Three weeks ago M's friend from Scotland came to visit. As King Ralph puts it--"M has stray dogs all around the world." His statement is accurate. M acquired her many friends from the United Kingdom and Austrilla from her summer spent working in New York.
We asked Ailsa what she wanted to do while she was visiting...what did she google ahead of time. The only thing she requested was to go up in the Arch. And, so, we obliged.
We packed our Cardinal hat wearing heads into the space capsule elevator to ride 623 ft to the top. Head bumping on the way out every time is more a given, than an option.
When we got to the top we could see the sold out Cardinal game. The last game of the regular season.
We could see all the construction in the works that will revamp the national landmark...to be completed Spring 2017.
We then took Ailsa to Ballpark Village for beer, nachos and to watch the last three innings of the ballgame on the big screen. Then we walked around the city enjoying the beautiful day.
The following weekend we traveled to Rolla,Mo for the wedding of my friend Lucy's daughter. While our girls were all great friends through high school, college separated them. That did not separate Lucy and I. We remain each orher's favorite coffee shop dates.
This past Friday we headed to King Ralph's cousin's house for chili and a bonfire. His cousin crafted an incredible fire pit from an old propane tank. He fashioned it into a giant caldron. We all sat outside around the fire, sipped red wine and fall beer watching the Cardinals play the Cubs on TV.
This weekend we had another wedding. It was no where as nice as the previous weekends wedding. I took notes and sent this message to the girls--"what you won't do and where you aren't allowed to have your weddings!" Upon sneaking out of the wedding like ninjas in the night King Ralph and I were sure not to trip over the crack pipe we happened upon on the way in. Bonus; our tires weren't slashed.
Finally today King Ralph and I had some "us" time. We decided to head out to a county park for a hike. It was a beautiful October day that begged everyone to get outside.
We hiked the White Bison Trail at Lone Elk County Park. The 3.2 mile hike loops around the Lone Elk Resivour...beware of elk dung.
It's mating season for the elk and we found the alpha male bull hogging all the cow.
We diverted off the path so not to stir Mr. Bull's lady greed party. Other hikers were doing to same.
Then it was quick ride through the bison section were we spotted three bison sunning in the field.
While tomorrow we are back to the usual grind of work, King Ralph and I are only planning to make it a four-day week. That's right we have an adventure planned, new territory to explore for the coming weekend.