After Nauvoo, IL, we headed to:
Missouri is not only a place rich in church history; for me, it is rich in family history as well! Due to this, we spent several days in Missouri seeing sites and spending time with some of my relatives.
On our way down to where my family lives, we stopped to see a couple of sites. First, we stopped in Hannibal, MO to see some Mark Twain sites. It was really hot even though it was only about 10 AM so it was a really quick stop.
|Tom & Huck statue in Hannibal, MO|
|St. Louis temple|
The next morning, after a yummy breakfast cooked by my uncle, complete with bacon, the four of us went to Big Spring. It is a beautiful park with this incredible spring. I like the following pictures, but they don't do it justice. The water is such a cool aqua color and it was very tempting to wade in. My aunt showed us a trail that goes around it. It was fun for me to see the karst topography since this time last year I was considering studying geology! [In fact, I wrote about sinkholes for a term paper. The limestone of karst topography is susceptible to erosion that creates underground caves like the ones the spring travels through. Eventually it will create sinkholes as the tops of the caves fall in.]
|Thomas, me, Aunt Patsy, and Uncle Dennis. It was their 43rd wedding anniversary that day!|
|The Belchers (Joseph and Ida)|
|The Lees (Arthur and Ethel)|
|This is a cool old camera they have on display at the museum. I teased Thomas that he needed one like this.|
|A johnboat on display at the museum.|
|See that oar at the top of the displays? That's what would steer the railroad tie rafts.|
|Chocolate pizza?? YES PLEASE!!!!!|
On our way across Missouri, we stopped at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, MO. We toured the museum and the home where Laura lived, as well as a home built for Laura by her daughter, Rose. Although it was interesting to see some things that actually belonged to the author of the Little House on the Prairie books, I think I would skip this stop if we were in the area again; it seemed a little run-down, despite how busy it was.
|us at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, MO|
The next day we put a lot of miles on the car visiting various sites around the Independence area.
|It's a truly beautiful place.|
Haun's Mill (newly purchased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints):
|A small marker at Haun's Mill|
Far West temple site:
|The Liberty Jail Historic Site|
|Inside the historic site building is a replica of the original Liberty Jail|
|The Christus statue in the Independence Visitors' Center|
This is the Church of Christ Temple Lot. Right now it is a field with a few marker stones.
Our last stop for the day was the newly dedicated Kansas City temple. We just walked around the grounds. It is beautiful, but we were surprised how small it looked in person!
Well, I was going to try to fit everything in and make this the last trip post, but there is still enough left for one more.