Thursday, September 24, 2015

Taking a Hike–Missouri Style!

Days have been insanely busy this trip.

There hasn’t been a lot of time to even see the nature around the area, except from behind the steering wheel when I was going from one town to meet up with the next.

No time to pack a picnic and enjoy the grass.

Not even time for an antique mall trip – maybe I’ll be able to sneak that in when I hit St Louis.  Sunday is a lecture day and there should be time to explore a bit when that is over.

When Machell asked me if I wanted to join her on a hike through the Springfield Nature Center after class yesterday, I gave it an ABSOLUTE YES!

Get me out of the classroom, out of the hotel room and out amongst the last of end-of-summer days.

You would never guess that this much beauty was found not far from the major areas of town, what a hidden gem!


Groomed sandy trails through wooded surroundings.


Boardwalks curve over marshy areas.


Babbling creeks!


I so love water reflections!

This is my favorite photo of our hike.


See the bridge cross the stream?


Do you see what I see??


Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer!


And her baby! Just out of spots!

It was a great way to get some fresh air, get a great leg stretch in and enjoy some beautiful surroundings before meeting up with the rest of the guild ladies for dinner.

Guess where we went?


When in Springfield, Go to Bass Pro!

We actually met up with the ladies at Hemingway's restaurant in the upper level of the store, and it was really good – great company too!

However, the only other pictures I stopped to get were….


Hexies in the Ladies' rest room!


Well yeah, can you blame me??!

Tonight I am on my own.  I’ve got some work to attend to, and let’s face it –I’ve done a lot of group dining over the past more-than-a-week and I’m just tired of a big formal meal.  At this time I’m thinking that 2 crunchy tacos from taco bell would do me just fine.  NOT THAT HUNGRY for a full meal.

I’ve got the binding sewn back down on the My Blue Heaven.  The hanging sleeve edge is now in the process of being stitched down. 

That’s my evening homework.

Tomorrow morning by 8am I’ll be on the road and on my way to St Louis!

Have a great evening, everyone!

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Kevin the Quilter said...

Can't WAIT to greet you here in St. Louis! Safe travels!

CC said...

I've enjoyed all the photos and posts that you put up. Thank you for taking the time to do this. It is very inspiring to see the groups' work and your inspiration in it all! =] Safe travels and "get some rest!"

Mary Ellen said...

Double ditto what Kevin said.

TheEclecticAbuela said...

I hope you enjoyed your time here in Springfield--please come back soon.

debbie said...

how is your new garmin working out? My fitbit died about 4 months ago and I am not sure which to get


Anonymous said...

So glad you had time for that out of doors hike. Thank you for taking us along.

Ginny Bambino said...

Bonnie, thanks for sharing those pictures you took on your hike. What a beautiful, peaceful place that looked like. And, of course, thanks for sharing all the pictures of the fun with the ladies.

And I am very excited --- I went to Target and got myself the Nick and Nora pj's! :)

Safe travels.

Ginny B.

Barb Ostermeier said...

I'll be following you up 44 on Saturday. I can hardly wait for the lecture on Sunday. I hope to meet you then

Abigail Dolinger said...

Looks like a lovely hike! The reflection picture is awesome! BTW your book, "Adventures with Leaders and Enders" is currently $319.78 on amazon.com!