Black Mesa, OK

I was excited/nervous as Dad and I made our way to the trailhead for Black Mesa in Oklahoma.  I figured the hike would be sort of like White Butte in North Dakota, only longer.  I thought the hike started at Black Mesa State Park.  We pulled in and asked a few people if the hike starts there and one man replied, “Well, you can start the hike here, but it’d take you a day or two!” before giving us directions to the spot a bit farther down the road where the trail ACTUALLY starts.

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Mount Sunflower – Kansas

I was really excited about going to Mount Sunflower in Kansas.  I love sunflowers and this state high point has a giant metal sunflower made out of rail road spikes.  Unfortunately when Dad and I got there it was pretty foggy and misty so I didn’t have the picturesque blue sky with giant puffy clouds in the background for my pictures like I wanted, but it was still a cool little place to check out.

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The Kaskaskia Dragon

When I saw the Kaskaskia Dragon mentioned online after a google search of tourist attractions along i70 I knew I HAD TO SEE IT.  A 35 foot long dragon hand made out of metal that shoots fire out of it’s mouth?  Not even a question – we were going to see it.

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Cataract Falls

The first stop Dad and I made on our roadtrip was to Cataract Falls in Indiana.  I literally just googled i70 tourist attractions or something and saw this as well as a few other places of interest.  It was about 15 minutes off i70 and we love a good waterfall so we decided to check it out.

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Stony Valley Rail Trail

It has been a long time since I have hiked or cycled the Stony Valley Rail Trail.  My friend, Laura, was the one who first showed me this trail and we explored various sections – especially the abandoned town of Rausch Gap.  The Appalachian Trail also goes through this area so there are miles of hiking and cycling that can be done.  I have been looking for new places to take my nephew bike camping so Kevin and I grabbed our bikes one sunny day and headed out to see if there were any campsites near the trail that we could get to with our bikes.

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Florida: Part 3

It didn’t rain on the day we went to Epcot, but it was really cold and windy – and of course if you have been following my Florida trip so far you know I was really sick.  I could barely talk this day, but there was no way I was gonna waste my vacation laying around the rental house the whole week!

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