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Upper Peninsula Road Trip

Upper Peninsula Road Trip

Driving all the way around Lake Michigan including a week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Seeking light houses, waterfalls and Great Lake coastline scenery. Staying in bed & breakfasts, little motels near the coastline and 2 nights in the Big Bay Point Lighthouse.

Columbia & Snake River Cruise

Columbia & Snake River Cruise

River cruise on the National Geographic Sea Bird from the Pacific Ocean to Hells Canyon in Idaho on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Click image to see larger photo.

St. Louis Zoo, MO

Visiting one of the country’s best zoos. Still no admission fee at the St. Louis Zoo. Tigers and Lions. Hippos. Bird House entrance. Cheetah. Elephant. Elephants. Hippo nap time. Taking a break on the River Walk. Penguin. Penguin. Puffin.   Cobra sculpture. Rhino.

Along the Road – Missouri

  Relics at Champion Towing, Potosi, MO. Restored Texaco station in DeSoto, MO. Old Phillips 66 building in Caledonia, MO

The Cave Restaurant, Richland, MO

26880 Rochester Rd., Richland, MO 65556, off I-44 exit 150 Good food, large portions, unique atmosphere and nice people. Park in a marked lot near the river, ride a shuttle up the one lane cliff road. Then take an elevator up to the Cave Restaurant. Be sure to browse the craft shop cabin nearby. Rustic…

Kimmswick, MO

Anheuser Estate. Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. Cool little river town with lots of craft/decor shops, some antiques and good food and snacks. Park and walk around the whole place. Lots of benches for the spouse to sit while serious shopping is done. Anheuser Estate on the Mississippi River.   More Info.

Route 66 Missouri

World’s Largest Rocking Chair and Outpost Store, Fanning, MO. More Info.   Mural at Outpost Store. Classic Phillips 66 station, Cuba, MO

Elephant Rocks State Park, MO

Giant granite boulders on top of a high hill invite visitors to weave around them and even climb on them. More info. Some of the paths are accessible with Braille interpretive markers. Other paths are a challenge. This tree seems to be hugging the granite boulder.

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge, MO

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site in Jefferson County, MO. 1922 historic photo. More info. Beautiful grounds for a scenic picnic. Sign shows the 1872 Howe Truss design. Old Phillips 66 sign nearby.

Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park, MO

Climbing and wading in the chutes and pools of the East Fork of the Black River. More Info. Lots of scenic fun, but some caution is needed, especially at the deep pool under the high cliff. There are shallow areas for smaller children. In 2005, a 1.3 billion gallon breach of the hydro-electric station on…