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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Our Road Trip–The Way Home

We left Boynton Beach on Thursday afternoon, June 20. That night we stayed in a hotel in Northern Florida, after stopping for dinner at a restaurant in Ormond Beach – the Jerusalem Grill. The next morning we drove into Alabama – a new state for me! We planned a stop at a place called the Moo-seum, which is an educational center regarding Alabama’s beef cattle industry. However, we arrived there at exactly 12pm and they close for lunch from 12-1! Simon was a bit disappointed but the other kids took it in stride.

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We did see this cow.

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And we drove by the bus stop where Rosa Parks boarded the bus the day she refused to give up her seat.

Later that day, we decided to stop at Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi. We walked around a bit there and I found a geocache there!

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We spent that night and the following night in Memphis, TN. On Sunday June 23 we drove the rest of the way home. We stopped in Springfield MO to visit Fantastic Caverns – America’s only ride through cave. (There are only 4 ride through caves in the world, and Dave and I were excited to realize we’d been to one of the others – Harrison’s Cave in Barbados!) The history of the Caverns is pretty interesting – a hunter and his dog discovered the cave in 1862. He didn’t want the cave to be exploited during the Civil War, so he didn’t broadcast his discovery until 1867. Twelve women from the Springfield Women’s Athletic Club were the first explorers of the cave. The caves were used as a speakeasy during Prohibition and a concert hall in the 1950’s.  Now it hosts tours to over 100,000 visitors per year.

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The names of the first explorers carved into the wall.

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From there, it was home to Kansas. (Ignoring the fact that we had a flat tire about an hour from home, it wasn’t a bad trip at all!) And that concludes our epic 2013 Road Trip reports! I feel a bit sad, like it’s over again since I’m done writing about it! I hope you enjoyed reading about it!

6 comments:

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

Sounds like the trip was a major success!! Always fun to visit new places.

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Janine Huldie said...

Sounded like you guys had a great road trip, but know what you mean about it being all over again when having to finish writing about it, too!!

Munchkins and the Military said...

What a great road trip!! Those are some great stops to break up the driving! It's unfortunate about the moo-seum. That sounds like it definitely would have been interesting! I had no idea there were ride through caves in Springfield.

Tamar SB said...

Moo-seum - love it! So cool to see the bench Rosa Parks sat on!!

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Again, you do the coolest things!

Holly Higgins said...

How did you like Memphis? We've been thinking about taking a weekend trip there.