Last week we had a couple of days off from the bakery and decided to take a couple of day trips. The first was on a clear, sunny day even though that didn't really matter...
...as we were headed southwest an hour or so to Meramec Caverns. I had been there as a child and my wife had never been, so to Stanton MO we drove.
Since a portion of the cave was still closed due to high levels of an unsafe gas, we had a shorter experience than we expected, but it was still a nice change of pace.
I've been in natural caves a couple of times before, and although I understand the importance of pouring concrete and adding railings to make things safe for visitors -- not to mention the addition of lights -- I would have liked less "interference" here.
Also, just because there is a room that looks very much like a theater, with a curtain, orchestra pit, and balcony...
...that doesn't mean that showing a movie there is a good idea. There's a reason they open the curtains at movie theaters before the movie starts. (And I'm not just sour because we got yelled at for walking toward the exit unaccompanied after the guide said "that ends the tour")
The next day we headed north, taking the scenic route instead of the highway. Our destination was Hannibal MO, boyhood home of Mark Twain.
|Looking east into Illinois|
Along the way there were a couple of nice scenic views of the Mississippi from the top of hills. (If you don't know, the Mississippi is the boundary between hilly Missouri and mostly-flat Illinois.)
You don't get a good sense of the height from these photos. There's quite a steep drop in front of us!
This trip that went through Clarksville, Louisiana, and other smaller towns ended up being all about the drive...
...due to the intense storms that we encountered as we got near the end of our 2-hour adventure:
I love seeing cloud formations like this, but I have to admit they are less enjoyable when you're driving right into them. The rain limited what we could do in Hannibal, but we already agreed that a return trip was in our future!
The rest of our break was spent enjoying the couch and some Netflix. Didn't think you needed any photos of that!