We started with a stop at Henson's Gas Station in Champion, MO for some gas. (If you haven't been to Champion, you must check out their news. Its a favorite web site of mine.) Grace had not been to Henson's and asked if they took debit card. They were polite and did not laugh, but I did! Then Grace was bewildered by the 40+ year old gas pumps so Betty Henson came and personally taught Grace how to pump gas. (I couldn't believe Betty remembered my first name after all these years! Its been over 30 years!)
Then we took the dirt roads to Assumption Abbey. Grace had never been there and Fr. Paul took time to give her a tour and tell her about their daily lives. She was impressed with their self-sufficiency, devotion to worship and hospitality. The monks start their days at 3:15am and have worship 7 times a day. They are very self-sufficient and even sew their own clothes. The monks make and sell fruitcakes 6 days a week and they ship these fruitcakes around the world. This is their 25th year of making fruitcakes, but when I was a child, they made blocks. The Abbey offers a quiet retreat for contemplation and prayer.
We also stopped at the creek on Abbey property and enjoyed the beauty and quiet. However, when I saw their posted signs, I think they need to sell these signs too.
Rockbridge Trout Ranch for the afternoon. This is one of my favorite places, but I've never brought any of our kids here with me so now my getaway is no longer a secret. The Grist Mill is a great place to soak up the great views and enjoy some beverages (and per Grace's request....free internet). The temperature was only 70 degrees with a light breeze so it was a perfect day for this outing. It was a great day to runaway! I'm glad Grace thought of it.