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Places I'd rather be.......

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007, at 7:23 PM

I don't know about the rest of you, but if it doesn't cool down soon, I don't know if I can be responsible for my actions...

This morning I watched that silly CBS weatherman, Dave Price, clad in a purple and pink ski outfit, gaggling on and on from ASPEN,COLORADO about how COOL it was there! Forty-seven degrees, to be exact!

For Pete's Sake, he was JUST in Memphis yesterday, where it was 106!! It isn't fair!

And yesterday I got "Casual Living: a lighthearted approach to life," a catalog, filled with the most gracious, elegant, cool-looking, lounging-on-the-patio type clothes. Where do those women live, anyway? Not in the hills of Tillman, Missouri, that's for sure.... My dogs would rip that "shimmering gold foil georgette duster" all to pieces... (What IS "georgette," anyway?)

One especially elegant swimsuit (black, of course) is described as "makes legs look longer." Yeah, I think I'll order that little number and see if it works its long-legged wonders on this old decrepit body.

None of those long-legged models look as if they've spent a day in 106 degree weather in their lives...

When I was in my twenties and went on a diet, I'd clip an especially alluring photo like that little black number out of a magazine and tape it to the refrigerator. I don't know how much good it did, but my husband sure did enjoy it.. Wonder if it'd help me now?

All day I've been thinking of places I would rather be...... Lounging on a cool patio on the Gulf...with a hurricane blowing in... Walking on the beach in that "sea swept crinkle cotton capri set" on page 53...

How can it be 47 degrees in Colorado, when it's 106 in Memphis? Why do we all not live in Colorado? Mmmm...okay, I know why, don't tell me. Same reason we don't all live in Alaska, where the temps are oh so pleasant right now. They all have to pay the piper in December and January, while we're down here ....... uh, oh, can't finish that thought, because it might not be a picnic in Missouri in December and January...

Well, I'll just drink my ice tea and look through this silly catalog, pretending that I'm somewhere else...at least for tonight.

Maybe I'll feel better in the morning....

Signing off from the cool hills of Tillman, this is your Advance NSC staff writer

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All other things being equal (including finances), I'd rather be horseback riding high in the mountains of Montana or Wyoming and camping out by a swift stream. No, better to have a cute little log cabin. We'd catch trout and cook them over an open fire on the stream bank. The stream would be so cold that we'd keep our Diet Cokes (and/or bottles of wine) in the stream until we wanted one. Ahhhhhhhhh.

Do I sense a road trip coming on? Goat Lady, Minnie, Letseatcake, Truthy and Yellow Rose - just how much gear (and cake) can we cram in an SUV? I'm ready to leave.

-- Posted by Ducky on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 11:34 AM

Maddie you lived in Alaska and enjoyed all that cool weather now you can enjoy all that beautiful MO. weather, I see by the Statesman that it is 91 today, well here in Kal. Mi. it is 80 and great weather to pick sweet corn and put it in the freezer, and a great day to play golf but my sweetie had other plans, well maybe tomorrow.

-- Posted by rusty nail on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 3:38 PM

Count me in on that road trip, Ducky! I can have the goats hitched up and ready to take off at first light in the morning!

Ahhhh, I can taste that trout now!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 3:55 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I'm packed and ready to go, girls! Let's leave this burg behind!! If we're going to Colorado, I may have to cancel my order for that capri outfit on page 53...and get some fleece-lined gear!

It's hard for me to believe those days in Alaska, Rusty Nail. When we came back in '75, my husband was looking forward to SWEATING! Can you believe that? We hadn't sweated in six years!

MD, there was one stretch of Sahara like weather in Fairbanks that you may have simply scrubbed from your memory banks. It was the horrific heat wave in about '71 that caused many people to sweat like ... (you fill in the blank). It was over 80 for four or five straight days. One day it even hit about 85. To Fairbanksers that was baking hot! So this summer doesn't seem so bad now, or, does it?

Madeline Dejournett's response:

I had forgotten that, FJGuy. I think it was '70. The sun was obscured by the smoke from the forest fires. I was horrified to learn that many Fairbanksans had painted their windows shut and, of course, no one bothered with air conditioning. Fairbanks sold out of what few fans they had in the stores.

Only about 5 inches of snow that winter, too, if I remember correctly. Strange year.

-- Posted by FJGuy on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 6:26 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I had forgotten that, FJGuy. I think it was '70. The sun was obscured by the smoke from the forest fires. I was horrified to learn that many Fairbanksans had painted their windows shut and, of course, no one bothered with air conditioning. Fairbanks sold out of what few fans they had in the stores.

Only about 5 inches of snow that winter, too, if I remember correctly. Strange year.

Still, it's a far cry from 107!

Ducky, we will have to bring my mom because her hot flashes will help melt anything frozen. Also,my Dad and younger siblings will only appreciate her more once they become constipated,because if she isn't around,no fresh vegetables or fruit will be eaten!

You will love her sweatty self,and maybe you can encourage her to post on this website.

I would love a roadtrip with my cyber galpals!

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 6:33 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Sorry, guys - didn't mean to post twice, and I don't see a delete button for that...

We would love for you to bring your mom, Yellow Rose! She sounds very wise!

Hahaha! Great to have all that fruit along, too!!


You can count on me to bring my namesake! Sounds like a promising trip. You bring the horses. I'll furnish the beverages! And if the trout are biting, I'll furnish the main course!

-- Posted by bringwine on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 9:58 PM

Sounds like you all are going to have fun, but I think I will stay put. There are lots of things to do here. There is trout fishing within driving distance and Sunday I am going on a float trip on the Current, after church of course. I love the heat. Old bones hurt in the cold, mine anyway. Of course the cold drinks in the stream sound tempting.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 10:35 PM

OOO I would like to go with you gals but my wife said noo.

-- Posted by rusty nail on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 6:44 AM

Okay, girls, look's as if it's just the girls who are free to fly off to the Great Northwest! Or is Colorado considered "north"? It's definitely "west," and I guess we could say we're "off to the mountains"!

Of course, we could also say that we're just plain OFF: "off the wall," "off base," "off our rockers,"off the deep end,"off kilter..."

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:12 AM

Count me in, Ducky...I'll pack a baked Alaska just to get us in the mood!

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 3:21 PM

...and Yellow Rose...fear not, I'll pack a carrot cake and throw in a pineapple-upside down cake for your relatives so they'll have their fill of fruits and veggies!

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 3:25 PM

All right! And we'll have fun, fun, fun til our daddy takes the t-bird awaa-hay!!!!

Wooeeee - woooeeeoooeeeee!

gotta play Beach Boys, even if we're headed to the mountains!! I can't think of any rowdy mountain music that pleases like the beachie boys!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 3:34 PM

So? Mr. IB how was the Current? Did you have too many cool ones?

-- Posted by D.W.B. on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 8:13 AM

Hey, you know what, the water was great. It was kind of a cloudy day so not near as much of a chance of sunburn. Like it could get past that quart of SPF 50 I gobbed on anyway.

All in all it was a great day. We had our son from Springfield and his two kids with us which caused a minor problem or embarrasment for me.

There was a lot of bad language on the river by 30, 40 and 50 year old men and women alike. I wouuld half way expect it from people of a younger age. I felt kind of bad that my 6th and 4th grade grandkids had to hear it. People were hollering things that I wouldn't say in private, let alone public. Not a family rated place.

What has happened here? I know that my mother and father would never have used that kind of language in public.

We shouldn't condemn the young kids for their music if what I heard is acceptable from mature people in public.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 8:05 PM

Oh, dear, I am also headed for the Current this week, and I don't like the sound of the crowd which I.B. described. Not one bit!

I.B., were you at that beach on the left down below the bridge at Van Buren?

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 9:41 PM

We went North of the bridge and floated back down to the bridge.

I was in the military 21 years and have heard about every word you can dream up and used most of them at some time or other, but this just didn't seem like the place to me. It wasn't the college and high school age kids that were the worst either.

One thing that was real nice. We went to Big Springs afterward and had a little picnic. It was real nice and quiet and the crowd was more of the atmosphere that you would want to be around with a family of young kids.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 10:54 PM

Well it is good to hear that you didn't drown. I wonder why people want to be so stupid and vulgar in public places.

-- Posted by D.W.B. on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 3:02 PM

It was nice as far as the actual float went. The water was just the right temp and the sun was kind of hidden behind clouds most of the time, so less burn.

Wonder how we got to the point of it being acceptable to conduct yourself like that in public. It didn't used to be.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 6:55 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Has anyone ever been to Whippoorwill Lake and Campground between Advance and Marble Hill? I have driven past that turn off for 20 years or more, but I never checked it out. I was there today, and I'm gonna do a story on it in the NSC. I had no idea! It's beautiful!

A Polish couple bought it last year and are adding some things, like a redwood pier from which you can feed very large catfish. It has what looks to be a very nice swimming area, and the cabins are rustic and charming.

I'm eager to try them out! I think I'll go on an outing there, instead of Van Buren. Whippoorwill is family-oriented.

Didn't even know it was there. I will ask a guy at work about it tomorrow. He seems to go camping every weekend somewhere.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Wed, Aug 22, 2007, at 9:20 PM

Madeline,my folks love "undiscovered" family places like that.I think for an anniversary gift for them I'd like to take a family trip on every Monday federal holiday to local places like this Whippoorwill Lake.

Where exactly is it located and are there other gems that you can think of to visit?

They lo-o-o-ove Mingo already and live for Eagle Days!

Yes,I feel favored child status being deferred already!

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 9:36 AM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
I should have brought the brochure and information home from the newspaper office, so I could look up that website that the owner was so proud of! I googled "Whippoorwill Lake, Marble Hill, Missouri," and found a couple of reviews that RV people had written about it. The 12-acre lake is on 135 wooded acres on Bollinger Co. Rd 522, which is about half-way between Advance and Marble Hill. Marble Hill is about a 15 minute drive north from Advance.

You can't miss the turn off. There's a rustic wooden hut, sitting on the left side of the highway (if you're going north from Advance), with a wooden cowboy leaning up against it. The sign is very obvious, and it declares Whippoorwill Lake and Campground to be 4.5 miles south of Marble Hill. That would make it closer to them than to us -- but it's a short drive, either way.

I'm probably not gonna get the story done for next week, since I have to make a trip to my sister's ....but I'll try to do it for the first NSC in September.

I wore out before I got to see the inside of the cabins, but they are so cute! I don't have an RV, but I saw about two dozen of them in two different locations. The place is so peaceful! They also have horse trails, but they don't rent horses.

There's another place farther north, between Marble Hill and Marquand. It's called "Trail's End," and it's smaller than Whippoorwill Campground and more primitive. It's on the Castor River. I've never stayed there, but I've driven out there some. I'd have to look up the directions...

I hope some of our fellow bloggers will help me out with ideas!

I'm planning on making a "Destination Adventure" type coupon book with the different places.

My older sister, her Majesty the Queen of Essex, has made an awesome gift for them, I thought I was going to have to give another gift certificate to Hickory Log again and it would still suck next to hers!

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 6:33 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
What a NEAT idea!! I work with our senior citizen center in Advance, and we're always trying to think of fundraising ideas, like a quilt raffle, etc... Our new director says that her family has a cabin...(forget where)..and they've raffled off a free weekend as a fundraiser for various organizations.

I find that idea very appealing right now. I'll bet it's cool in those hills at night....

If you're interested in leaving the immediate SE MO area, I can vouch for Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. They have a website at www.dogwoodcanyon.com. It's south and west of Branson near the Missouri/Arkansas line. You could take them to see a show and do some shopping in Branson too. But no, you said they enjoy nature - so just visit Dogwood Canyon and avoid Branson like the plague. I did. They have cabins, hiking trails, bike rentals, etc. I think they're affiliated with Bass Pro Shop so your dad would probably love it.

-- Posted by Ducky on Mon, Aug 27, 2007, at 1:21 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Up date: For you NSC readers, I wrote up the story on Whippoorwill Lake yesterday and will submit it for next week's paper. If it doesn't get pushed out by all the Labor Day holiday coverage, you'll see it Sept 5. Of course, after Labor Day, there's the Bell City and Bloomfield Community Days' coverages, so it could be down the pike a few weeks... Website is www.whippoorwilllake.com

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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