine and he said to keep an eye out for it. It might be Wesayhejack (Whiskey Jack). This guy would just be curious. Whiskey Jack watching me didn’t really make me feel any better.



  14. Diane Sallans
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      · July 9th, 2011 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Looks like a face to me! Aren’t road trips fun. We always want to get from one place to another as fast as possible, but what can you really see while flying down the interstate? Love that diner & Jesse’s house. And what a cute companion.



  15. Robin D
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      · July 9th, 2011 at 10:54 pm · Link

    I see a face too! Sounds like a fun trip!