Bunny here at the keyboard to share our weekend’s adventure with you.
This weekend, we had a different sort of adventure. Actually, we had so much adventure that it took us two days. It was the first weekend of Spoon River Drive, so Saturday all four or us dogs hopped in the van with Mom and Dad and we went off to see the sights of the drive.
For people who don’t know, Spoon River Drive is a festival that is held in Fulton County, Illinois on the first two weekends in October every year. People from all over the country, and even sometimes from other countries, come to see the historic little towns of Fulton County, the beautiful Autumn colors and some of them buy a lot of crafts and tasty food. Spoon River is most famous for inspiring the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters in Spoon River Anthology. It’s easy to see why the area was inspirational.
We didn’t visit every town along the route, but we got to quite a few of them. Saturday we got a later start than we’d planned, so we didn’t see as many places as Mom or Dad wanted to. Mom and Dad decided to go back out on Sunday, because Mom wanted more pictures and Saturday turned out to be a sort of gloomy day. Morgan was also, ahem, a bit too protective of us and the van, while Blueberry was exhausted from all the riding. So on Sunday, just Kuster and I went along. Dad wanted to dedicate more time to teaching Kuster how to behave in public and Mom knows that I’m a reliable shopping partner.
We certainly weren’t the only dogs enjoying the festivals or time out with our humans. There were all kinds of dogs enjoying the sights and sounds. On Saturday, I was the only one who got out and walked around with Mom and Dad because it was very crowded and rather brisk. It was a good thing they just took me because people kept stopping us to pet me and ask a lot of questions. Apparently I’m the first Greyhound that a lot of people have ever seen in person. Mom and Dad took turns with me so that they could also do a little shopping. We met all kinds of other dogs from Dachshunds to a Dogue de Bordeaux, who had fantastic French cologne on, I might add. We also saw a Labrador who was solid white except for his nose and eyes. We were wondering if that was even possible, but we didn’t get a chance to ask his human.
Anyway, some of the highlights of the places we saw were the lovely town of London Mills, where we had some fantastic apple slices covered with warm caramel and pecans. We also watched them make kettle korn with a big copper pot. There were people picnicking by the Spoon River in clothes humans wore a long time ago and they had a small Civil War camp set up by the river, too. In Bernadotte we saw the old iron suspension bridge that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers when they had Camp Ellis there. They also built the only dam on the Spoon River to divert water for their camp. In Ellisville we saw an old restored opera house and a teepee where some people were practicing their tomahawk throwing. In between all the wonderful towns we saw some beautiful scenery, too. The leaves are turning beautiful colors this year.
It was great to see so many people out with their families, remembering about how humans used to live and having fun together. Everywhere we went, we saw smiling faces and we were smiling along with them. It’s great when you get to do things you love with the people you love. I hope that we get to go again next year. It’s great to get out and feel the crisp air after the oppressive heat of summer.