The Western Adventure begins…. Heading out the driveway
We headed west in our RV on Thursday, June 5th. We arrived at Nancy & Gil’s on Saturday, June 7th and had a wonderful visit with them and their family. Our niece Kelly and nephew Chris and their families dropped by late afternoon. We met our newest great niece – 3 week old Carley Hart. She slept through most of our visit but is a beautiful baby girl.
Cindy & Carley Hart – June 2014
Nancy and Peyton – June 2014
Kelly with Peyton and Madison – June 2014
Peyton is one flexible kid!
Kip with Peyton and Madison – June 2014
guys… comparing biceps…
The Hart Family – June 2014
Sunday we headed to wine country with Nancy and Gil and enjoyed the ride through rolling hills and farmland near the Missouri River. We stopped by their favorite winery, Wine Country Gardens in Defiance, MO and had lunch outside in the gardens. We were surrounded by large hosta and flowers.
Holly & John, Nancy & Gil – Wine Country Gardens – Defiance, MO – June 2014
Holly & Nancy – Wine Country Gardens – Defiance, MO
Wine Country Gardens – Defiance, Missouri
Wine Country Gardens terrace
Daniel Boone built cabins on each of his kid’s property (Daniel had 10 children, 7 of whom lived to marry and give him 68 grandchildren!) We toured Daniel Boone’s home in Defiance, MO. It is classic Georgian style architecture and took about 7 years to complete. The walls are two and a half feet thick, complete with rifle ports, and made of Missouri blue limestone, quarried locally. The home overlooks the village, containing over a dozen buildings that were moved here from within 50 miles of this site. Each building dates back to the 1800’s and represents what a pioneer village may have been like during this time.
Gil & Nancy, and John at the Daniel Boone House – June 2014. No photography was allowed inside.
the path to the village from the Daniel Boone Home – Defiance, MO – June 2014
Hunters long house in the village near the Daniel Boone Home – Defiance, MO
unidentified butterfly on butterfly weed, Daniel Boone Home, Defiance, MO
unidentified flowers, Daniel Boone Home, Defiance, MO. The flower clusters are about 3 inches across in size.