Yesterday’s post chronicled our brief Memphis adventure, a stop while enroute to Saint Louis, the Tuesday before Christmas. The next morning we got up and continued on. BTW- we spent the night at the Pear Tree Inn in Cape Girardreau, Missouri. It was a decent price, clean and had a good breakfast… if you are ever in the area. AND there was a Panera Bread across the street. I love Panera. We don’t have them here in Louisiana. Boo. Any hoo… we continued on our way.
Our first stop was the Mastodon State Historic Site, in Imperial, Missouri. We pulled in around lunch time. Devin, my husband, was pumped to see some dinosaur bones. A little background- the Mastodon State Historic Site is located on the Kimmswick Bone Bed, reknowned “for it’s extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils” (as written on their homepage). The park has a fossil museum, hiking trails and a picnic area. It was a huge disappointment, only because the museum is closed on Wednesdays. I swear my New Year’s Resolution is going to be to check and see when attractions are open before we are standing outside the front doors. (A similar incident happened the previous day!) We made the best of it and had a little picnic.
The picnic area was at the top of a cliff.
Somebody was very happy to be out of the car.
So happy that she stole the bread.
After lunch, we took a short hike that took us to the bottom of the cliff and over the bone bed.
Somewhere, buried deep beneath this path, lies hundreds, maybe even thousands more fossils. Kind of mind blowing, isn’t it?
After the hike, we got back in the car and headed to the Meramac Caverns.
The attraction wasn’t exactly on the way, but what’s another hour in the car? And the very idea, after all, these caverns took a millenia to form, was to full of intrigue to miss.
The entrance to the caverns were decked out in the holiday spirit.
Once we started the tour, I was astounded; I had no idea the rock formations would be so stunning.
There was a formation called a”wine table.” Why it’s called that? I have no idea. But apparently there are only two known ‘wine tables’ in the world, and this is one of them.
This photo was taken in the Movie Theater Room, named for it’s curtain-like formations.
It was accompanied by an old school light show.
After that, was headed into Saint Louis.
That evening, my Great Aunt and Uncle treated us the Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo. This too, was a quite spectacular attraction.
The photo’s just don’t do it justice. (Another New Year’s Resolution: Learn to master night photography.)
Side note: I’ve been experimenting with Bokeh. Love it.
And that, my friends, was day 2 of our whirlwind journey. What a day.