Squaw Creek

We ended up at Squaw Creek today after driving down from Ankeny, Iowa where we were at some meetings.

The nature areas seem to suit us more than hours of sitting ! ! !

some muskrat houses

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on top of the hiking ridge view

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quite the climb !

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a little rest 🙂

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Beautiful day for Missouri history!

We went to Sibley, MO for the Fort Osage Living History day.

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The above says Daniel Boone was here in 1816. Found his picture in the visitors’/nature/history center.

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The troops (re-enactors) were lined up ready for lunch.

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I got a video of them marching to lunch, but it’s only on my instagram here. It’s private, but I could use more followers!

The visitors’ center has an unusual method of heating & cooling to read about here:

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The Mighty MO. Lewis and Clark decided this area would be a good place for a trading fort.

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A marker of 200 years.

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Inside the center:

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short 2 day trip

We went to Warrensburg and Knob Noster State park. Nice, but no more will I stay in a basement airbnb place – just not as fun as when you have the whole thing. People are on top and basements are usually not as nice. Besides, I figured out I spent about 1/3 or more of my college years in basement apartments. Also, today would have been my mother-in-law’s 94th birthday, but she passed away July 13, 2015. Bless her soul ! ! !

The Red Oak leaf is on the right, and the White Oak leaf is on the left. The Post Oak is a variation of the White Oak.

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This is at a lake in Warrensburg.

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our resident woodchuck is dead

We have been battling this animal for many years, at least 8. It lived under our drain pipe at the end of the driveway. It has eaten my young summer squash. Yesterday it got hit by a car and was upside down & dead on the driveway this morning. My husband had gone to buy some rain barrels and when he came home I was trying to get the heavy thing in the trash bag by wrapping it in another trash bag; I was so glad he got home to help. And then he said: “Ha. That thing was on the street since yesterday afternoon!” I said, “You coward, why didn’t you take care of it??????” Crazy. Anyway, now it is gone, since today is trash day . Hip Hip Horrah ! ! ! ! ! So glad to have that thing out of our lives!

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UPDATE August 13 ~ A younger one has taken its place ~ Ugh~ ~ ~  ! !

garden pictures

The photos uploaded this morning ~ I guess old faithful computer just needed a night’s rest.

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The plant stand Scott made.

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Tomato, basil, herbs, flowers, etc.

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Potatoes

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coneflowers mostly

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our fenced in garden with deer guard on top ~ it’s working !

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spiral herb garden ~ work in process ~ the ginger mint is planted here so far.

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The tomato plants I thought would grow so large, but they are much smaller than the others planted in the key-hole gardens! I also planted cucumbers here which are starting to come up~!

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beans planted here in this KHG, also kale and garlic in the raised beds.

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This is where I planted old seeds and now all these squash plants are flourishing with lots of flowers and soon to be squash ~ can’t wait ~

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The tall tomato plants ~ ~ ~ ! ! !