George Washington Carver National Monument, MO…

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One of the days that Vaughn was gone driving for Samaritan’s Purse, the kids and I took a little road trip.  Baxter Springs is on Route 66, and we followed that highway into Missouri, through the little town of… and into…where we drove by the new Joplin hospital, which is still getting the final touches […]

Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO…

After heading out from Fort Wood and Waynesville, MO, we didn’t get far – just to Springfield, MO, where we found THE Bass Pro Shops. A fun stop to see all sorts of mounted animals and interesting ‘shops’… and all underwater! I loved the part of the store that is designed to make it look like […]

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield…

After picking up Greg from basic, we spent the next day at the park just taking it easy which included running down the road just a couple of miles and catching up on the laundry.  After that, it was time to see a few sites on our way to take Greg back home for his […]

The Arch National Monument in St. Louis, MO…

We couldn’t go to St. Louis and NOT visit The Arch National Monument, now could we? Actually, I expected it to be a dud, I mean, how interesting could a big metal ‘thing’ be? But, it ended up being a nice stop! We found easy parking, for only $6/day, just a short walk from the arch, and the […]

St. Louis Missouri and the U.S. Grant National Historic Site…

We still had 2 days left until we could spend a day with Greg at Basic, and then pick him up at graduation the day after.  We pulled in to St. Louis and spent the night at a Walmart on the southwest side.  We won’t talk about the homeless man that kept asking us for […]