Well we did, but we only did that for part of the weekend.
And as soon as Grandma sends me some photos of their day I will add them here. (I heard daughter caught a fish with her 'Barbie' rod and reel!)
Wife and I planned to celebrate our anniversary on this weekend also, so we had a lot to pack in to three days.
Since I do such a dismal job of planning for anniversaries, wife took charge of this one and we headed west, first stopping in . . . . . .
. . . . Hermann Mo. An historical Missouri River town known for it's wurst
And award winning wines.
Wonderful rolling hills and fine scenery could keep an artist busy for a lifetime in this area.
And if you have artists block, just hit one of the wineries.
Next stop. . . .
Swiss Meats and Sausage Company Store. . .
which not only had some great Sausage and such, but also displayed this wonderful little cabin out front.
So far so good; log cabins, wine and wurst.
We next headed towards our evenings destination, with wife indulging me and allowing me to stop at yet more. . . .
. . . old buildings and. . .
. . . log cabin.
I have the perfect wife.
In many areas along this drive near Hermann you can sometimes feel like you are driving in old Europe with it's many small churches and brick buildings.
We then headed west finally ending in one of our favorite little historical towns. . .
Bonnotts Mill, Mo.. . .
where we always stay at. . .
The Dauphine Hotel Bed and Breakfast.
We first stayed here eight years ago and have come back several times to enjoy this very old world atmosphere.
Built in 1840, used as a hotel till about 1930.
Used as a home for a while before being turned back into a Bed and Breakfast.
In the past serving travelling salesmen and railroad workers, it still has all the old charm in a great setting.
. . . we really love the long front porches that make for a great place to drink the wine you got in Hermann and watch the trains go by, or. . .
You will not find a game room or TV in the B&B. (Although she does now have wireless Internet service if you need to scout out your next winery.)
We have spent several evenings with new and old friends in this room. . .
Or just drinking the wine.
This is the back landing near the dining room.
This one walks right out to the front porch.
After we settled in. . .
The town once boasted stores and banks and taverns and such, but now is mostly empty, but is well maintained for the most part.
Several buildings are advertising renters and we have seen a few come and go over the years.
This is the main drag, with the old bank building on the left.
The old brick building on the right would have been a mercantile of some sort.
The building in the center in the background. .
Other than breakfast at the B&B there is only one other place to eat in town and that is at. . .
Known for it's ribs and catfish, it is a great place to have dinner and hang out before heading back to the B&B.
After a great night sleep (complimentary ear plugs provided for the passing trains), we joined the rest of the guests for a full country breakfast.
The other couples were from the K.C and Independence areas.
I can't wait to go back.
Wife allowed me to stop at a couple other old places on the drive home, but we did make it home in time to . . .
Monday afternoon found us finding a little time. . .
Here daughter comes to the rescue with an umbrella.
And, least we forget. . .
. . we even made time to say thanks to those who served who are no longer with us.
Another great beginning of summer weekend!