A weekend away from it all

For many years we have relied on camera timers to take self-portraits. It took a while to get this one right.

For many years we have relied on camera timers to take self-portraits. It took a while to get this one right.

It’s been 10 years of wedded bliss for Yoli and me!

And it’s been eight years since the last time we were away from our kids overnight.

But thanks to the generosity of our friend Irieri, we were able to get away from it all for a weekend!

We headed south to Ironton, Mo., where I had booked us a night at The Parlor Bed and Breakfast.

One of Ironton’s attractions is the nearby Elephant Rocks State Park. I had cooked up the idea of going there and trying to take some sunset photos. It was a good plan, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Instead, it was overcast all day and there was no sunset to speak of. Still, we had fun climbing around and taking photos anyway. You can see some below.

The Parlor was a grand, quiet place and we enjoyed our time there. The room was nice, the hot tub was great and the breakfast was huge. Our hosts also offered us fresh-made carrot cake and plenty of other goodies. We would go back in a heartbeat.

Saturday morning we walked around Ironton and visited a number of antique shops. Some of them were quite good. We also spent some time exploring St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

As we made our way back home, we stopped at the Fort Davidson Civil War historic site to learn about the Battle of Fort Davidson. The earthen fort still exists and you can go inside it. More than 1,000 Confederate soldiers were killed.

Later on we stopped in Kimmswick and spent some time exploring the shops there. Loads of Christmas goodies were on display, and the town was packed.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. Here’s to ten more years.

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.
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One Response to A weekend away from it all

  1. MIRIAM MONTALVAN GUZMAN says:

    Queridos sobrinos, me alegra muchisimo, del escape que se han dado, comparto todo lo que han vivido, porque yo tambien vivi algo parecido con Adonay, solo que no hubo segunda, pero esta biensisimo que lo haigans planeado y disfrutado, los quiero mucho, y esas son bendiciones del SeƱor que tienen que agradecer, y felicidades Dios los siga bediciendo un abrazo de oso y muchos besitos

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