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.