Friday, September 9, 2011

Biking the Katy Trail and Contest winner


 

We have a winner for the bundle of Blueberry Crumb Cake fabric!

#248 Sherry....sheravery said...
Such pretty material. I am starting my Christmas sewing and could come up with many uses. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your give-away.    Sherry

Congratulations Sherry!  E-mail me at alma@blackbird-designs.com with your mailing address. I will send the fabric right out to you! 


Don't forget Moda's Country Fair. Visit Camille today.


September 9th Camille Roskelley
September 10th Laundry Basket Quilts
September 11th Basic Grey
September 12th Minick and Simpson
September 13th American Jane (on the Moda blog)
September 14th Oliver + S
September 15th Fig Tree and Co.
September 16th Kansas Troubles
September 17th Blackbird Designs
September 18th Aneela Hoey
September 19th Barbara Brackman
September 20th Bonnie Olaveson
September 21st Cabbages and Roses
September 22nd Deb Strain
September 23rd Brannock and Patek
September 24th Lauren and Jessi Jung
September 25th Lily Ashbury
September 26th Cosmo Cricket
September 27th Kate Spain
September 28th Sweetwater
September 29th French General
September 30th Primitive Gatherings
October 1st Kathy Schmitz 
October 2nd Liz Scott


Jeff on the trail at Rocheport, MO
 My son, Jeff is visiting from NYC. I'm always trying to figure out a fun way to share time with the kids..... something that we will remember and enjoy together. Jeff and I had talked about taking an overnight trip and riding our bikes along the Katy Trail. Jeff thought it would be fun so we planned to ride about 35 miles each day. The portion of the trail between Columbia, Missouri and Booneville is lovely and was the right distance. It follows the Missouri river and the stops along the way are interesting. Even Lewis and Clark camped along the Katy Trail in 1804!

Rocheport, a small historic town at the halfway point of the ride, is a great place to stop and visit some shops and have dinner. Luckily we were there around 5:00pm when Abigail's opens for dinner. If you are in Rocheport when Abigail's is open make sure to have a meal there. The food is amazing! We were too full to eat desert so carried it with us in our backpack for later at our hotel.

Lobby of the Hotel Fredrick

We had dropped our luggage in Booneville, Missouri, earlier in the day at the Hotel Fredrick. I didn't want to carry the extra weight on my bike. (Believe me, my hips are enough weight to pedal around!) This place is very convenient as it's right on the trail. You can tell from the picture it's older....but it really added to the charm.  So when we came over the Missouri River into Booneville that night, everything was waiting for us at the hotel. We showered and then went to the bar for some much deserved wine....and of course our desert left over from Abigail's.



The perfect finish to a long day....then to bed early.

 

The next morning we were up early and ready for another day of biking. The weather couldn't have been better. It was in the 70's. We had to wear jackets in the early morning but the sun was warm and the breeze cool....we hardly broke a sweat.


Jeff's favorite find was this "man cave."  


Of  course this meant he had to stop and climb up and explore. This happened to be a very small "man cave."
 


I'm left with sweet memories of our hours together. 


Until later,
Alma





15 comments:

  1. Congratulations to sherry!
    That looks like a great trip, love the idea of being able to stop in a place like that and stay in a hotel;)

    Debbie

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  2. That collection is gorgeous!!!.I 'm waiting for recieving , but i thing i have to wait untill November!!!.
    Congratulations to Sherry!!

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  3. What a wonderful time it looks like the two of you had. Such wonderful memories. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Dear Alma,
    Congratulations to Sherry! I know she will enjoy the beautiful fabric! Your son is a very handsome and happy young man! Your trip sounded like such fun! The hotel is beautiful and the restaurant sounds wonderful! I love the beautiful cave! So glad you came home with so many sweet memories! Thank you for sharing all the beautiful photos and your trip.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Blessings, Paula

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  5. Congrats to the winner! Looks like you had a great time full of special memories with your son. That's so great!

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  6. Congratulations to Cherry! I wish you many inspiratieons for those lovely febrics and let us see what you use them for! greetigns from Bruges Carine-patchworkstar

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  7. CONGRATS TO YOU SHERRY!
    I'M SO ENVIOUS-WHAT A SWEET NEW COLLECTION! HAPPY QUILTING~

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  8. What wonderful memories your have made with your Son - they will last you a lifetime.
    Mary

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  9. How wonderful for Sherri and for you aand your son.

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  10. I love that our "little boy men" still love to climb up and explore caves. Sounds like a fun and memorable biking trip with your son. I want to do that now too!

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  11. Congrats to Sherry & so wonderful to make those memories with your son!! ~Kriss~

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  12. Congrats to Sherry - since that is my name too, spelled the same and I knew I was in the 200's for comment, I had a breif moment of excitement...then I realized that comment wasn't mine. Glad a Sherry won!!

    I can't believe you biked 35 miles a day - good for you. What gorgeous pictures and wonderful memries to make with your son.

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  13. Looks like you had a great day full of momories!
    Denise

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  14. What a wonderful time you had! Thank you for sharing the experience with us.
    Take care, Alma.

    P.S. I'm still chuckling over the 'man cave.'

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