Sunday, July 27, 2008

Some Places We've Been, And Things We've Seen.

My granddaughter Mckenzie and her dad left for home Saturday morning, after spending 6 days with me. We had a wonderful time visiting, eating, going places, and just being together. I thought I'd post a few of the many pictures I took. I hope you enjoy them.

As we were heading to Big Spring State Park in Van Buren, Missouri, I took this picture of the scenic view from the car window.

We decided to have lunch at the beautiful stone Lodge, in the park. Here is Mckenzie posing nicely at the entrance to the Lodge.

Big Spring State Park is a beautiful park. Unfortunately, after lunch, when we went to the spring itself, my camera gave me the message that my memory card was full! Ugh! But at least I have a few pictures, like this one of the Lodge itself.

The view from the window inside the Lodge, where we sat and enjoyed a delicious lunch, while we also enjoyed the view of the river below.

Our favorite place to hang out, besides at home, was our little cabin on the river. We spent most of our time there.

Our favorite vehicle to cruise the river on.

Heading down to the water for a swim. Let's go Nana!
Back in March, when we had the flood around here, the water came up right to the edge of deck, where Mckenzie is in the picture, but fortunately, never actually got to the cabin itself. The cabin does sit on a hill, about 50 feet from the river.

Swimming in the Current River is fun and especially nice when the temperatures are sizzling!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Thank you for reading. I am so behind on visiting, but will catch up with everyone this week. Have a wonderful week. Hope it's cooler where you are!

PS. I miss you, Mckenzie, but will see you in October! Maya misses you, too! xoxo


Nonna said...

What lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us! Looks like you had a wonderful time with your son and granddaughter! I hope you have a great week Renie!!

Gramma Ann said...

Did I enjoy your picture tour? Yes, it is always fun to hear what others are doing and where they went for fun and play.

Looks like a good time was had by all...

Have a nice week catching up and getting back to your normal routine.

Brenda said...

Wow! That looks like a place I may like to visit someday. Missouri does have some very pretty spots. The river looks really nice also. Cleaner looking than some. I have heard that it is a great river to have a float trip on, but I have never been on a float trip. Probably very pretty in the fall also, which is just around the corner.
Have a peaceful week!

Jmkdreak said...

Very nice! Looks like a fun time!
The pictures are beautiful. Everything is still green!
the flood came higher up then that, to the steps I think.


ps Hi Mckenzie!

Mississippi Songbird said...

Great pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time...

hippochick said...

What a wonderful cabin you have, Renie. Thanks for sharing all those lovely pictures.

I don't think there is anything more wonderful than having time to spend with our families.

Like you, I'm behind on visiting and posting. Hope to catch up today.

~hippo hugs~

Linda said...

Guess you are experiencing empty house syndrome! It amazes me how much a house comes alive when children are there.

Your cabin is a wonderful place to get away. Just beautiful.

Thanks for sharing this special time with your son and granddaughter.

Sandy said...

Renie, looks like you had a great time and I enjoyed the pics. Your MacKenzie is a doll. I LOVE that cabin!!! Do you go there often.

Renie Burghardt said...


The cabin is 15 miles from the house, and yes, we spend a lot of time there during the summer, and fall. I also like to invite friends there for cookouts.


Big Spring is beautiful. Worth a visit. If my memory card had not been filled up, I would have taken a lot more pictures. We go there often in the spring, summer and fall, since it's only an hour's drive from here. That is where the Current River begins, and then flows through here, before joining the Black River, in Pocahontas, Arkansas. People from all over the country come here to take float trips. It's a popular tourist attraction. I haven't taken one in several years, but love to float on the river in the jetski. A little more comfortable than sitting in a big tube!

Thanks for visiting, friends.


Renie said...

I love your pictures of your trip to Big Springs! We were down in the Ozarks on Saturday at HA HA Tonka State Park. It was so nice to be able to get out after Nancy being so sick. We had a good time but it was HOT!!!
I love your cabin!!
Love and Hugs Grams

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The W.O.W. factor said...

Oh Renie! How lucky for the two of you to be able to spend such a grand time together!!! Memories to cherish forever!
Thanks for sharing them!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

So nice that you and family were able to spend time together and get out and do things.

Love looking at the photos on your blog. Thanks for visiting mine.

Anonymous said...

Renie I enjoyed the photos so much. It reminded me of my times on the Quachita river, I was born in Sparkman Arkansas and my Grandpa was a fisherman.
Your granddaughter is sweet. I just spent three weeks with my daughter and her four children, one of which is my oldest granddaughter. I am so proud of her and the job my daughter is doing, she allows her to be artsy in her dress, and Madi does have a definite style. She is 11 and looks 15 or so. She is tall for her age so has never fit in with her age group. She is gorgeous, (not at all predjudice) and tells her friends how pretty they are when they comment on her looks and how they wish they looked like her. I know how wonderful it is to spend time with these angels.
My other two granddaughters came for a visit they are 3 and 5 monts respectively. The three year old is all feminine and lacy. She walked into my rose bath and oohed and aahed over it. She tells you Pink is her favorite color and she loves to have her photo made.
So thanks for the memories on your blog. Made me smile.

Mary said...


I've caught up on all the posts I've missed. I'm so glad that your son and Mackenzie were there for a week so you could enjoy some family time.

Wow! The Lodge looks like a wonderful place and the photos of you and Mackenzie is beautiful. I left a comment on that post as well.

Take care, my friend and enjoy your woods. I always love visiting here.


Glo said...

I do so enjoy your pictures. I just love your cabin. Looks like one could for get all their troubles there.Beautiful.

I think Missouri is a Beautiful State. We have so many things to do and see,also beautiful parks.

It's a little cooler here today,but it's not going to last. We had a more rain today.Everything is so green. I hope Aug. isn't so hot it takes that part away from us.

Big {{hugs}}

Glo said...

I do so enjoy your pictures. I just love your cabin. Looks like one could for get all their troubles there.Beautiful.

I think Missouri is a Beautiful State. We have so many things to do and see,also beautiful parks.

It's a little cooler here today,but it's not going to last. We had a more rain today.Everything is so green. I hope Aug. isn't so hot it takes that part away from us.

Big {{hugs}}

Nancy said...

McKenzie is darling! I can jsut imagine how much you miss her now. I don't have any grandchildren but wish I did!

Your pics are truly beautiful!!! I am glad you had a great week!

I am trying to catch up on reading blogs, too. I get behind when I have to work long hours the last week of each month. I'd rather blog than do anything else! LOL

(((((( HUGS ))))))

Loretta said...

I loved the pictures. I am so glad you got to spend time with your loved ones. I can see myself at the cabin. It looks so relaxing. Have a wonderful week.

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ What lovely photos, the cabin and the surrounds are lovely. I am so glad you had a lovely visit with Joe and Mckenzie - but it's not all that long until October - not the way the time goes by. Thank you for your visit and I am glad you liked my bird feeder and solar fairy - I do too. Glad you liked Whispers and the Duct Tape and a Nail one. Always nice to have you visit, dear Renie. Take care, Love, Merle.

BClark said...

Great memories you are giving your granddaughter. Good ones for you also. So glad you had such a wonderful time and thank you for sharing. Barbara

Nonna said...

Hope your having a great week Renie!!

The W.O.W. factor said...

Hi Renie, Just checkin' and hoping your week is splendid so far!

Midlife Mom said...

What lovely pictures Renie! I really enjoyed seeing every one of them. What fun you had with your precious granddaughter! Like you, I just LOVE the times spent with my grandchildren!!!!! I would love to take a swim in that river, it looks so inviting! Nice cabin, what a wonderful place to make memories!!

Mountain Mama said...

What a wonderful time you had. You certainly made some special memories.
That swim in the river looks so refreshing.
Time with our loved ones is what makes life so worthwhile.
Love, hugs & prayers

Rosy said...

Glad to hear you had a wonderful time with your family and that river looks very inviting too.

Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Mary said...

Loved the pictures that you posted!
Grandchildren are so special!

Thanks for visiting my blog and your comments. Of course I was disappointed that you didn't list the random things soooooo I went into your archives and found some!:)
They were interesting,just like I knew they would be!


Sammy said...

Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time! I'd love to take a long drive through that part of the country. It's the only area I've not gotten to yet.

Have a wonderful weekend,

audrey` said...

The pictures are so lovely.
The time spent together is lovelier =)

deborah wilson said...


Looks like you and the family have been sharing a lot of time. And the cabin is very lovely.

I've been scooting around in the North Georgia mountains, after I finish tech (2 more classes), I'm going to be moving there.

It's was so beautiful, I did not want to come home!

Nonna said...

Renie, how has your week been so far? I was hoping we might get a little rain from Eduordo(sp) but so far, none. There has been a little wind and it hasnt been quite so hot today, so I am thankful for that. Thanks for always dropping by and leaving comments. I always look forward to hearing from you! xoxoxoxo

Tina Coruth said...


What lovely photos! I can see that you and Mckenzie had a great time. She is such a sweetheart. The view from your table at the restaurant is spectacular!