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.
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.
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.