Little Bear's Adventure's
September 3, 2023
Last September Beth was in Springfield, Missouri with her family. They celebrated the 95th birthday of Beth's dad.
The celebration was happy, but this funny old post looks weary and sad. Beth and her son went for a jog the day after party and stopped next to this stone post. It stands in the yard of Beth's grandmother's old house.
Posing with the Post
Don't look for me in the photo. Beth didn't put me in her pocket when she went jogging with Scott.
She posed Scott (instead of me) by the post. She told him how she climbed that post when she was a little girl.
When they got up close to the rocky post, Beth and Scott noticed a treasure tucked into the rocks. The little Buddha smiled and so did they!
The tiny red Buddha was just about the same size as me. Beth guessed that the little girl who now lives in her grandmother's old house, placed it there. Beth said she was so frustrated that she didn't have me, to add to the photo.
December 9, 2023
3 months later, Beth was in Springfield again. This time she was with her sister.
Beth and jenni, stopped the car to take a picture. Their smiles look sort of odd.
Beth didn't see the Buddha this time, but she pulled me from her bag and tucked me into the rocks.
Beth pointed to me for the camera and smiled, a not so smiley smile again.
Then Beth took a close-up picture of me. I didn't have much of a smile either.
None of us felt like smiling, because Beth and Jenni's dad had died earlier that morning. They said good-bye to their Dad and they said good-bye to the old post and they said good-bye Springfield.
I reminded Beth, "Sometimes it's okay not to smile for photos."
We've been on a road trip in Missouri. My favorite part was traveling on the old Route 66.
We made a stop to see an old bridge and this we what I found.
Beth and I were excited about the zigzag shape that crossed the width of the bridge.
Beth's hubby Don, was more excited. "Take a picture of that!" he said. "That's an expansion joint."
So of course Beth stuck me in the photo. That was fun!
Toys at Big Cedar Lodge
Who would have guessed our hotel lobby would have a table, filled with Lincoln Logs?
I got to rest right up against a nice Lincoln Log cabin.
This is how the table looked when we checked in. No one was playing at the table. The little stools were empty.
But there were all sorts of building creations, left behind!
It wasn't until we were checking out that Beth noticed 2 parents and their kids, gathered around the table.
Beth was pretty cautious when she approached the table. She says you have to be careful or people will think you're crazy, when you pull out a tiny bear and start taking photos.
I guess she did okay, because suddenly the family was oohing and aahing over me. That was kind of fun.
Next thing you know, the kids were posing me all over the place. One little boy put me right in the river he'd made. I was lost very briefly, but then found.
The kids decided the best place for me was high on the green roof. Oh, I hated to leave. The family was having such a good time, including me in their fun.
We only stayed a few minutes. Beth says she knows just how long to intrude.
What does that even mean?
Near the Grand Basin
On Mother's Day, I was in St. Louis with Beth. We visited Forest Park.
I've visited the city before and posed near the giant Arch. This was my first time in the park, where the 1904 World's Fair once took place!
The Art Museum and Lagoon
This is the lovely lagoon and art museum. They were created for the spectacular celebration, 115 years ago.
Beth's grandmother attended the fair as a little girl. Beth and her mom went the the art museum together, 75 years later.
Thinking on a Drizzly Day
The park should have been more crowded, but Beth and I had the whole area to ourselves because of the cold, damp weather. The quiet made it easier to sit and imagine the busy fair, so many years ago.
But it was Mother's Day and Beth wanted to pose me in some flowers.
Beth couldn't find any, so she posed me with the ugly plants. At least I could gaze across the water, where Beth's mother ice-skated as a child.. I looked up at Art Hill, where Beth cross country skied as a teenager... and saved a little boy, whose sled had crashed through the ice of the lagoon.
I loved imagining the stories... on that drizzly Mother's Day in St. Louis. But we needed some color.
Luckily, Beth knew she'd be traveling on Mother's Day. She planned ahead and brought some colorful artwork, made by her kids about 25 years ago. Who does that? That sounds kind of silly, but I was glad to pose with something springlike, on a colorless day.
Happy Mother's Day... Happy May!
My Big Friend in Kansas City
I didn't travel with any friends on our road trip to Missouri. So I was glad when I made a friend at the 21c Museum/Hotel. I sat on my friend's blue head.
The 21c Hotel is a hotel and a museum. They have sky blue penguins all over the hotel. You can even move them around if you want. I just sat peacefully on his head. I didn't even use his beak like a slide. Although I was tempted.
I felt like I was part of the art when I sat in the hallway, on my blue penguin friend.
I'm not sure if anyone noticed me, but I noticed them walking by.
I wish we could have taken this guy home with us.
Near the Spring
Last month I was in Missouri. Beth took me in her camera bag and hiked down a dirt road. I heard her sigh when she found this spot.
There were stepping stones that crossed the spillway, where the spring water flowed into the lake. She looked out at the flat stone surrounded by water... then changed her mind about where to pose me.
Beth said this land once belonged to her Aunt and Uncle. She remembered coming here as a little girl and being afraid of the waterfall, because she didn't know how to swim. Thanks, Beth... for not posing me on that stepping stone. It was breezy and I don't know how to swim, either.
Hiking at Taum Sauk State Park
Here I am, sitting in an "O" with my hiking stick. I was trying to catch my breath.
If you are good at "Wheel of Fortune" you might guess I am sitting inside the second vowel of the word, MISSOURI.
But this really isn't about letters. This is about numbers! I hiked up to the highest point in Missouri, with an elevation of 1772 feet. I know. That is not very high, but I have tiny legs.
The Missouri Ozarks aren't exactly the Rockies... but it's still pretty.