Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday's Fave Five #94

Hello, everyone!  I've had a busy two weeks and was unable to post a Friday's Favorite Five last week, so I definitely wanted to remember the highlights of the week today.

1. Two weeks ago Saturday, Jim and I decided to take a road trip and travel to Columbus Belmont Park.  This is a park in Kentucky situated on the Mississippi River.

On our way there, we came across this gorgeous scenic overlook:

This is a memorial cross honoring veterans overlooking the Mississippi River.  Isn't it gorgeous?

I love this shot of the afternoon sun over the Mississippi!

2.  Afterwards we went on to the park.  Columbus Belmont is a sweet little gem of a park that has some Civil War cannons and a Civil War museum.  It was a great day.  We enjoyed sitting under the shady trees feeling the cool breezes and looking at the river.  We enjoyed it so much that we went back the next week!  This time, we took family with us.  My mom, sister and nephew made a spontaneous trip up from Florida to visit. We convinced them it would be educational for my nephew to go to the Civil War Museum.

Here's my mom, sister and nephew in front of this ginormous anchor.

The story about the anchor is that the Confederate army had a huge chain, every link weighing 20 pounds, attached to the anchor and strung across the Mississippi. Their plan was to snare every Union ship long enough for their huge cannon to fire upon the boat.  The plan failed.

This picture is from an exhibit inside the museum.  This was a little Civil War Drummer Boy who probably was only 9 years old!  How sad!

Here is a line boat pushing barges down the Mississippi.

Here's an awesome gazebo on a bluff above the Mississippi.  A wedding party had reserved this gazebo the week before to take wedding photos.  I'm sure they were beautiful!

One of the smaller cannons preserved at the park.

Beautiful summer day!

3.  After our jaunt to the park, we traveled over to Sikeston, MO, to visit the world-famous Lambert's Restaurant, home of "throwed rolls."  (Ok, maybe it is only nationally-famous!)  Lambert's claim to fame is that they will toss you homemade yeast buns multiple times during your visit.  They also go around passing out samples of fried okra, fried potatoes and macaroni and tomatoes.  All of these goodies are in addition to what you order off the menu, so you are one butterball rolling home afterwards! Embarrassing for me, when I was tossed a roll, I missed and it rolled under the table ... I'm pretty sure there is plenty of wasted food in that joint!

4. Of course, after that big meal, we had to "walk it off," so we stopped at the outlet mall.  I went into one of my favorite stores, Kitchen Connection.  Much to the amusement of my Florida visitors, I picked out a white creamware pitcher in the shape of a cow!  I mean, come on, the milk pours out of his mouth, how could you resist such a purchase?

5.  Later on, that week, I tried again to catch a "blue hour" photo, this time a shot of a nearby levee.  However, it's still not the blue I was hoping to capture, but it's still a nice photo featuring one of my favorite things:  a road stretching into the horizon.

I love the romance of a "road" picture... you never know what's around the bend!

Let's hear about your week!  Visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and share your favorite five!


Lisa notes... said...

Love the sun over the Mississippi. How fun to go through the Civil War museum. I haven’t eaten at a Lambert’s in awhile; always a yummy place. Your road picture is gorgeous!

ellen b. said...

Glad you were able to get away. Sounds like fun times sight seeing being with family eating at nice restaurants and shopping. Enjoy your weekend.

Karyn said...

GREAT photos, Jeri! I like them all but maybe my favorite is the last one....but it is hard to pick.

I'm currently listening to Gone With the Wind on my iPod. I've always been fascinated with the Civil War since the first time I read it in grade 6. I'd love to go visit that museum!

If I ever get down your way, maybe you can take me?

Mary said...

What wonderful pictures! Sounds like a nice, relaxing time!

Beth said...

I live in MN...on the Mississippi.. have been to the beginning... and other spots...I think someday I will make a trip south along the might Miss! Have a great week!

Laura said...

Oh, the Mississippi!

That road picture is the greatest. Hope you have a great week ahead.

Willow said...

I love the road photo, too! So exciting! One step after another...

The Civil War Museum would be on my itinerary too!

Have a great weekend!

Islandsparrow said...

What a lovely trip. I've been down that way but it would be so nice to visit. We had the same kind of trip - sightseeing - eating out - and being with family and friends.

I've never heard of the roll throwing before - that is unique! :)

I love bends in the road too!

Happy weekend!

Theresa said...

I always love your road pictures! What a great trip!!

Susanne said...

I love road pictures too and your turned out lovely!

Your little trip sounds wonderful. You got to see quite a bit. And believe it or not, this Canadian has heard of that restaurant. LOL.

cindy said...

Great photo shots, the anchor is my favourite, 20 pound links, hum.

Your shot over the Mississippi is gorgeous.

I can't say I have ever been to a roll tossing restaurant, but you are right there must be a lot of food waste.

Have a fantastic week

Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back, Jeri, and to see your lovely photos. That scenic spot is surely a beautiful sight. Im not sure how I'd do in a restaurant where food is flying through the air!

Lori said...

Great pictures! Isn't Lambert's fun? and just so you feel better I don't think you're the first one to drop a throwed roll. I'd rather drop it than have one hit me square in the chest like I did and leave a huge greasy, buttery splotch. Ewww!

Kari said...

great photos. I've been to that river too when I was in the states, such a large river and so very lovely.