As a grandmother of two, baby strollers have been a part of my life not only in the recent, but in the far past. Through the ages, strollers have changed quite a bit. So, as a consumer once and over again, I am here to tell you one thing.
Strollers are no longer just a helpful way to get Baby from one place to another on a sunny day.
Baby Strollers are big business.
It is true that the baby stroller I bought for my grandson is a joy to roll. It has a convertible top, cup holders, and a nice place for his cup and cookie. I can also throw my purse and other assorted sundries in the bottom compartment. Who could ask for anything more?
A little history.
In 1976, I became a mother for the first time to a bouncing baby boy. As most little boys do, this little guy loved going for walks. I think my stroller cost around 10 bucks. It didn’t have a name. If it did, I think I probably called it “the stroller”.
Ebay lists The Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller. “Darling, let’s get the Bugaboo and take a walk!” As I read a consumer review, I had to stifle a guffaw when reading the historic sigh of the writer. She stated that things had really changed in the past seven years since she had had her last baby. Then, she had a Baby Jogger. The heavens had opened up, though, and constructed this new miracle of mankind, The Bugaboo!
As I read through the review I was amazed at the dreamlike words that were used. “My eyes were opened.” ” I can remember luxuries like this!” Although these were not quoted verbatim, I am sure you get the idea.
Now, I am not condemning this person or the product for that matter. Heck, if you have the time and energy to get thrilled about baby strollers, I think that is wonderful. And I also believe that Ebay provides a great service for consumers with their reviews and guides.
It was an enjoyable read, and I was smiling as I reached the end. My smiling stopped though when I read the price. This baby stroller was over $900.00!!!!
Most people could pay rent for a month, have a meal at Burger King, and do a few loads of laundry for that.
Again, though, if you have the dough, go for it. The only real problem with spending that much money for a stroller is that a stroller is not evergreen. Meaning, Baby is sure to grow in a few years. We certainly cannot take this little person for a ride in the Mountain Buggy Urban when he is over a few years old.
I suppose we could pass down the Kiddopotamus to a friend or relative. Eventually, I bet that stroller will end up where I bought my grandsons. At a consignment store. For thirty dollars. See, I bought up, too. And I don’t call it “the stroller” anymore either. I call it, “the deal.”
Jacob’s Cave: Missouri’s Only Wheelchair-accessible Cave
In mid-Missouri, near a small town called Versailles (pronounced ver-SAILS, unlike the French palace), there’s a show cave called Jacob’s Cave. It is home to the world’s largest geode, reflective pools, prehistoric bones and ancient writings.
It’s also the only cave in Missouri that is fully wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. So, for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience a cave, Jacob’s Cave could be a good place to visit.
The cave is large, with many different chambers and passageways that are lit up with lights. It’s a good cave for children to visit, because the tour guide points out rock formations that have grown to look uncannily like animals, such as an elephant. There’s also a “petting zoo” of rocks shaped like animals.
Actual animals live there, too: Small lizards can be seen on the walls of some parts of the cave if you’re lucky.
There are all sorts of interesting rock formations. “Bottle straw” rock formations descend delicately from the ceiling, while the walls are streaked with “cave bacon,” or stripes of colored rock.
There’s even what the cave owners claim to be the world’s largest geode, which appears to be a giant oval rock jutting from the wall of one of the passageways.
The area for the walking tour is all spacious enough that you can walk right through, but there are plenty of side passageways that are low and narrow. If your guide lets you, you might be able to crawl through some of the narrower areas of the cave.
The cave also contains a display of various animal bones and other artifacts supposedly found in the cave, as well as a display of other types of rocks and gems from other parts of the country.
Of course, there’s a gift shop, too, where you can buy different rocks, gem jewelry and other Missouri related things.
Jacob’s Cave is the first commercialized cave in the Lake of the Ozarks area and was opened for tourists in 1932. The owner of Jacob’s Cave bought it 45 years ago and has kept it open as a show cave ever since.
Missouri is often referred to as the Cave State, because of its large number of caves. Many of the natural ones are closed because of white-nose disease, a fungus affecting bats. But show caves like Jacob’s Cave remain open and are a good way for members of the public to learn about caves and geological formations.