Our winter wander has begun. By far, this will be the most time we’ve spent in the Fireball in one trip – just over six months. When I think about it, I wonder if we are in our right minds to contemplate such a trip, with the two of us (plus Jezzy, of course) scrambling for domination of our 50 x 70 inch bed, and the seven or eight feet of floor space inside the Fireball. I’m going to have to be on my best behavior to keep this from unravelling sometime in March. Those of you who know me well, quit your snickering.
Our goal for Day 1 was to get out of town before the first winter snowstorm of the season. Check! Score! We heard that there was an 80-car pileup on the expressway just north of Grand Rapids, so our preparations for a quick getaway paid off. Other than fierce headwinds the entire day (we stopped for gas THREE TIMES, and averaged just over 10mpg), we covered the 540 miles to Danville, MO fairly easily. Lazy Day Campground offered us refuge for the night, under the protection of the dog totem right near our site.Guess the worst thing that happened to us all day is that somehow John’s Facebook account got hacked, and the hacker struck up texting conversations with some of John’s (now former) friends, expressing views on how the Lord is helping him with retirement! Wasn’t too hard for most folks to figure out that it wasn’t really John on the distant end of the conversation! Apologies to any of you who were sucked in by this jerk.
The plan for Day 2 was pretty simple. Drive the 150 miles to Independence, MO where we would visit the Harry Truman Presidential Museum. This is the fourth of these museums we’ve visited, and we’ve enjoyed them all enormously. Truman finishes off the Democrats, so now we have to slog our way through the Republican sites. (We can do it – I know we can….)
If you haven’t visited a Presidential museum, give it a try. They are a fascinating history lesson, and are all crafted to put a very human face on some very extraordinary people. Truman was painted as kind of a meh choice for Vice President – nobody seemed to be crazy about him, but there wasn’t too much opposition, either.
Presidential museums are great for exploring the big controversies of the era – for Truman, the two big ones were the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the firing of General MacArthur. I love seeing the hand-written letters from ordinary folks who wrote to express strong feelings pro and con on these issues. There’s also a copy of the letter from Senator McCarthy, telling Truman that he has the names of 50 people in the State Department who are Communists. Harry’s reply, shown below, was probably my favorite piece in the whole museum.Two key phrases coined by Truman were, “The buck stops here”, and the “Do-Nothing Congress”. There are film clips which show every President since using these two phrases, which I found particularly amusing.
Here’s a sampling of some of my other favorite pieces from the Museum.The home where Harry and Bess lived for years is about a mile from the Museum. Although we weren’t interested in the full house tour, we were curious enough to wander over there on foot – Jezzy was happy for the chance to stretch her legs, as well. As we approached the Harry Truman Historical District, the very first house we passed had a Trump for President sign in the front yard! Probably a good thing old Harry wasn’t around to see that!
Campground in winter are sometimes hard to find. So, I was happy that John had found an RV Park less than a mile from the Museum, and made a reservation. Campus RV – naturally, we thought it meant college campus. Nope! It means campus of the Community of Christ Temple. The C of C is the Missouri arm of the LDS. So, here were are camped under the guiding light of the Mormon Church. We couldn’t be any closer to our neighbors! Our door barely opens. This is a VERY odd campground – here’s the camper across the street from us. Anyway, it’s been an interesting start to our trip. We plan to depart early tomorrow to avoid freezing rain. Destination is the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, KS. Looking forward to figuring out if I like Ike, or not. He’s the first President I remember as a kid, but I really don’t know anything about him. I do remember Mamie’s hairdo, though!