Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall road trip - Missouri color

Our idea to swing into southern Missouri on our way to Oktoberfest around Hermann turned out to be a good one. Last night we stayed at Bennett Springs State Park. We just assumed there would be no problem with a spot to stay. And there wasn't--only because we were there on a Friday night. We were told the park was completely booked the rest of the weekend. It is no wonder because it is a beautiful place in the fall. Also, because of the spring trout are released in the river and this is the last weekend for fishing.


We briefly stopped at the outlet mall at Osage Beach. Just not in the mood to shop. It is huge, though.

From Jefferson City, we took Hwy 94 east to Hermann. This is a beautiful fall drive. It follows the Katy Trail and all the little whistle stop towns. We topped at a rummage sale at one of them. It is a good way to hear a little local news.

We are parked tonight in Daniel Boone Conservation Area. The entrance is about three miles east of the Hermann river bridge on the north side of the river, still on Hwy 94. The drive north up into the area is beautiful, as is where we are parked. It was heavy clouds and a little rainy so no pictures tonight. I won't be leaving without getting some in the morning, though.

Tomorrow, wine!!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Debate on a feed

It would seem as if I have my head in the sand if the Presidential debates aren’t at least mentioned. 

As we all know, Twitter has made its mark in today’s news reporting.  News feeds on that site from troubled areas of the world are now almost expected.  After the first debate, there were summaries of trends on Twitter which made me curious.  So, tonight I brought up a direct feed of the debate on the computer where I mostly listened but watched if an interesting point came up.  Then I also brought up TweetDeck with a column showing only the #debate feed. 

There were two times particularly when the comments were so quick and numerous that there was no way they could all be read.  The first was when Gov. Romney mentioned “binders full of women” and the second was when Pres. Obama said “gangbangers.” 

My assessment of this way of taking in the debate is people who tweet about this sort of thing fall into two categories, trying to be cute and supporting their candidate.  Still, it was interesting and maybe worth a try.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Find your next scenic drive on

Find your next scenic drive on

I have spent some time checking out this web site by looking at drives we have taken to see how they are presented.  I thought all were well done.  Note that when checking a specific drive on the provided map, you can have the map show only campgrounds, eating places, etc.