S: October 2012
1: October 2-9, 2012 Mike & I and friends Bonnie & Jim Johnson traveled 2400 fun-filled miles through five states taking in the breath-taking views of fall. Missing signs, u-turns, and switchback roads made for comical rhetoric at times. And it seems that through Kentucky, Mike was driving in the present and I was navigating in the future. We spent two nights in Branson MO, two nights in Hot Springs, AR, one night in Paducah, KY, and the last two nights in Parke Co. IN. Finding a hidden gem in Branson, digging for diamonds in Arkansas and searching for treasures in Parke Co., Indiana were definitely highlights of our trip. But with the beautiful sunny days and being able to spend a week traveling with good friends, well, that's Priceless. Sheryl Drost
3: Our first day saw us go underground at Meramac Caverns on the way to our first over night stop at Branson MO. Dining outside at a steak house on the river while watching the dancing waters at downtown Branson Landing was a perfect way to start our adventure.
4: We discovered a hidden gem on the outskirts of Branson - The Dogwood Canyon Natural Park. We wandered over four of the six miles of walking paths with breath-taking views of waterfalls and rock features around every bend. .
10: Diamond mining in Murfreesboro, Arkansas was the catalyst for this trip and was a blast. We didn't find any diamonds, but we were allowed to bring a bucket of the dirt home to dig through with the grandkids. So you never know...
11: Finding the Hot Springs National Park definitely made for fun times. The cobblestone and switchback roads were so much fun, and oh the view, from top of the mountain. A visit to a bath house and a hot spring produced a jug of spring water to bring home with our bucket of dirt.
12: We broke the stretch from AR to IN up by stopping in Paducah, KY. We popped into Metropolis (hometown of Superman) to visit the casino and checked out the down town river front. They have neat painted murals on their flood walls.
13: With the sun shining once again, we made our way to our final stop in Parke County, Indiana, home of over 30 covered bridges. The colors were just starting to turn when we were in Arkansas, but they were really colorful in Indiana. We would spend two days searching out and photographing as many of the covered bridges having a wonderful time along the way. We found we were in Amish country as well. The first bridge we found filled us with excitement that would last until the last bridge we visited on our way home. We stayed at the Turkey Run Inn at the Turkey Run National Park. It had breath-taking views complete with a hanging bridge. Mike totally enjoyed his late-night star gazing and early morning walks in the park.