We seem to really know how to park in the middle of turmoil. First trip after our retirement put us in a nasty political campaign in Arizona, which Gabby Giffords eventually won. The decision didn’t come until well after election day, by which time we were back in Kansas for the sale of the family farm. On the way back to Arizona, we heard the news of the horrendous shooting in Tucson. This summer we were in the Colorado Springs news area, which just happened to be the number one target of presidential campaign advertising in the nation. We moved to Lake George because of the Waldo Canyon fire which was the focus of news coverage across the country. In Lake George, we received Denver local coverage just in time for the Aurora theater shootings. Are you beginning to see a pattern?
And now we are in Missouri, home of Todd Akins, the latest reason for political upheaval nationwide. How long do you think it will be before someone asks us to NOT come to their area?
But here we are, like it or not. Our surroundings are lovely and we can’t even complain about the weather. We haven’t seen a 100 degree day since we arrived and this afternoon, it rained!
The owners of Rock Eddy Bluff, Tom and Kathy Corey, took their little Casita and hit the road Monday for a well-deserved vacation to points unknown. We hope they’re having a great time…we are!
Our primary tasks here are feeding the hummingbirds (several dozen of them, as closely as we can count) and Ike. Ike runs the place, we’re just along for the ride.
I thought I would share the grounds here with you a little at a time. The driveway from the mailbox winds about half a mile through a tree canopy, along which are the driveways to three cabins. I don’t think you can see any cabin from any other and only one is visible on the road. So first we’ll take the rocky path to Aunt Phoebe’s Perch, the first turnoff along the drive.
I have probably mentioned that this is a bed and breakfast, but that’s really a misnomer. It’s more of a retreat destination, a place to get away from the everyday world in more ways than one. Aunt Phoebe’s has no electricity, but does have a small solar system for a few lights and a ceiling fan in the bedroom. There is water but only a chemical toilet inside and a solar shower outside. The very functional privy is just down the path.
See that pile of reading material on the right? Actually, the most interesting article is a composition book, The Second Privy Book. I thought one weekend resident said it best:
People come from Wichita, Kansas City and St. Louis among other places and they return again and again to the peaceful setting of Aunt Phoebe’s porch and it’s wonderful views.