Side Trip To Arkansas.
Take a day trip to Eureaka springs--40 miles south on hwy. 62 to this quaint victorian town--see more shows-tour the village and veiw these restored homes,See the passion play at night and stay in a victorian bed and breakfast.Related to:
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The Great Passion Play
This outdoor play is near Eureaka Springs Arkansas.It is a must-see after you have toured the town--starts at dusk--a touching and realistic play about the life of Jesus and his death.It involves real animals and children.The grand finally is amazing.It is about a 40 miute drive south on Hwy 62 3miles east -follow signs
Macon Drive In Movie TheaterI...
Macon Drive In Movie Theater
I don't know if this place will be around for too much longer, b/c I heard a rumor that the owners (who have owned it for 52 years!) are getting ready to tear it down! But it is GREAT! Even if this one is not around, if you find one of the few other remaining drive-ins in the Midwest, you should definitely stop! They have a certain charm about them that you can't duplicate anywhere else! And they are cheap and big and just amazing. The Macon Drive-In even uses the same projector it has used since the 60s! It's a piece of history!
Brunswick, MO, is the home of...
Brunswick, MO, is the home of the World's Largest Pecan. It is also the home of a souvenir shop called 'the Nut Hut', which offers some great pecan souvenirs:) A highly recommended stop for your road trip--who else can say they have a picture of the world's largest nut?
NOTE: This photo was taken by Harry Rogers of Chillicothe--I have not been able to scan my pics yet:)
Thousand Hills State Park in...
Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville has some absolutely wonderful little trails that you can walk on for hours! It's right off of Highway 6 out of Kirksville, across from Walmart. You can also rent paddleboats or canoes for $6+ per hour! It's a really fun way to spend an afternoon!
Nine friends and I went...
Nine friends and I went camping and canoeing in Sullivan, MO, which is just south of St. Louis for a long weekend. There are cheap campgrounds all near the river, and so we roughed it for a couple of days:) It is a great place and the Merimac River is fantastic to canoe on....we had a small incident with a canoe tipping over, but that was merely operator error (NOT my error!):)
With a capacity of 40,625........
With a capacity of 40,625..... Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City Missouri tenants Kansas City Royals, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The stadium opened on April 10, 1973 and hosted the All-Star Game the same year. Nolan Ryan pitched the first no-hitter of his career there on May 15, 1973. Since then, two other no-hitters have been thrown in Kauffman Stadium, both by Royals pitchers. Jim Colborn against the Texas Rangers on May 14, 1977, and Bret Saberhagen beat the Chicago White Sox on August 26, 1991. Dan Quisenberry, Dennis Leonard, Freddie Patek, Cookie Rojas and Amos Otis have all left their mark on Kauffman Stadium, but it will forever be linked to George Brett, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.
An interesting way to see...
An interesting way to see Missouri is by Amtrak. It travels from St. Louis to Kansas city in about 7 hours. They announced that the Kansas City railway station was the 2nd busiest one in the states, 2nd to Chicago. Therefore, the Amtrak had to stop from time to time to let cargo train go by. It even stops about half way across the state to wait for the Amtrak going the other direction and then the crew changes trains.
Southern Mo. is really a great...
Southern Mo. is really a great area to enjoy the water. Lots of clear river and lakes make boating and canoeing quite fun. This particular pond is fed by an underground stream. I forget the name of the place, but it is a natural 'blue hole'.
Missouri has many caves in it....
Missouri has many caves in it. Some are quite large. The one in this picture is Meramac Caverns in southern Mo. Tours can be taken through it. Not all of the Mo. caves are natural. A lot of mining was done in Mo. leaving huge caverns underground. One such mine is by Bonne terre. There's even a lake in there now where a lot of divers like to frequent.
Meramec Caverns. Guided tours...
Meramec Caverns. Guided tours by trained rangers are conducted along well-lighted walkways. All cavern facilities are accessible to the disabled. Learn how Mother Nature built an ancient limestone 'Wine Table' and an entire 7-story mansion... all underground. On tour you will see both the rarest and largest cave formations in the world.
Meramec Caverns is the largest commercial cave in the state of Missouri. Missouri is also known as the Cave state, hosting home to more than 6,000 surveyed caves. Meramec Caverns is open year round and offers a fun, affordable vacation for all its visitors. The well-trianed rangers can accommodate groups of any size.
Nestled agelessly among the lush foothills of Missouri's rolling Ozark's, these magnificent caverns chronicle over 400-million years of history including: The formation of caves and stalactites, fossils and limestone, Indians of Missouri, European miners and explorers, dramas of the Civil War, train robberies and great escapes, ballroom dances around the 1900's, the Great Depression, World War II, Hollywood movies, and the list goes on.
The history of Meramec Caverns is rich with the treasures of time. Going back through the centuries, local tribes if Indians used the cave as shelter. Later in the 1700's, a French miner, Jacques Renault, founded one of the Cavern's greatest natural resources, saltpeter. This substance was used exclusively for the manufacture of gunpowder.
During the Civil War, a Federal powder mill in the cave was blown up by Confederate guerrillas of whom Jesse James was a member. Local legend also says that the cave was used as a station on the 'Underground Railroad' to hide escaping slaves. In the early 1870's, Jesse James and his band returned to the Cavern on numerous occasions because it afforded a complete hideout for men and horses after train and bank robberies.
In 1933, Lester B. Dill, noted caveologist, discovered the seven upper levels of the Caverns. Further exploration revealed 26 miles of underground passages. Meramec Caverns was opened to the public in 1935 as a tourist attraction.
Meremac State Park. Several...
Meremac State Park. Several miles of picturesque riverbank scenery are preserved in this 6,896-acre park, providing a haven for river recreation. The park's campground borders the spring-fed Meramec River. Hidden within the park's expanse of forest are several springs and more than 40 caves; a naturalist leads tours through Fisher Cave for a fee. The park contains a dining lodge, a general store, canoe rentals, rental cabins, a visitor center, and a motel and conference center.
Canoeing the Current River. ...
Canoeing the Current River. Most spring-fed of all the Ozark rivers, the Current may be floated at almost any time of the year, particularly below Welch Spring. It seldom freezes over and has been a favorite for the annual New Year's float of one large group of Missouri canoeists. Due to the increase in size of the river and the frequency of motor boats below Big Spring, most canoe trips are made on the sections above Big Spring. In normal water, it is a very safe river with no sections which could properly be termed rapids.
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park....
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.
Swift waters of the Black River flowing around some of the oldest exposed rocks in the nation have formed a series of canyonlike gorges or 'shut-ins' in Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. The 8,470-acre park, which has been left mostly as wilderness, contains more than 900 species of plants. It is a major trail head for the 500-mile-long Ozark Trail, which is under development. The park contains picnic areas and a campground. Pets are not allowed at the shut-ins and access to the park is limited, so there may be a wait to enter.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park. ...
Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
From dark caves to back-country hiking trails to castle ruins perched on a cliff, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is the ideal place for the adventurous. Ha Ha Tonka is a geological wonderland: sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, soaring bluffs, and Missouri's ninth largest spring.
Fifteen miles of trail traverse the park, leading visitors to spectacular scenery, natural wonders and the famous castle ruins. Accessible, paved walkways and rugged, rocky trails provide every hiking experience, from a casual boardwalk stroll to an overnight backpack trip.
Looming over all is the ruin of the turn-of-the-century stone castle built by a wealthy businessman. The empty shell of this great mansion overlooks Ha Ha Tonka Spring and Lake of the Ozarks from atop a 250-foot bluff.
The Ha Ha Tonka Savanna preserves an excellent example of pre-settlement landscape. Scattered oaks, prairie grasses and wildflowers, open rocky glades and valley woodlands form a savanna mosaic. A seven-mile backpack trail winds through much of this area so visitors can easily explore the savanna.
Rugged terrain, beautiful bluffs, dark caves and a castle on a cliff -- bring your camera because Ha Ha Tonka State Park has it all.
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