Dave & Dot's 25th Anniverary Tour

Week 4 - Albany, MO

Sunday, October 21 - We visit our past in a church . . .

Today we visited the Ridgeway Methodist Church with Shelly and the family. Met a lot of Shelly's family while there and really enjoyed the service. The church was built with the help of my great great grandfather Almond so there was some connection there with history. It felt strange but yet peaceful knowing that my family had a part in spreading the Gospel even so long ago and in such a remote location. The population of Ridgeway today is only around 550 so you can imagine how small it was back in the late 1800's. AND it is very rural here. It is one of those "blink and you'll miss it" kind of towns but yet it is very family oriented. Everybody knows everybody else so it is one close knit community.

Here in the midwest they don't have lunch as we know it in the west. . . they have supper! Supper is like a full blown dinner only at lunch time. The meal we know as lunch is usually reserved for the dinner hour. Today we had a roast with red potatoes, carrots, homemade rolls and a killer bread pudding with a special caramel sauce! It's no wonder nothing gets done in the afternoon here. Your too full to care!

Visited Jay's Mom this afternoon. She knew some of the McHenry's from a couple of generations ago. Told us some good stories and we really enjoyed our visit. We are leaving in the morning for St. Louis and I really would like to stay longer. It is a very peaceful place here. The homes are scattered around the hills, sometimes miles apart. There are miles and miles of farmland, most of it planted with soybeans or corn and this is the time of the harvest. It has been raining this afternoon, at times very heavy making the air clean and fresh. It is a very different way of life here and I love it! I really look forward to a return visit in near future . . . and hopefully to Deer Camp in November.