Here is the first peak of James Foundation/#maramecsprings Park which we visited on Sunday, Father's Day. I cannot say enough fabulous things about this privately owned park. It is a reasonable $5 per car to enter. We could have lingered here for many more hours, but it was hot and we had a long trip home. We managed to experience all of the park except the section down to the swinging bridge. The heat was too much that day, especially for the dogs. I am so anxious to share it with you. I took snippet videos along our walking, as well as many photos, and will put them together in a video for you. Yes, the water really is this color! The trails meander for a long distance. There are a few falls and a trout fish hatchery. There is no swimming (ah shucks!) but the trout fisherman wear their rubber boots and shoes to get in an allowed section of the water to fish. I'm fairly certain I would not want to swim and be nibbled on anyway.
It is about 3 hours across countryside from Cape Girardeau to the park. Or 15 minutes more if you want to drive up 55 and down 44. Note that it is spelled with "a's" as Maramec and the state park is Meramec. It is south of Meramec State Park and east of St. James.
Also to view is a swinging bridge, Maramec Iron Works furnace, which operated from 1826 until 1876, museum, fish hatchery and feed trout (bring your coins), trout fishing, picnic shelters, long trail, mill building, and scenic drive to the mine and where the mine workers lived on a road preserved as if the mid-1800's.
Last weekend we visited #dillardmill . I had seen awesome photographs online and could not wait to take the opportunity with my camera. We arrived around 3 p.m. during the extreme heat of the day. We had brought the dogs, one of which was on new anxiety medication for travel. Little did we know that this medication must have dehydrated her as well. Straight from the air conditioned car to the great outdoors proved too much for her. After a short while she flopped down on her side and looked up at us. She could go no more. Carrying her was not the best either because two bodies together produce more heat. Thankfully, there was a fountain nearby for cupping of the hands as she drank and drank, as well as splashing both dogs to cool them off. Time and again she flopped to the ground on her side and time and again we carried her to the fountain. What was supposed to reduce her anxiety increased our anxiety. I was unable to truly enjoy the camera time or take my time to get the best shot. I did shoot a lot quickly and did have enough images to choose from. It is a beautiful walk and place to sit on a picnic bench, but please do not go in the heat of the day. #missouristateparks
Soaking up every bit of this trip. I never imagined how excited I’d be to roam a lavender field. I just wanted a diffuser to make my house smell good! Fast forward and now I’m at young living’s convention taking it all in and having the best time. This is about so much more than my house smelling good. It’s the friendships, it’s my lifestyle and health and probably most importantly:: learning that it’s not selfish to invest in myself and personal growth. So thankful. ❤️
Sunsets in LA are so flipping pretty. Found a rooftop restaurant that I could have a bowl of potato soup at and watch the sun go down. It looks fancy pants, but is probably the same cost as going to your local diner. Abundance is a state of mind. You can’t put a price on the colors of the sunset. .