My photography has come a long way!
SO, with that being said, I think it is best I share as the pictures will undoubtedly come in!
My idea for using Moffat came into perspective 9 years ago. I can date it by the dates in my photographs on my computer. At the time, we enjoyed traveling as a family (something I will forever be grateful for), however, our kids were growing up and becoming less tolerable of mom taking their photos around every corner. At the same time, I also discovered the power of the museum bookstore, still one of the first places I make a bee line to on my travels. Additionally, I had come across a copy of the book with Felix the Rabbit and his world-wide adventures.
BAM!! Here comes Moffat! I labored over his name for quite a long time. I wanted the name to have historical significance, yet be kid friendly at the same time. As a native of Colorado, I looked to local historical names that might fit the bill for both. I played around with Elliot (Charles Elliott Perkins gave Garden of the Gods to Colorado Springs) and Jackson (General William Jackson Palmer was the founder of Colorado Springs). Neither worked. I then discovered David Moffat, a railroad man in Colorado (originally from Washingtonville, NY). The name worked for me and Moffat the Rabbit was born.
To date, I have over 10,000 pictures across the country with Moffat. Many of them I have taken myself, but many have been taken by dear friends and family. I use these photographs in my classroom almost daily to teach geography and history to my kindergarten and first grade students and I can't imagine teaching without my long-eared friend!