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Silver Springs

I love this song.  It’s been around for quite some time.  I suppose this song is about some other chick.  But I’ve always thought of the “she” in the song as alcohol, the drinking kind. 

So when I hear it today and when I heard it way back then, I still think of alcohol, the drinking kind.  I wish everyone and anyone dealing with this problem, peace and wellness, now and always.  You deserve it.

I still think this is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, even if it’s a sad one.


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Haunting in Eureka

I took off.  For three days.  I found subs and split with some friends to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

Eureka’s a lovely little, old town. 

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I hadn’t been to Eureka in a long time.  Not much has changed.  The food is still good, the shops are still quaint and the ghosts are still there.  I’m totally not into victorian decor, but I do love to look at the homes anyways.  Some of the homes have been updated from pastels to hues of greens.  I failed to get a shot of my favorite home, so their little outbuilding will have to do.  This place was arts and crafts style and it was absolutely amazing.  This is just their “little studio” in the side yard.

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Yellow victorian beauty.

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I traveled with Darlene, Carrie and their friend Eve. 

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I met Darlene and her daughter Carrie (pictured left) when they came to my family yoga class five or so years ago.  Carrie and my daughter Lauren are the exact same age and became fast friends.  Carrie is really into ghosts (so is Lauren) and the last time they were in Eureka, they experienced some weird stuff.  They also got some odd photos.  I also get into this sort of thing on occasion.  After all my birthday does fall on Halloween.

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We didn’t stay at a haunted hotel.  We stayed at a really, really nice Best Western with a huge pool, waterfall and outdoor movies.  We traveled with a complete bar which we enjoyed while floating in that big pool. 

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We shopped.  We stopped at all the springs.  We hiked great distances throughout the town.  We even splurged on an expensive meal at the Grand Central.  Highly recommended by the way.  They all had the pan seared scallops and risotto.  I ordered the salmon in pistachio butter.  I know.  Sounds like an odd combo, but it totally was not.

 Eve, Kirsten & Darlene on the balcony of the Basin Park Hotel.

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Carrie and Darlene took the ghost tour of the Basin while Eve and I enjoyed wine on the balcony.  We watched the moon start to rise.  Darlene and Carrie didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary on their tour. 

I shot this photo of the Basin the first day we were there.  Is that an apparition in the window?  Is it a woman with a headband, a hat or a veil?  Is it John Wayne?  Who knows.  It’s on the left of that a/c unit on the lower level of windows.  I have two photos of this.  This one is more of a profile, the other one is more head on.  Odd eh?  The moon was full what can I say?basin ghost

 On the way out we stopped at the big 75 foot Jesus statue, because you know, after all of this ghost chasing, it seemed like the thing to do.  Plus, Carrie had never seen it.

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We also stopped at the Magnetic Spring and dipped our feet into the cold water.

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I think we all arrived home without any ghosts in our suitcases.

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Eureka’s a great little town.  I was a bit disappointed that the shops closed so early.  Some were closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and some were closed on Wednesdays.  Also, most of the shops open at 10:00 a.m. only to shut down for lunch at 11 or 11:30 a.m.  Hello.  I cannot give you my money if you’re not open.  We also found one of our favorite eating places closed on Wednesdays as well.  Give yourself more than one day, or you’re sure to miss quite a bit.  Lots of buildings were vacant.  I’m sure the economy could be the cause of that.  But if you’re thinking of investing in property, whether it be a home or a business, this might be a good time to do so. 


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Ritter Springs is Yoga

The WOLF School (conservation based 5th grade) that my daughter attends held their camping trip this weekend at Ritter Springs Park.  We had great weather with the exception of lots of wind Friday night!  We rented a tent which was missing some poles and heck, I don’t even think the rain cover went with it, but you make do with what you have and it’s all good.  Check out our weekend pad.  Stellar.  Actually, it was great!  More room than we really needed that’s for sure.  

100_37521Fast forward to that same evening.  We were scheduled for a Night Hike.  I had no idea where we’d be hiking, or what we’d be looking for and neither did anyone else.  We hiked to the mouth of a cave and checked out the bat flight.   We all stood around the mouth of this cave (like a huge sinkhole actually) and watched around 3,000 bats (not kidding) come and go.  They flew over our heads and side swiped our cheeks.  It was cool. 

Sleeping that night was cool as well.  The breeze was a little bit too much at times and it really kept whipping at our tent.  In turn that kept me awake, being the light sleeper that I am.  I didn’t think a bottle of wine was appropriate for this trip so I dealt with the wind.  I sat outside for awhile and checked out the stars and felt the wind on my face, I went to the bathroom (which was a hike) and watched my kid sleep like a baby.   

 

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I was up at 6 a.m. and took a jaunt down to the creek and meditated for half an hour.  I had originally planned to be in STL this same weekend with one of my favorite yoga teachers, but this trip was yoga in itself.  The grass around this creek was so lush and green.  I truly felt like Frodo might pop out from behind one of those trees any second.  I took advantage of the early morning sun to capture some of the beauty. 

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There were several activities we could sign up for and I let Lauren pick them all.  So on Saturday morning I found myself signed up for Trail Running.  Uh oh.  I’m no runner.  It was obvious that our guides were serious runners but they weren’t intimidating one bit.  In fact, a few of us found ourselves connected by some other time or place and I always enjoy reconnecting with people under different circumstances.  We learned about trail running do’s and don’ts.  We then headed to the lake and creek for a short little run.  Here’s a photo of our trail running team.  Go WOLF School!

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After lunch (all the food was provided) we met up with our cave guides and headed to Junction Cave.  This cave is up high, steep high above the river.   We stopped at an outbuilding and grabbed flashlights, hard hats and gloves and onward we went.  Actually, 3 people from Nebraska just happened to be walking by and the guides asked them to join us.  They’re probably thinking that the parks here in Springfield, Missouri totally rock right about now!  We had great guides and we were amongst another fun group of people.  When we arrived at the cave, we did a little cleaning.  This cave is open to the public and people like to leave lots of marks in the way of graffiti, candles and broken glass.  You remove graffiti with water (preferably cave water) and a wire brush.  How simple is that? 

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After a bit of cleaning, it was our turn to enter.  We were able to go in about 150 feet or so.  At one time, we all turned off our flashlights.  I have never, ever experienced darkness like that in my life.  You literally could not see your hand in front of your face.  It was awesome!  I shot a great photo of a cave salamander and a bat.  Below is my daughter Lauren, her friend Sierra and Sierra’s aunt, Jeri100_37592

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We slid on out of the cave and down the hill back to camp!  We played some  games, challenges and puzzles with groups that were fun, but I will say by the time we got to that event, I was spent! 

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I’m hoping for a smooth transition from this very cool 5th grade, to 6th grade when we re-enter civilian school.   And, if you have a 4th grader that likes being outdoors, applying for WOLF school is a great idea as well.

Go camping, it’s so worth it.