Boy, what a summer this has been! You don’t realize how dependent you become on good phone and internet service until you don’t have it. We loved our time at Travel Port, honestly not doing much, but the blog suffered. Even when we went to Woodland Park and used McDonald’s wifi, it was just too much hassle. Photos wouldn’t import, the website didn’t recognize my phone, etc. Anyway, it’s (somewhat) better now.
Let me explain. Earlier in the summer, we were contacted by Tom and Kathy Corey at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm Cabins near Dixon, MO to see if we would be interested in coming to stay at their place while they tour the US for a while. In the summer of 2012, we were there for a couple of months, providing a deterrent to vandals and feeding the dog and hummingbirds, LOTS of hummingbirds! We enjoyed our time in that peaceful setting in the Ozarks back then, so we changed our plans to stay in Colorado until September and on July 27, we started toward Missouri.
We had thought we might stop to see granddaughter Jordan, Marc and Rae, but they were out of state for a conference, so we made a detour (recalculating!) to the Landing for the night and got to have dinner with Heidi, Tim and all three kids who are still in the area. Ben will be leaving for Air National Guard basic at the end of September, Jadelyn starts high school as a freshman on August 14 and Bailey starts her sophomore year at Friends University this fall. We probably don’t have a lot of opportunities ahead for all of us to be together, so we cherish these times.
We arrived at Rock Eddy Bluff on Monday and were given a tour. Nothing much has changed since we stayed here in 2012, except that Coreys have moved into Stickney Cabin, which was just being built that summer. Their daughter and family now live in the main house, but they are away until this weekend. We got acquainted with the three dogs, Cricket, Sophie and Polly, and the cat, Holstein. Polly went along on vacation, but we are feeding the rest while we are here. There also horses and barn cats to feed until Heather and family return. And the hummingbirds!
One of my memories of our time here before was picking fresh produce from the big garden. This year we have had tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini and there are big warty pumpkins coming on. The garden also provided us fresh zinnias this year for a spot of color in the RV.
In the next few days, I’ll try to get pictures around here. This is a remote area with some primitive cabins and one modern one where people can escape their busy lives and just enjoy the beautiful area. I remarked to LeRoy as we were coming in that the views would be spectacular if you could actually see them. There is always a tree or a hill in the way! Wide open spaces have me spoiled!