I am so excited to finally be sharing this post with you. I’ve been wanting to take the girls on a wall crawl for months now, maybe even closer to a year. But we had one huge problem, too much sun. Most of the murals in Joplin all face the south. That makes photos in front of them on a sunny or overcast day nearly impossible. My blue-eyed babies don’t enjoy standing in the heat with their squinty eyes and wrinkled noses. I knew if we were ever going to do a wall crawl it would have to be on a summer evening.
While Russ was on a business trip to New York, the girls and I finally made my wall crawl dreams come true. I’m not gonna lie, it was a lot of work. So many trips in and out of the car, so many photos to sort through, and two little girls that were feeling done with the process by the end. Once we finished I rewarded them with milkshakes and all the “work” was quickly forgotten.
The moral of the story is this: If you have little ones and want to do a wall crawl, break it up over several days to keep your sanity. Remember to bring treats with you or plan to celebrate after… both would probably be best 😆 !
When I first started planning our photos I thought I would be lucky if we managed to find 10 murals. I was pleasantly surprised to discover we probably could’ve shared closer to 20. I guess I never realized just how many there are. The vast majority of them can be found in the downtown area, all within an approximate 1 mile radius.
This mural seems like a pretty great place to start. This one is located on the north edge of town a couple of miles away from our land. The VERY rickety stair case cracks me up. Ummm, no thank you!
I love this monochrome wall. It may be boring in color, but I love the creativity.
I randomly snapped one of my favorite photos of Russ and the girls here a few weeks ago.
These three walls are painted along one very long wall. They are three separate murals that all flow together. I wanted to do a panorama shot of all of them, but the lighting was awful when I tried.
Bulls-eye! If only this one was red and white we could call it ‘Ode to Target’.
This one is kind of interesting, but not in the best part of town. We quickly snapped our photo and ran back to the car.
Some cute graffiti by a local flower shop!
The Route 66 downtown mural is a hit with the tourists traveling the route! Sometimes I wonder if I’d love Route 66 less if it didn’t run through my town. We are just fascinated with it and the history it has.
This was painted after the tornado by some local artists. It is easily the girls’ favorite.
Another mural that was done after the tornado. It is composed of hundreds of photos of people holding signs that say I am… It is beautiful.
You can label this one “the most random”. I can’t help but wonder why the creator decided to paint this. It probably has some deep theological meaning behind it 😛 .
Last but not least is this one. It was our very last stop and was starting to get a bit dark but I had to include it in our collection.
Why, you ask?!
This mural was where we had family photos done in 2011 shortly after the tornado. Sitting underneath the word dream with the words restore & believe in the background. I simply can’t help but feel immensely blessed looking back on these photos. I remember a family who was grasping at straws, wondering what those three words really looked like. It is such a sweet memory to have.
That officially concludes our tour friends.
If you’re ever in the JoMo area hit me up and I will gladly escort you to each and everyone myself.
Have you ever gone on a wall crawl?
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