September 20, 2008

Today We Lost a Family Member and a Friend

Today we lost a very special friend of nearly 16 years when Sammy passed away.

Marlon rescued Sammy from an animal shelter in St. Joseph, Missouri as a kitten. Within a few months, Marlon and Sammy moved to Raytown, Missouri.

There Sammy met her new friend, Gypsy.

Sammy liked visiting the outdoors.

Sammy and Gypsy learned how to eat out of plastic bowls...back then we apparently couldn't afford actual cat dishes.

Sammy enjoyed lounging around on the couch in the downstairs family room.

Then everyone moved to Colorado and soon lived in a house.

And Sammy loved to sit by the upstairs railing looking down on the rest of the house.

Sammy always posed like a model with her right paw extended like this.

In 2002, when Sammy was 9 years old, all of a sudden she stopped eating. Suffering from fatty liver, she had a tube inserted into her stomach so that we could feed her through it until she got better.

And six months later, Sammy WAS better. Thank you to Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Littleton, Colorado and especially Dr. Markee Kuschel.

She always liked to rub against her gargoyle on top of the fireplace.

Sammy loved it when we got a paper shredder.

She could enjoy herself for hours with a single strip of paper.

Here's a video of her having fun with paper.
Sammy loved to sleep above Marlon's head when he was napping.

She loved playing in boxes before they went in the trash.

Sammy always worshiped the sun.

She trusted Marlon and always looked like an acrobat on his arm.

Here she is practicing sun worship again.

Sammy always loved lying in a warm pile of laundry.

Sammy and her new buddy, Chatfield, began their RV adventure a little over a year ago and we hope she enjoyed it. Because we really enjoyed having her with us.

To see Sammy featured in our blog, type her name in the blogger search box at the top of the screen.

Dedicated to Sammy...we miss you.

To be continued...

July 15, 2008

St. Louis, Missouri

Heading west from Bloomington, Indiana, we quickly entered Illinois.
Then we quickly left Illinois and were once again in our home state of Missouri.

We spent three nights in the historic St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Missouri at the Sundermeier RV Park.

We drove by the famous St. Louis Arch.

We visited friends Matt and Jeff at their business, Four Muddy Paws.
A complete mutt store must include gourmet doggie treats...
resident dog food connoisseurs...
and self-service doggie wash bays.
We had a barbecue at our friends' mansion. It was a little bigger than our motorhome...

and the cat even had its own apartment!
The next day we took a bicycle tour of a new development nearby called New Town.
New Town features traditional homes, as well as housing inspired by cities in America and around the world, brought together in a small town community.
Row houses feature front stoops of yesteryear.

To be continued...

July 12, 2008

Wylie House, Bloomington, Indiana

Today we visited the Historic Wylie House Museum.
Built in 1835, it was the home of the first president of Indiana University, Andrew Wylie.

Using an inventory taken in 1859, the house is furnished as it would have looked prior to 1860 with Wylie family heirlooms and other period pieces.

Take a look at some of the furnishings...

Space-saving trundle beds provide two beds which can be made into the size of only one when not in use.
Marlon decided he wouldn't fit it this chair. They must have been shorter and had smaller rears in the 19th century.
An herb garden dominates the Wylie House Museum's backyard.

To be continued...

July 11, 2008

Lake Monroe, Bloomington, Indiana

Cedar Ridge Camping Resort is just down the road from Lake Monroe and its dam.

The man-made reservoir was completed in 1965 at a cost of $16.5 million.

According to, musician John Mellencamp resides lakeside.

For more pictures, go to , pictures 109-123.

To be continued...

Offbeat Attractions, Bedford, Indiana

After leaving Bluespring Caverns, we began looking for some of the offbeat locations around Bedford we had read about on the internet.

We found the location of what calls the Obsessive Sign Maker of Bedford, Indiana.

Sam Shaw has been erecting his signs and exercising his freedom of speech regarding political, religious and other issues for years despite the many fines assessed him by the City of Bedford.

We found this neat, old abandoned Phillips 66 Station in Bedford.

In the nearby town of Oolitic, we found the 10 foot tall statue of mid-20th century comic strip character Joe Palooka. Carved out of limestone, Joe weighs in at 20,000 pounds...making Marlon a true lightweight.

Bedford is known as "the limestone capital of the world" and was to be the location of a limestone-themed tourist attraction featuring limestone replicas of the Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

Marlon stands at the abandoned park's entrance.

It seems the park was granted federal funding of $200,000 in the early 1980's but fell victim to Senator William Proxmire's Golden Fleece Award which he awarded to projects he felt were wasting taxpayer money. Funding and work on the project were abruptly halted in 1981.

This was a view toward the property from a nearby cemetery. We aren't sure if this was to represent the Great Wall but it sure looked neat.
Using the Consumer Price Index, $200,000 in 1981 would be $473,000 in 2009 dollars. Doesn't sound so much in the whole scheme of things...

It sounds like it could have been an interesting attraction featuring replicas of world landmarks most people will never see in their lifetime.
One thing's would have better than the abandoned piece of land it is now.

To be continued...