Clammy beach walk

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Hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms describes most of Florida in the summer. A beautiful and mostly empty beach make it a nice way to spend our time. Today we came across several sets of turtle tracks; their nests already marked by park rangers, a pelican hanging out and many open clam shells by the waters edge.We plan on taking a little time to regroup, relish our recent adventure and plan the next outing, in September. I think clams and crab will make a delicious dinner…

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GORGEous Georgia with some moonshine

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Tallulah Gorge State Park is in northeastern Georgia and has a two mile long, 1,000 foot-deep gorge filled with five waterfalls, several hiking trails and a suspension bridge that sways 80 feet above the gorge floor. The visitor center has a film about the history of the gorge and information about the protected species of persistent trillium and monkey-faced orchids within the gorge. We enjoyed an invigorating and very sweaty hike, stopping to enjoy the great views of the gorge and falls. We did not see any trillium or orchids, however, we saw the remains of the tower from Karl Wallenda’s tightrope crossing in 1970. We also imagined where scenes from the movie Deliverance were shot.After our time in the park, we searched for a roadside restaurant to get a cool drink. Surprisingly, we found Moonrise Distillery, a small batch whiskey, bourbon and moonshine establishment, open. We were…

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Double the fun: a cave and a waterfall

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Just on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee is Lookout Mountain. Due to a driving rainstorm, we opted to visit Ruby Falls and skip the big city. Leo Lambert and a team of cave enthusiasts found a waterfall over 1,100 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain in 1928. Lambert bought the land on the Tennessee side of the mountain and named the falls for his wife, Ruby. He opened the area as an attraction in 1930. The attraction is America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall. The 145-foot waterfall is lit with many colors and set to a soundtrack, and draws an amazing amount of tourists. There are lots of sights to visit in the area when it is not raining…we will be back.

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Bluegrass beckons in Murfreesboro, TN

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Skirting Nashville and heading about twenty minutes south we arrived in Murfreesboro in time for a two-day bluegrass music and dance festival. The 41st Uncle Dave Macon Days festival is filled with traditional acoustic bluegrass and old-time (pre-70s acoustic country) music, clogging (like tap dancing with extra taps and different cool moves), and of course lots of fried and smoked food. There were many competitions and jamborees along with professional groups. We enjoyed every part of the experience except the heat and humidity combination. The town center, like so many we have visited, is built around the courthouse. This square is filled with nice shops and restaurants, and lucky for us, Saturday morning provided one of the best farmers markets ever with incredible fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables.Fine fiddlin, plucky pickin and fancy footwork had us toe-tapping and put sweet smiles on our faces in Murfreesboro.

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Daily Planet update: Metropolis is in Illinois!

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At the very bottom tip of Illinois along the Ohio River and the border of Kentucky is a small town with a big name. Metropolis has embraced (as it should) Superman. The official ‘Home of Superman’ was authorized by D.C. Comics in 1972. Since then, Metropolis has become a Superman fan Mecca. There is a statue, a museum, the Daily Planet car and even a phone booth. It is a fun place to stop and take pictures. Too bad there is no terrific diner or coffee shop to meet Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen and get the latest scoop for the Daily Planet.

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Spontaneous Stop; Boonsville, MO

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The Woodstock Inn of Independence, MO has seen its share of local and national history. Built in the early 1800s, it was yards from two separate Civil War engagements in 1862. The front of the house opened onto the path of the Oregon/Santa Fe/California Trail. For years it was an artist studio and most recently it is an excellent bed and breakfast. It is walking distance to the courthouse square and most historic markers in town. Our stay was wonderful and culminated with a delicious gourmet breakfast. (stuffed french toast not pictured)Continuing our eastward journey, a billboard for Missouri Country Quilts intrigued us. We stopped in Boonville, MO to check it out. It is one woman’s retirement project. Mostly a store selling fabric and quilt-making materials, there is also an open sewing area and always cookies and drinks for anyone who enters the building. We chatted with the owner…

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Independence, MO; where the Oregon Trail begins and the buck stops

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This small town, a mere twenty minutes from Kansas City, has some noteworthy American history.

Independence, MO was a major starting point for the Oregon Trail. We visited the National Frontier Trails Museum. Through quotes from journals, illustrations and actual artifacts, the displays recreate the travels of many pioneers. The exhibits also include the early explorations of Lewis and Clark, the Mormon route and the building of the transcontinental railroad which brought overland wagon travel to a fortunate end.Also in Independence are the home, library and courthouse where Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States resided and practiced law. The courthouse square is charming and filled with historic markers and good restaurants.His home, which he returned to after his presidency, is now a museum. The Truman Presidential Library is also in Independence. It highlights the major issues and events of his presidency as well as…

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