We used to get kidded about living in Lapland - "you know, where Missouri laps over into Iowa" - because we lived so close to the Missouri State Line. It always made me mad because I was a loyal Iowan; I loved my state. Of course there was The Honey War and The Sullivan Line - that whole dispute over the Iowa-Missouri border, which Iowa won. But even if 'we' had lost, where I was raised would still have been in Iowa.
Which brings me back to Missouri, our closest and most visited state from the time I was a child when our family did go on Sunday drives. But this series has been about the trips Bud and I together have taken and we have taken many to the 'Show Me' state.....
Other trips in Northwest Missouri included the Amish town of Jamesport, Jesse James birthplace farm near Kearney and Watkins Mill State Park in that same area.
Side view of the Vaile Mansion I toured; don't know what happened to the photo of me in front of the Victorian, Gothic/Italianate style, mere 31 rooms, home.
We've walked around Westport and lunched at Kelly's Westport Inn, in the oldest building in Kansas City.
In Southeast Missouri, we've visited Ste. Genevieve, the first organized European settlement west of the Mississippi, founded by French Canadian colonists in 1735. And after tent camping in one of the many state parks in the area, toured Bollinger Mill State Historical Site on the Whitewater River near Cape Girardeau.
We've been to Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake and Branson.
On this particular trip we went as far as the picturesque town of Hermann. So we must have been there in October because I remember that they were celebrating the area's German heritage with Oktoberfest.
There are many more areas of Missouri we have enjoyed, these are but a few.