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Welcome to the travels of Doug and Nada. We love the Lord and are traveling full-time in our motorhome with our German Shepherd, Homer. Homer is the star attraction wherever we stop and he gets us talking and sharing with many people. DON'T FORGET: YOU CAN ENLARGE EACH PHOTO BY CLICKING ON THE PHOTO! The newest blog post is at the top and they go back in time as you scroll down. If you want to see each photo larger, you can just click on the photo and it will enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, don't forget to sign it so we know who left it. ;-) Folks: This site is under continual construction as we travel and see this beautiful country. Check back for more updates and photos. Thanks for visiting with us! May God bless your day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

9/5/2011 Grant's Farm & Home

Today we are traveled 3 hours west of St. Louis to Osage Beach on the Lake of the Ozarks. The weather broke yesterday and instead of the temperature flirting with the 100 degree mark, it was in the low 80's. Today it is even lower. Here are some photos of our last day in St. Louis.

Here is a daytime photo of our campsite in St. Louis.

Yesterday we took advantage of the cooler weather yesterday and we went to Grant's Farm and to Grant's home. Grant's Home is a National Park Historical Site and is one of Ulysses S. Grant's many homes.

These photos show Winter Haven which was the home of Ulysses's wife's parents and was where the two met.

He owned 90 acres here which was eventually purchase by August Bush in 1904. The Bush family owns 281 acres which is now named Grant's Farm (http://www.grantsfarm.com) and is a combination zoo and animal park. There is a parking fee but admission is free. At the far end of the parking lot are the stables of the famous Clydesdales - this is what I (Nada) wanted to come see! This is not the main stable for breeding - that is at Warm Springs Farm in Booneville, MO (http://www.warmspringsranch.com). We had our photo taken with one of the retired Clydesdales named Luke.

From the other end of the parking lot, a tram takes you from the parking lot through a fenced deer park where there are all kinds of deer, elk, cattle, bison, wild horses, turkeys, etc. free to roam the many acres. There is a replica of the first home Grant built here. Grant's wife named the home "Hardscrabble" - she didn't really like it and when her mother died the Grants moved into Winter Haven.

The fence that surrounds the deer park (which can be seen in this photo) the Bush's had made from the Civil War rifle barrels.

After the ride through the deer park, the tram stops for everyone to disembark and walk through the zoo section where you are free to walk among the exhibits.

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