Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


My Last Day of Freedom {Family}

Today was the kids’ last day of school. Insert tears here. Today was also my last day of freedom. Insert wailing and moaning here. The kids will be with me every. Single. Day. For the next 3 months…

Knowing I was dreading my impending loss of freedom, the hubs took today off and declared it “Day of Daenel”. We started the day with breakfast at our favorite diner, Hickory House Restaurant. That was our only plan, we decided to play the rest of our day by ear.

So we hopped in the car and drove down to the Mississippi River. If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love driving down to the river. It’s so beautiful. You can see some of my pictures from the area by clicking here. But today, we decided to follow the river to the opposite side of where I usually take pictures…

Mississippi River

Is that not the most beautiful view ever?

Mississippi River

See the bridge behind the hubs? That’s where I usually stand and take my pictures, it was so nice to see things from a different vantage point.

After we finished at the Mississippi River, we weren’t quite ready to go home so we walked around the mall for a bit. Then we went to one of my favorite places, the Bollinger Mill so the hubs could see the  Burfordville Covered Bridge.

Bollinger Mill

I absolutely love it out there, but I’ve never been there when the Mill has been opened for tours. Today was our lucky day!

Burfordville Covered Bridge
You can see my pictures of the bridge and from the tour by clicking here.

Are your kids out of school? How will you spend your summer vacation?


Getting to Know Missouri {This or That Thursday}

How’s everyone doing? I’m OK, haven’t had much of an opportunity to get out and shoot anything so I’m sharing a few more pictures from last week’s trip to the Bollinger Mill Historic site…

One of the main attractions at the Bollinger Mill Historic Site is the Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Missouri. I absolutely love this bridge and could spend hours photographing it.

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}

Isn’t it gorgeous? The bridge spans the Whitewater River and is built mainly of Yellow Poplar.

Burfordville Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Construction began on the bridge in 1858 by Joseph Lansmon. The photo above is part of the ceiling, showing how the iron rods are used to support the structure (a method called Howe~truss construction).

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}
All along the inside walls of the bridge, people have carved their names with dates. This wasn’t the oldest but it was one of the easiest ones to read. The historian in me always wants to find out the stories behind the carvings. Did the couples stay together? What became of F.P.?

Burfordville Covered Bridge {This or That Thursday}
The floor of the bridge is as beautiful as the exterior. Can you imagine riding across this on a wagon?

If you could visit any time in history, which would you choose? Why?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.


Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}

I drove out to the Bollinger Mill Historic Site last week and had a fun time roaming around and taking pictures of everything. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, it was just one of those days that begged to captured and remembered.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
I love old abandoned homes, there’s something mysterious about them. I want to know who lived in the house, why they left it…

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Despite the “Open” sign hanging on the front door, the Old Mill Store looked as if it had been abandoned many years ago.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
This is the side of the mill, isn’t it beautiful? It was built in the 1800s and ran until the Civil War when it was burned down by the Union Army to prevent supplies of flour and meal from reaching the Confederate Army.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
Everyone knows how much I love a red door! Some day I hope to actually walk through that door and get a tour of the inside of the mill.

Bollinger Mill Historic Site {This or That Thursday}
The Whitewater River runs through the site. I enjoyed sitting on the bench and just listening to the water… Ah sweet serenity.

Do you ever just get out and go exploring in your neighborhood? What hidden gems have you found?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

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