Thursday, October 31, 2013
We thought we would share photos from our favorite Halloween which was in 2011. We were camping at Meramec State Park in Missouri. It was a festive time as most of the other campers had decorated their sites. There was trick or treating at dark and we dressed up and greeted all the kids. We had a great time. I dressed as a pirate because I had my leg in a cast and I wore a boot to protect it. Scout wore a pumpkin hat. She is not much for dressing up.
|I've been told that I look like George Washington here. BOL!|
It has been raining for three days. It is supposed to end sometime today. I sure hope so. We are tired of the rain. Mama says we should be thankful that it is rain and not snow.
Yesterday, we took some photos in between the rain showers. These were taken with a cell phone, so not that great, but it is pretty here right now with the fall colors.
The Greyhound Who Has A Big Day Tomorrow
Monday, October 28, 2013
The folks said they really enjoyed the tour. The only downside is that no photography is allowed inside. All the items inside the home belonged to the Trumans'. Mama liked that because some homes she has toured have had items that did not belong to the family.
President Truman died in 1972 and Mrs. Truman died in 1982. Mrs. Truman gave the home to the National Park Service after her death. She asked that no tours be allowed in the bedrooms until after the death of her daughter, Margaret, to protect her privacy. Margaret died in 2008, but the state has decided not to open up the bedrooms. They say it is still for privacy reasons, but the tour guide told us that it was due to the age and condition of the home. He said the steps were not in great shape and they really don't want people on them or the second floor.
Here are photos of the outside. Isn't it pretty? The home was built by Mrs. Truman's grandfather. She moved into the home with her mother and brothers after her father committed suicide. Harry moved in after they married.
Mama said it was touching to see Mr. Truman's coat and hat hanging at the door along with his cane. He loved to walk through the neighborhood.
|This house is across the street and it was where the Secret Service stayed to keep an eye on the Trumans'.|
|This house is also across the street and belonged to Harry's aunt and uncle.|
It sounds like the folks will be headed back to Independence to do a few more things. There is so much to see and do in that area.
The Greyhound Who Has A Big Day Coming Up This Week
Friday, October 25, 2013
Our neighbor's hose sprung a leak last night and water is all over. He stayed here last year, but he said he rented a camper. He bought a new fifth wheel for this winter, but he is definitely a newbie when it comes to setting it up. He has been having a heck of a time. We thought he had his hose hooked up okay, but something happened. I guess it is possible that he didn't have his heat tape or whatever it is called plugged in.
The campground is having Halloween festivities this weekend. They are having a pumpkin launch, hayride and trick or treating. We may dress up and participate in the trick or treating. We will have to see how cold it is tomorrow night.
Ready to see our "spooky" photos?
|"Are you being abducted, Scout?"|
|"This is so strange. It is touching me now."|
|"It's okay. It is just the sun causing a neat effect with the camera. That was close."|
The Greyhound Who Thought Something Super Natural Was Happening To Him
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Mama spent the weekend debating between Houston and Dallas. She checked out the average temperatures for Dallas and they are about 10 degrees cooler at night than Houston and that makes a huge difference because they do get below freezing. However, Dallas is 3.5 hours closer than Houston and we would save time and gas money by staying in Dallas. The rent is $200 more even with the electric being included in Dallas. We know people at the Houston campground and it is fully fenced and there are three fenced dog areas. Decisions, decisions! Mama decided to call Houston and if they had a spot for us, we would stay there.
Mama called Houston on Monday morning and the manager remembered her and Mama's friend, Becky, was actually at the front desk. Yes, they have a spot for us, so that is where we are staying! Mama says it feels right. It will be nice to see how many people that we met last year are still there.
Dad is hoping that he will be able to join us in January or that he is sent some place warm where we can all be together. We did consider staying here through the winter, but it is just not practical. We thought about staying in a motel when it gets really cold, but what if Dad is sent someplace warm and the motor home is snowed in? That would be really bad. It would also be a pain living in a motel room. Scout said they did that a few years ago and it was not fun.
The Greyhound Who Is Excited About Returning To Texas in December
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dad always has to be different and he didn't want to buy the regular sewer hose lifters that they sell in the store. He made his own. It is a plastic gutter. It works quite well and it does look nice. The water on the ground is not from the sewer hose. We have a small leak that Dad couldn't fix on Sunday. It is on the project list for this coming weekend, I think.
Another one of the rules here is that we are not allowed to have a clothes line. That is pretty common because it can look trashy when people leave their clothes out. Dad made Mom a "clothes line"a few months ago. She started using it here on Sunday and so far, she has not gotten in trouble for it.
|The clothes hanger hangs underneath the slide. It is held up by suction cups. It works quite well.|
We are settled into our new campground. Scout and I are enjoying the dog park. We also enjoying the trails through the woods. We have to climb a big hill to get to the top and then we can stay on the main trail or we can move down to another trail that is at a lower level. There are so many squirrels here. I could just stare at them all day long!
- Herbert Hoover Library
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
- Harry S. Truman Library
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Lyndon B. Johnson Library
- Richard Nixon Library
- Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum
- Jimmy Carter Library
- Ronald Reagan Library
- George Bush Library
- William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
- George W. Bush Library
The Greyhound Who Saw A Really Fat Squirrel Today
Monday, October 21, 2013
|Harry S Truman Library/Museum|
Mama said the museum was very interesting. She really did not know much about President Truman before she visited. He became President when President Roosevelt died. Actually, the Democratic Party knew that President Roosevelt would not live long enough to complete his last term and they chose Harry S Truman to be his running mate because of that. President Truman faced so much in his first few months in office. He became President in April 1945 and in August 1945 he ordered the bomb to be dropped on Japan. Then there was the Cold War. He was not a popular President when he left in 1952, however, public opinion has changed since then. Mama said that President George W. Bush has said many times that history will determine if he was a good President and it looks like that was true for Truman.
|Statue of Harry S Truman|
|Bess, Margaret and Harry campaigning by train.|
|Eternal flame in courtyard.|
|President Truman's grave - it was wet and that is why it looks strange.|
|His daughter and son-in-law.|
|A little bit better photo of the grave.|
|Buggy owned by Harry's family when he was a child.|
|Harry bought these two cars when he became senator.|
|This is what the Oval office looked like when he occupied it. Mama is not a good photographer. BOL!|
|Harry S Truman said "The Buck Stops Here". He also said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."|
The price of the museum is $8 a person, but Mama found a coupon on the Internet that was buy one get one free.
What does the S in Harry S Truman stand for? Well, he doesn't really have a middle name. He said that the "S" did not stand for any name but was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.
Did you know that there was an assassination attempt on President Truman? It happened in 1950. The President and his wife were upstairs in the Blair House when two men tried to bust through the door. A police officer was killed but not before he killed one of the assassins. The other one was sent to prison.
The folks are planning a return visit to Independence to visit his home. He lived there from the time he married until his death, which was about 50 years. They tried to visit on Saturday, but the tours were all full. The home is just a few blocks from the library.
Mama is a little sad that we are not staying in Independence. She said the town is really nice and she would be able to ride Buddy all around. They looked at the campground on Saturday and it is really plain and small, but nice. The reason they chose to stay here is because it is so close to Dad's work. The roads here are too dangerous for Buddy. We are on a two lane road with hills and curves.
The folks did a few other things while in Independence but we will save that for later.
The Greyhound Who Is Tired Of Writing And Wants To Go For A Walk NOW!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|This is entering Iowa. It rained for a few hours as we made our way across Iowa.|
|This was taken at the first rest area in Missouri after leaving Iowa.|
|Same rest area in Missouri.|
|This is our site. We paid extra for a concrete pad. The gravel sites are not level.|
|The park has a lot of things for kids to do. Here is one of the playgrounds.|
|The country store is really nice. They sell a lot of groceries, camping items, wine, beer and they make pizzas and chicken wings. They even deliver the pizza and wings to your site.|
|The park is decorated for Halloween.|
|Outdoor movie theatre.|
|What is that? Could it be a fenced dog area? No one told us about this!|
|It is a dog area!!! Mama is more excited than us, but we like it too.|
|Scout likes it!|
|The outside is even decorated.|
|Yep, we like this place.|
The Greyhound Who Is Happy That There Are More Than Three Squirrels Here