Betty suggested Cassie or Marshmallow and I loved both names. Then Chicagolady suggested Tubby. Be still my heart. We have a Tubby!
Thank you Betty and Chicagolady. You are the best!
For generations, the Arrow Rock bluff was a significant landmark on the Missouri River for Native Americans, explorers, and early westward travelers. This flint-bearing, high limestone bluff first appeared on a 1732 French map as “pierre a fleche,” literally translated as “rock of arrows.” Archaeological evidence shows that for nearly 12,000 years indigenous cultures used the Arrow Rock bluff as a manufacturing site for flint tools and weapons.
Following the War of 1812 and the subsequent peace treaties with Indians in 1815, large numbers of immigrants from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia began pouring into the fertile “Boone's Lick Country,” so named for the salt spring or “lick” across the river.
In the 1820s, the earliest travelers on what became the Santa Fe Trail crossed the river on the Arrow Rock ferry and filled their water barrels with fresh water at “the Big Spring” before heading west. In 1829, the town of Arrow Rock was founded on the bluff above the ferry crossing. Originally named Philadelphia, the town's name was changed in 1833 to coincide with the better-known landmark name, Arrow Rock.
Many citizens prominent in state and national affairs were closely associated with Arrow Rock including Dr. John Sappington of quinine fame and George Caleb Bingham, Missouri's preeminent artist of the mid-1800s. Three 19th century Missouri governors also came from Arrow Rock.
When the Civil War began, Arrow Rock had reached its peak population of 1,000. The region had a decidedly southern character evidenced in its culture, politics and architecture. One-third of Saline County's population was enslaved African Americans. The Civil War precipitated an economic decline from which Arrow Rock never fully recovered. Steamboats and river commerce gave way to railroads that bypassed the town. Two fires devastated the business district, and the population dwindled to 400 by 1910. Today, 45 full-time and 33 part-time residents call Arrow Rock home.
While the village is small, don't be fooled by its size. Arrow Rock remains a vital community. The restoration of the Huston Tavern in 1923 marked the beginning of historic preservation in the state of Missouri and set the stage for Arrow Rock's future. In 1963, the entire town was designated a National Historic Landmark because of its association with the Westward Expansion. In 1968, the home of artist George Caleb Bingham was listed separately as a National Historic Landmark. Arrow Rock is also a certified site on the Lewis & Clark and Santa Fe Trails.
|Is it my imagination, or is the truck longer than the Casita? Can you see the blue lights around the belly band of the camper? Cute, huh.|
|For comparison sake, here is Greg and Alicia's RV. Now this is an RV! They camp a lot with 2 kids in tow. It is their home away from home.|
|Greg and Alicia, Tessa and Bill, and their families showed up to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Yes, Arrow Rock is close enough that Tessa and their families could show up for an evening of fun and then head right back home.|
|Solving the world's problems.|
|We have also discovered that Whiskey is an excellent traveling companion.|
|Austin with his much wiser older brother Dakota|
I'm not sure whether I am experiencing writer's block or whether I'm just too busy to write.
My hobbies have overtaken me. There are more of them than there is time.
Between our small garden, my roses, embroidery jobs, family, sewing, playing with the mandolin (sure wish I could master that sucker), and crafting (I'm in love with Copic Markers, by the way), blogging seems to have taken a back burner.
We did find time for our Christmas in July, though. This year we headed back to Bass River Resort in Steelville for a float on the Huzzah River.
We rented a lodge that sleeps 20 so that we could all be together. A couple of weeks before the get together Tessa, Alicia, Julie and I got on a Facebook chat to decide who was bring what, and plan out our meals. I tend to go overboard on things. The theme of the chat was "keep it simple, mom". So we did. The first night was BBQ Pork Steaks, baked beans, yummy macaroni and cheese, and brownies. If that is keeping it simple, then keeping it simple definitely works for me.
|Nice large open area where everyone can mill around and visit.|
|Ready to go! |
Front row: Allen, Dakota, Reagan, Austin, James, Anna
Back row: Cody, Travis, Emily, Cara
Ready to go floating! (A shocking experience)
|Austin and James - Where you find one, you will find the other|
|If you ignore me, I'll ignore you|
|Fair warning, all electronics will be banned next time.|
Note: I have successfully used the dough setting on my bread maker to prepare the dough to this point.
|Follow the leader|
|Anna Rose, the designated photographer, and birthday boys, Austin and James|
|Did I mention that it was mostly a hazy day?|
Anna said the boys got the most excited when the pilot buzzed not one, but two Wal Marts. Really kids?
They flew over Austin's house, which is close to his school. He thought it was so cool that he saw his school, but when I asked him if he saw his house, he said, "I forgot to look".
|Austin, all confidence, in the co-pilot seat.|
|James' turn in the co-pilot seat. He said he was OK with pulling the plane up but was a little scared of tilting it back down. It might crash, you know.|
|James looked at me like I was crazy when I asked why he had on his Superman shirt...|
|After working up an appetite, we headed over to a park area next to the Katy Trail for a picnic lunch and a little play time.|
After about the 50th time, I lost track of how many times I said, "Tie your shoe James"
|Anna is still flying. and so are we, after an awesome day with three of our favorite little people.|