Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Bandits, Caves, and Highway Digging"

A sure sign of Spring - miles and miles of highway construction to lengthen an already 7 hour drive. Of course, lots of stops along the way for doggie walks with the Beagles at highway rest areas.  At one rest stop in Missouri, I met a woman walking her three small dogs. She was on her way from her home near St. Louis to meet her sister in Pittsburgh. Both women were separated as children, and she was driving to PA to be reunited with her sibling after 44 years.

We passed by two noteworthy historical sites. One was the Maramec Caves in Missouri. The caverns were reported to be the hideout for the notorious bandit Jesse James, who died on this day (April 3rd) in 1882. The other site in Illinois is the Cahokia Mounds. Preserved at this site are the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. Pictured is the Monk's Mound courtesy of Wikipedia.

Another long day tomorrow. Port Royal, PA or Bust!

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