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Favorite Getaways!

Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 9:45 AM

This beach is labeled "Rondinara Beach" and I found it on a Corsica Beaches site. No, I haven't been there, but it's fun to fantasize about it during these cold Missouri winters!
Since one of my favorite blogger buddies is toasting her toes on a faraway beach and posting back to us with tantalizing mental images of life in the warm climes, I decided to give you a chance to fantasize for a while.

I admit that the most distant beaches I've visited are in Florida and Virginia...so I'm a bit limited on that field. If you check my archives, you'll notice that most of my "getaways" are within a day's motor trip -- Branson, Van Buren, Whippoorwill Lake between here and Marble Hill (no kidding!), Trail's End campground (Bollinger County). Only thing I know about Corsica (where that photo was taken) is that Napoleon was born there...

Lest you think I have never been outside the U.S., think again! In fact, I recently used my passport to get my new driver's license. (Traveled to Chaffee for that, by the way...as per our earlier conversation about DMV locations and attitudes...) My passport is expired, but I was told that it doesn't matter; even if you have your baby picture on it, it's still good for driver's license renewal purposes.

But I digress, as usual! The point is -- We are ready for SPRING!! How do I know? I actually had CUSTOMERS in the NSC office yesterday! No kidding! People in Advance do not get out in bad weather, so it's been ....what..at least three months... since I had anyone walk in my office!! Yes, yes, maybe I'm exaggerating just a tad -- but it's been pretty lonely in there! Of course, it didn't help that I didn't have heat for several days (even before the ice hit). Then, there's the usual rash of sickness...etc., etc., etc....ad infinitum!

I'm looking longingly at the poppy seeds that I bought at D.G. - four for a dollar - I have them hanging on the wall by the window. I can hardly wait to plant my flowers in front of the office. I should have lots of volunteers coming up from last year!

Ahhhhhhhh.......!!! Summer time! Get out the seed and travel catalogs and browse, as the sun stays in the sky longer and longer.

As bad as we think we've had it this year, I'm well aware that my old stomping grounds in Fairbanks has a temp. of -24F today, and they're getting 8 hours and 55 minutes of daylight (not sunlight). Their sun comes up at 8:55 a.m. and sets at 17:33 (that's military time...so is it about 5:30 p.m.? Doesn't sound right...)March is still pretty dismal up there.

Okay, so I'm ready for some recipes for getaways -- whether it's planning a trip to Hawaii, browsing through the seed catalog, or sitting in a sunny window in the breakfast nook!!

From the suddenly sunny hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your rural reporter Madeline, suffering with a bad case of Cabin Fever...

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SKD, My Becking connection comes through my Grandpa's sis, Emma or Cora, I'm not clear which one married a Becking, Gordon, I think, BUT, I do remember Glendall from childhood, teenage years....Barry Becking was a friend in my school years, Lana Becking (J.T.'s girl?? NOT!) was a childhood fantasy,(we were in the Little Miss Bernie pageant, WAY BACK) and when kinfolk from California were back home, there were Becking(s) at my Grandpa and Grandma's house for Sunday dinner after church, as we all belonged to the First Baptist Church in Bernie....funny how folks come around in this small world....this will be fun, and I will refresh my memories further as we go, Thanks for the memories just now..Regards, kkr

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 7:52 PM


Beckings - Lynette, Lisa, Kathy, Jill were cousins to my first husband.. they are daughters of Joe and Helen.

First husband's uncle Sonny (Glendall)married Joyce Burch.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 6:31 PM

SKD, I'll have to gather my memory moss into a pile, but Coats, Watson, Whitehead, Wethington,

among others come to mind, but the Becking connection.....who married a Burch?? and which Becking offspring?? Curious folk inquire?? Regards, kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Tue, Feb 24, 2009, at 6:36 PM


No to all the B's of the A list from Bernie. Although I know quite a few of those wonderful (some not so) folks. As well as the Farmer's, Featherston's, Bosch's, Zimmerman's, and the list goes on and on. I was related by first marriage to the Zimmerman and Mickey family, who in turn are married into the Becking's, Burch branches.

My family that still around that area last names begin with C or W.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 8:31 PM

How wonderful to remember these stories, keep-em coming until I return from Texas.

-- Posted by changedname on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 8:30 PM

I could use a Hershey right now, in fact! I'm chocolate-deprived!! I haven't had any since 6 p.m. last night!! Let's see, is it worth making a trip into town??? Nothing substitutes for chocolate! I think it qualifies as a "Getaway" all in itself!! Haha! A Chocolate Getaway!!

I'll start saving my pennies!! Hey, has anyone seen the new Lincoln pennies yet?? I must get some for my grandson in Minnesota!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 5:12 PM

Hey there, GL and fellow readers! A trip I've always wanted to take is a cross-country train excursion. Wouldn't that just be fun? Then again, I still dream of waking up in Hershey, PA--just sniffing the air! I've never been there. I'd like to visit the Amish country, then go to Hershey and not count a single calorie! I think I'd not count a penny spent either. I suppose that means I'd better start digging around for those pennies. I've enjoyed reading about escapes, both near and far.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 4:39 PM

Guess I'm remembering those bridges wrong...It's been a long time...

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 1:24 PM

SKD, The restaurant in Bernie, in actuality was a cafe, seasonal game was on the menu, and this was in the era before either of us was even a gleam in our Daddy's eye!! I have old photos of the place....Sandra Kay was the name I was seeking, HOWEVER, if your folks still live in Bernie, then we have a commonality...SKB???? HMMMMM??? I'll have to mull this one over!! Beacham, Burlison, BECKING??, if it is the latter, then shirt-sleeve kin, you are!! Let's keep talking, lady, 'cause this gets to be FUN!! Regards, my dear, and Be Well!!...kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Sat, Feb 21, 2009, at 1:44 AM

KK are we related twin bridges and Arrowhead Park are the ideal spots. No Sharon Kay and birth name started with B. But attending school in Bernie certainly put you in the company of a vast number of my kin. What restaurant in Bernie? My parents live in Bernie still or I should say again we lived in Malden for my school years as dad worked for the city there. Yes this has become a very interesting blog indeed, we may "dig up kin" before we're through. Have a wonderful night!

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 7:40 PM

GL, Darn, if I don't remember that those bridges were parallel, you had to go over both of them to clear the Castor River and/or its' tributaries??Correct my geography, PLEASE!!!AND YES, I do remember a bit of a feud over the campgrounds, BUT **** that was a long ago time!!

GL, When you didn't grow up in the old Mississippi Delta,(prehistorically speaking), which all of the old swamps in the Bootheel were part of, black cypress swamp, old sand bars, areas of hardwoods, and quicksand!! then might I suggest that you spend some academic time in reading on the subject, albeit a most limited number of volumes!! My dear fellow SEMO natives, we should, at our own labours(sic) endeavour(sic)

to form a more balanced and accurate opinion as to the origins of our native SWAMPS!!! My maternal great-grandparents were fortunate enough to have landed on the dry side of the old settlement of Como, out from Parma, in the early 1900's, after migrating from Illinois, and finding share work with the Jewett family in that part of, I believe, New Madrid county, prosp0ered and were able to relocate to the Sadler's Chapel locale soon therafter.....That ground was so new that the cottonmouths were still nine feet long!! My paternal grandfather and his brother-in-law were working for #1, the lumber company (Gideon Lumber), and #2, the Cotton Belt railroad, newly arrived down the old line from St. Louis, the "ST.L.& S.F.RR.WY.) Grandpa was a section foreman until a mule hauler pulled a load of ties over his leg, which converted him into a restaurant owner in Bernie, and guess who his new cook was???My Grandma, and her half-brother was a mule skinner, hauling cypress logs out of that swamp land east of Bernie!!! I do digress, an have been excessively verbose hereon, HOWEVER, as for SKDELLINGER!!! A moment of clarity has formed, (or not), did your birth name begin with a "W", and is your given name Sandra Kay?? Further, do the initials RVT, (in grade school) mean anything?? I may have stepped into sterile soil here, BUT the first two intials have me wondering, if, in your early days, and think long on this one, did anyone ever present you with a small bottle of Chanel#5 as a token of their inestimable esteem and adoration at the time?? This adventure is a hoot, accurate, or not, and I relent not in the pursuit of friends, compatriots, and fellow denizens of that world in which we grew and from which we sprung!!! Regards, and Best to All,(especially the Castor River crowd), kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 5:22 PM

Oh, boy, you two flatlanders know a lot about the backroads! Arab is the only place in the immediate area where you can get bait, hot dogs, gas, and groceries. You can even pick up a stray dog that someone's dumped. It's one of the last old time grocery stores left.

My husband and I used to put a john boat in at the first of the twin bridges and float down to the second bridge. That was a long time ago. I don't know if you can do it now. There were two old men who feuded back & forth between the two campgrounds.

I don't know how people stand the flatlands, but those folks at Kennett just love the fact that they can see their neighbors 5 miles down the highway...

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 1:34 PM

SKD, You may be from the sandy loam bars like I am, but your mention of the Castor brings images of the twin bridges area out west of Lutesville/Marble Hill.....take the old gravel/dirt road to the left just past the bridges and you're headed downstream towards the Bear Creek watershed, as I remember, go past the lefthander that takes you back out to Lowndes, across the old iron bridge, but go on straight and you'll come to old Elzie Allen's cabin and farm place, where the spring was boxed in at the cabin and ran clear and cold into Bear Creek at the old camping area and swimming hole....Alas my latest intel, from a cousin in Dexter is that the creek has changed greatly and the old deep area is now a gravel shoal, but the road should still be there, and if you turn right past the cabin you soon get on to state maintenance and come out on Z(??) Hwy which goes back to Arab on MO 51 and back south past Zalma, but then its been a few years!!!! I grew up in Bernie, through 10th grade

so a trip up to the hills was ALWAYS a treat, especially a camping weekend up at Allens' place on Bear Creek....Be Well, Regards, kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:09 PM

kk - it takes a true semo person to even know where Lowndes is. I know a gal whose hubby's granpa preached at a church there and that is where they got married. Lovely scenery. I am not a hillbilly, grew up in the flats at Bernie/Malden, but spent lots of time in the hills at my Granny's house between Marble Hill and Scopus. I love the hills. I have spent many a wonderful hour sitting on the banks of the Castor River at Grassy, for Bluegrass shows and camping.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 9:52 AM

Great Getaways???HMMMMMM!!! Try Point Tarare on Guadeloupe, French West Indies, C'est vieux est Magnifique!! BUT, if you are into the Ozarks, like most of us old hillbillies, then I'll take the Ozark National Riverways area, from Ellington, down to Doniphan. Big Spring, Hawes Camp, "GooseNeck", among others. Should you be of-a-mind to go out West, there is a beautiful area north of Strawberry, AZ, in what hopefully remains of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Blue Springs Camp, downslope from the Ranger Station. Breakfast at the old inn on the curve in Strawberry is legendary!! Take your picks folks, there are many more, and I must acknowledge that we all have our favorites!! I still like Lake Wappapello, and the Bear Creek area, out north of Lowndes/Gipsy, chiggers and all. Regards to all, kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 9:45 AM

Boogie Woogie! All right! Used to listen for hours to my mom's old 78's! Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, Spike Jones... I even loved the scratches! They were great, until they broke in too many places to tape back together! (Spike Jones wasn't boogie woogie...I just threw him in there for good measure!)

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 9:52 PM

I listen to digital radio through my cable and the last time my oldest granddaughter was here she got so tickled watching me dance in the kitchen making breakfast. It was worth a million just to make her laugh like that.

Temptations, Supremes, The Spinners, Otis Redding, great sounds. How about Jan & Dean?? I can be spurred into a little dance with a multitude of musical genres. Nothing like a little Glen Miller Orchestra to get the boogie shoes moving!

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 8:45 PM

I heard that! My sister and I jumped up from her sofas this weekend to dance to "Life in the Fast Lane" by the Eagles! Haha! It was ridiculous! She said, "Dance like nobody's watching!" and we did!

Ooohh, I like the sound of that Florida trip! What a fantasy!

As for the fuzzy dogs, almost everybody I know (and care about) has dogs or cats! That's the norm!! Can't empathize with people who don't have them!!

We'll give Lovebooks time to recuperate from her trip south!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 6:04 PM

OOps-I forgot to add that I did listen to Janis and the others from the Woodstock era. I'm sorry that so many musicians threw their lives away to drugs. I have a Janis Joplin Hits 33 rpm that nobody can take away from me. I also have both Woodstock sets. My favorites were the Beach Boys and the Supremes though. Anything Motown can get me out of my chair--but look out!! Stuff moves now that didn't even exist when they were popular. Ha ha!

-- Posted by GONENOW on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 5:03 PM

GL--Silver River is crystal clear, originating from Silver Springs, where the original Tarzan movies were made. You can see gorgeous underwater life, and fish that would cost $2000 if one decided to catch one. I pass. It is ten minutes from my house to the boat basin. A boat trip to the springs and back to the basin takes about 3 hours. When you come, we'll feel like we've stepped into the past. Nature is still nature along this river. I can't promise monkeys--if they decide to be shy, they are not seen. Other times, it is a real gift to see their world. A few years ago, some health nuts wanted to sterilize or poison them because they thought they carried AIDS. They don't, but if they did you'd have to get out and terrorize them to get one to bite you! For once, the right way won. The monkeys are not to be bothered. They have survived here since the 1940's. So--come on down!

I miss my loved ones in Missouri, but I love this home. I doubt I ever leave it. I can visit MO--and then come back to my second home. Really, MD, you can come anytime. You won't mind staying in a house with two fuzzy dogs. ( I have a feeling it won't be long until another boxer moves in.) Swing by and pick up lovebooks. You don't have to tell her where she's going. Ha! She won't mind staying with me--once she figures out who I am.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 4:58 PM

Oh, oh, oh!!! What FUN!!! Where do I begin??

I want to see the Silver Ridge monkeys!!! I thought you were kidding when you first mentioned them!! Wild monkeys in Florida?? I have to see that!!

As to those "no see ums," I guess they're pretty rugged, because I saw...er..FELT them in Valdez, Alaska, too! That's a pretty wide environmental range!

Hahaha, I was just going to say "Skin So Soft" when GN mentioned it! I love these blogs!

Dellinger, I SO agree about Janis Joplin! I felt like a real outsider during that era, because I, too, didn't "get" it. My brother, however, DID. Unfortunately...

Scotty, you have me pegged, dear child. Mid-sixties gets it.

And Hoon, Evil Spawn, "ageless and heartless" I will own up to, but only a reactionary creature such as yourself would call me "mindless"!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 3:46 PM

Cheers4--It is "Skin so Soft." It is now noted by Avon that it repels bugs. The best repellent for the no-see-ms is heavy clothes! I even have one of those hats with a mesh face/neck cover. If the fish are bitin'--I'm not leavin'. The price for watching the sunset from the boat is that we'll battle bugs on the river back to the dock. Hey--cheap enough! Pensacola, I wish I could be there for tonight's sunset. I like to think it just doesn't happen when I'm not there to participate. Ha!

-- Posted by GONENOW on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 11:50 AM

GOAT is ageless Bon...and mindless....and heartless!

SKDell.....another fan of HOON!!!!!!! YES!

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 10:45 AM

Ah, GONENOW, you have made me homesick for the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida with the mention of dancing dolphin and even the dreaded no-see-ums! On PC Beach we could look out the window and see dolphin frolicking every morning. The only way to escape the no-see-ums was to slather on some concoction from Avon - I cannot remember the name but it was a clear oil that was not intended for insect repellent but worked well as one. (For some reason I have never been approaced by Avon to be a spokesperson for aforementioned product! haha) Have a wonderful day!

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 10:41 AM

GL, some of the Eagles band members are in there mid sixties. I'm betting you are not far from that. Brian Wilson, formerly of the Beach Boys, is in his mid sixties. I bet I'm close GL.

-- Posted by BonScott on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 9:32 AM

Ah, GL I missed your post about tubing in Current River, I never had anything stronger than Pepsi when I was tubing there and Loved every moment. Until the sunburn caught up with me anyway. The key to that was don't wade in, find a deep spot and jump in and get the shock over with.

Sounds like Hoon and I frequented the same summer hang-outs too. Of course in southeast Missouri it would be kind of hard not to. Ah, the wonderful memories of summertime and good family fun.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 8:22 AM

Music and escape, now that's the Best way to start any vacation get-a-way.

MD - we seem to share some of the same hang-outs. My mom's family used to gather up at Whippoorwill Lake for our family reunion. My oldest daughter and her family love to go there because it gives the kids plenty to entertain them. Of course Michael only needs the lake since fishing is his escape.

I have seen the Pacific ocean from the seat of a truck off coastal highway and watched some surfers. Have seen Tampa Bay the same way.

Music - My escape anytime. I agree with GN and Bon - I still love the Eagles, and what fun listening to The Beach Boys. When I was growing up my folks were Country-Western through and through, but I had sisters 5 and 7 years older so all the rock was there too, including Janice Joplin (shudder). That I never understood but I didn't do drugs either, I have a feeling to "get" some of her stuff you would need to be stoned.

-- Posted by SKDellinger on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 8:17 AM

Silver River monkeys are Rhesus monkeys--fairly small and cute. They can be aggressive though, I've heard. Sometimes we see entire colonies on the river banks, just like in the Tarzan movies. Sometimes, they aren't visible. In the spring, it is not unusual to see the mamas feeding the babies, and there is always a sentinel on duty. I have a friend who was cruising the river with a picnic on the back seat of the boat. When they turned around, there were several monkeys sitting there eating sandwiches. They were so sly as not to be heard. I haven't had them in the boat, but we've seen them cross the river swinging on vines--hundreds of them! Of course, we didn't have the camera that day.

How did a Missouri girl end up here? The mystery continues...

-- Posted by GONENOW on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 8:16 AM

I just realized that the music IS relevant to this discussion on escape!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 8:11 AM

The Eagles are a great band. 60's and 70's are top music years for me. I listen to XM on those two stations, most of the time. Motown hits are the ones that get me out of my chair though. The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone... Modern music means country for me--Clint Black, Trace Adkins, Allen Jackson. I can find something in almost any kind of music that spurs emotion.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 6:58 AM

Oh, man, I could pack my bags right now, GN! That sounds won-der-ful!! I would even enjoy the monkeys -- unless they weigh 200 pounds and are as aggressive as the raging chimpanzee on the news!

How did a Missouri girl find her way down to Florida, anyway??

Oh, Scotty (as Dolphin calls you): You have seriously misjudged my age!! Hahaha! Try the Beach Boys! Most folks my age can't STAND your music, but I find some of it quite invigorating! Poison? My kids listened to that, and I liked it.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Feb 19, 2009, at 6:51 AM

GL, the Eagles started out in the early 70s and are probably close to your age, if I'm guessing your age correctly. They are definitely a great rock band, but have to many egos.

-- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 10:37 PM

GL--it's safer here than at Girl Scout Camp! We just have alligators--no feral hogs. Do come--we'll take a day cruise on the Gulf, catch some fightin' fish, watch the sunset and swat a few no-see-m bugs. Maybe, just maybe, we'll see a few dancing dolphin and some rolling manatees. Want to see a monkey, too? We live a few minutes from the only place in North America where monkeys live in the wild. They are descendants of the Tarzan movie monkeys. Once, there was one at my dentist's office. A river cruise usually reveals a few monkeys in the trees, hoping for a hand-out. (illegal, but they sure look hungry!) Come on down! Hey, bring my sister with you. Anyone else want to join us? It's a nice place to be--until hurricanes are headed our way. Ha!

I can't wait to read more escape stories--we all have to escape sometimes. I just don't have to go very far.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 8:31 PM

I must make myself a note: Go visit Gonenow!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 8:12 PM

Ah, Bon Scott - I knew I'd catch you & dolphin on the 80's-overdose comment, though it was aimed at your buddy hoon. Actually, I rather like that music. Aren't the Eagles from the 80's? And Abba? Love 'em!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 8:11 PM

Haha! Actually, cheers, the feral pig memory is from Girl Scout Camp, when we canoed over to an "island" (really just a peninsula) and camped out. The pigs got into our tents while we were out (fortunately) and ate our toothpaste! No teeth-brushing that night!

The dead fish memory is also from GS camp: We had to learn to swim by putting our faces down into the dead fish-infested water!!! Our coaches were MERCILESS!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 8:08 PM

Dear goat lady - We never waded into the water at Lake Wappapello - that would have messed up our teeny bikinis lol! I don't remember the dead fish - which is probably "selective memory". I now have a mental image of feral pigs running amok - thanks, lol!

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 7:05 PM

Oh, and I used to live in Jacksonville, FL the end of 2002 and beginning of 2003, yet I only visited the beach once. Actually, we lived in Orange Park, which was about 30 miles from the nearest beach in J'ville, but my husband worked so much (in the Navy) that we only got the chance to go on the coldest day we had the entire time we lived in Florida! We took a drive down to Orlando, and went to Universal Studios in January, but I was pregnant, and couldn't ride any rides anyway.

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 5:59 PM

You can NEVER overdose on 80's hair music!

My favorite vacation spot has to be Branson! There's so much to do there, that there's no way to do it all in one weekend! They have a few fresh water lakes that I've gotten burnt on a few too many times, and the strip is gorgeous night or day.

My husband and I were supposed to go to Cancun for our honeymoon, but the funds just weren't there, so now we're planning to go after we renew our vows. Hopefully this time the plan goes through, since I've never left these good ole' United States.

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 5:55 PM

Unfortunately, I don't LIVE on the Panhandle. I live inland--central Florida. I would have loved to live along the Emerald Coast. I guess it will just have to be my favorite vacation spot. My grandbabies live here--so I will stay here, too. We're about a 5 hour drive from Destin. Wish I could head out soon.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 5:52 PM

I am offended GL. How dare you say someone could overdose on 80s hard rock....My perfect getaway is a ski slope somewhere in the Rockies. Now that's a slice of heaven.

-- Posted by BonScott on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 5:35 PM

P.S. I've just seen that picture. I believe it is Elvis. (rrrr!)

-- Posted by GONENOW on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 5:04 PM

Dear GONENOW - You really do live in one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. My husband and I (and babies) lived in Panama City Beach for five years and the Gulf Coast is called the Emerald Coast for a reason - the white sugar sands and blue/green water cannot be matched in the USA. Hawaii is just okay with me and coast of Cape Cod is waaaaaaay tooooooo cold for me even in August! So, I will stay with the Gulf Coast of Florida or Hilton Head, SC. Enjoy your piece of paradise!

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 5:04 PM

Beach life is the best life. I've always dreamed that the beach would be my backyard--Gulf Coast, mind you. I am closer than I used to be, but I'm still 80 miles from the Gulf and 80 miles from Daytona. In fact, I'm 80 miles from almost anywhere you'd want to go in Florida--except the Destin/Pensacola area. My favorite beaches are Marco Island, Madeira, and Destin--all in Florida, my from-now-on home. I've visited St. Maarten and Acapulco, but I'd really rather be right here in the USA. I don't have any desire to go to Hawaii--though I'd go, if I won the trip. Ha!

Current River is mighty cold--and a few not so friendly snakes tend to inhabit that locale. I'll just look at it, thank you. It is a beautiful area, no doubt.

Wappapello was the place of many a well-deserved sunburns for me, too. Once again, I don't miss mud squishing between my toes or cotton-mouths. Keep me in the boat. I used to ski there, but I always kept the old myth of landing in a bed of cotton mouths forefront on my mind. I'll go for the crappie in my old age--from the boat, on a line. Actually, I go for any kind of salt-water fish now. You never know what you'll catch where we go--stingrays, sharks, red drum, trout, crabs...eww! Yep, it's true. Gonenow is a fisher-woman. My dad started the hobby for me at Wappapello when I learned to walk. (I'm guessing on that--I don't remember ever NOT being a fishing girl.) My husband just happened to marry someone he couldn't leave at home, if he wanted to go fishing.

Mountain vacations? Well, yes, they provide some powerfully beautiful landscapes. I can look though--then I'm ready to go to the beach. Mountains only go so far... (like way UP!)

So, folks, if you find that I'm really ever GONENOW--you can search for me on the Gulf Coast Beaches!! The Atlantic is okay for a look-see, then take me across to the Gulf. (This is a very narrow state.) I have actually watched the sun rise over the Atlantic, then driven over to watch it set over the Gulf. MMMM--not a better day anywhere.

-- Posted by GONENOW on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 4:25 PM

Ah, cheers4dhs, you bring back memories! With my generation, it was baby oil with iodine! Ha! That was all the rage! The beaches were rough at Wappapello, and sometimes we had to swim with dead fish and fight off the feral pigs! Man, that gives the idea of sunbathing a whole new dimension!

Current River is okay if you can stay in the boat, but it is COLD in the water!! I cannot see how people tube that river! They must be drunk! (Drunk and over-dosed on hard rock music from the 80's!)

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 12:29 PM

Current River!

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 11:48 AM

Being a true grits (girl raised in the south) I am only really at home at the beach - that is where I feel most relaxed and serene. My favorites in the USA are Hilton Head Island, SC and Gulf Coast of Florida (DH and I have lived in both areas)and while living in Europe I loved Isle of Capri, Italy and the South of France Beaches on the Mediterranean Sea. Also, like the Bahamas but only vacationed there twice. Having lived in Dexter during my high school years I could be found with my friends tanning on the sunny shores of Lake Wappapallo at every chance - dreaming of the day when I would escape to the "real" beach - wow, that seems like a lifetime ago - but the mere mention evokes memories of coppertone tanning lotion and listening to the Beach Boys sing about those California beaches!

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 11:01 AM

Let's also imagine that the guy walking along the beach is HOT! Maybe Brad Pitt? Naw, he wouldn't be alone!

My husband used to clean out his fishing tackle box on days like this. I think it was a form of inexpensive entertainment on a cold winter day.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Feb 18, 2009, at 9:54 AM

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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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