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We started our journey around my hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri at the historic Missouri Theater. It was originally built in 1927 as a first run movie palace. It's now a home for the performing arts, but sadly no shows were being held that day, so Lemi had to continue his journey without entertainment of that sort.
A thing you'll learn quickly about the town is that it may be 2010, but a lot of places are closed (or close early) on Sunday. Sadly Barbosa's was one of those places, but at least I got to show Lemi the cool building the restaurant is held in. Good thing he didn't have his heart set on Mexican food that day, but I promised I would take him back another day.
The next stop on our journey was the home of the famous outlaw Jesse James. Yes, that Jesse James - the one whom Brad Pitt played in a movie just a couple of years ago. Anyways, this is the last house he lived in, as it's the one that still has the bullet hole in the wall from when he was shot and killed here. The house gave us both the heebee jeebies so we decided it was time to continue on.
The next stop was the Patee House, which is a building that has given me the creeps since I toured it as a child. Luckily for me Lemi didn't want to go inside too badly. At one point in the mid 1800's it was known as the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River, but now it just creeps me out as if it's haunted.
Now here's a place that you might have heard of if you had to learn about the postal system in history class. In 1860 the Pony Express was a fast mail delivery service that crossed North America from Saint Joseph, MO to San Francisco, CA. It became the most direct east-west communication before the telegraph.
The business office for the Pony Express was actually inside the Patee House that Lemi visited before, and now this museum showcases a wealth of information about how the mail was delivered by horseback.
Lemi learned all kinds of information about the town on his trip, including things about the Patee Town area that I had completely forgotten about. Good thing I brushed up on my knowledge right along with him!
No matter how much knowledge Lemi gained on his trip, one of the most important things he learned was to stop and smell the roses. Well, there weren't any roses in Patee Park, but these flowers were pretty in their own right.
We had already gone to quite a few places, so I decided to let Lemi rest in the gazebo at Patee Park. I did make him get up early to go on this adventure after all.
Before we left he stopped in front of the Pony Express Stables, but he was afraid that there might actually be horses in there. I told him it was just a museum, but he was afraid he was going to be eaten so I just let him go on about his business.
He decided this was a safe enough horse, since it was just a statue. The Pony Express rider statue is one of the most photographed pieces in our town, so Lemi also decided to partake in the tourist trend of taking a photo in front of it.
Now here's where Lemi got a bit of a jump in his step, and was super excited! I mean who wouldn't be, It's "HOT SEAT SUNDAY!" He was ready to go gamble his moon monies, so with a hop, skip, and a jump he was on his way to the casino.
Sadly, this is as close to the casino as he got. They didn't believe him that in space years he is beyond old enough to get in, so they wouldn't even let him anywhere near the door. Poor Lemi.. I promise to take you when you're older!
Since we were down by the Missouri River he decided he'd try to get a tan on the rocks by the river. Unfortunately Lemi was let down again because it was a super dreary and cloudy day, so there was no tanning to be had.
He got worried when we went to hit the Riverwalk, because one of the rules is that all pets must be on a leash. He wanted to make sure that he wasn't mistaken for my pet, so I just carried him instead so no one would get upset with him.
He got down to look at the streams from the bridge and took in the sights. He enjoyed seeing the other people that were also on the Riverwalk, especially the cute old couple who looked to be out for their weekend stroll.
Of course I wasn't going to let him get away with not learning something, so he stopped to read about town's founder, Joseph Robidoux. He was pretty impressed and got inspired to want to found a town of his own!
He got a bit nervous when he saw the rushing waters of the Missouri River. The river is much nicer to look at than it is to actually go in since it's usually extremely dirty. Luckily Lemi didn't want to go for a swim or I would have had to tell him it was a no go.
Lemi got a case of the giggles, and so did I after he informed me that he wanted to live in this area because he is a fan of 'French bottoms'. I didn't know he had already been to France, but apparently he's quite the world traveler!
After seeing a sign that said 'Water Caution Main' we both got a little confused and decided it was time to start heading home. I told him not to get ornery and try and hit the water main or else we'd both get in big trouble.
On our way home we decided to stroll down Lovers Lane. I told him I only fall in love with my own species, but I wanted him to read the poem that Eugene Field wrote about the area. It's a long one, but if you'd like to read the poem you can do so here.
After our excursion Lemi learned a lot and was ready for a nap, and I was too, to be honest. If you haven't already gone over to Tenacious Toys and picked up a Lemi for yourself, well one - what's wrong you? But two, you can still do so now! I've heard there aren't many left, so hurry up and order one before they all go out on adventures without you! Photo Gallery: (31 images)
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