The Great River Road

User: corderm
Dates: 12 Sep 2017 - 15 Nov 2017
Duration: 2 months

Fall trip along the Mississippi River, from its start in Minnesota to its end in New Orleans. Trip organized by Adventure Caravan Tours.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 10:21

Our last meal on the road was an obvious choice; no need to even say it.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 18:28

Our last night on the road was at the Apache Gold Casino RV Park(ing lot). I forgot to take a picture, but I came out of the casino with $100 more than I entered with.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 1:28 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 11:56

A very nice lunch in Duncan, AZ.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:13

Enjoying a 70 degree evening in Las Cruces, NM.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 12:13 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 11:31

Visiting the world’s largest pistachio at McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch in Alamogordo, NM.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 12:34

Our next stop was the Buffalo Falls, which are about 30 miles outside of Carlsbad.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 8:00

We spent the morning inside of Carlsbad Caverns, 3.25 mile walk in this underground wonderland.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 3 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 15:23

Enjoying the afternoon at the KOA outside of Carlsbad, NM.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 14:32

At the Buddy Holly Museum in Lubbock, TX.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 8:30

A very nice river walk was adjacent to the visitor center.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 8:28

It was kind of backwards, but we stopped at the San Angelo Visitors Center on our way OUT of town. It was very nice, and it made us want to return to town in the future.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 18:15

One of about 20 deer grazing in our campground.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 12:15 a.m.

Wednesday 8 Nov 2017 17:16

Campsites for us and the Copelands in San Angelo, TX.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 12:20

This is us!

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 12:20

We took a tour boat on the river at “The Riverwalk.”

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 9:36

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 15:35

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 15:34

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 13:25

Best of show

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 12:57

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Monday 6 Nov 2017 12:42

Some displayed quilts. Zoom in on this one.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Sunday 5 Nov 2017 10:10

An action shot at the Quilt Show.

Posted: Nov. 5, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Saturday 4 Nov 2017 13:59

John and I went to the Lone Star Air Museum outside of Houston.

Posted: Nov. 4, 2017, 6:59 p.m.

Saturday 4 Nov 2017 13:17

Getting ready to fire this thing up and take it for a quick flight.

Posted: Nov. 4, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Friday 3 Nov 2017 14:31

John and I went to this indoor skydiving place near our campground and tried our hand at floating on air.

Posted: Nov. 3, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Thursday 2 Nov 2017 13:40

John and I went to NASA’s Space Center while the girls were at the quilt show. We were about to tour a shuttle and the 747 that flew them around when this pic was taken.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017, 6:40 p.m.

Monday 30 Oct 2017 16:46

The Copelands arrived at the campsite to join us for the rest of our trip. They had to stop on the shoulder of the highway a couple of days earlier, and a big rig car hauler going about 70 mph sideswiped their trailer and kept on going. It appears that a bolt or rod sticking out of the side of the car hauler ripped a channel all the way down the side of their RV. A couple of inches closer would have been catastrophic, as Colette was inside the trailer at the time.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Monday 30 Oct 2017 15:21

Now THIS is an RV resort—Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring, Texas. We will be here for the next 7 nights and will be joined by the Copelands before the day is through.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Sunday 29 Oct 2017 15:05

We made it into Texas on our drive today, and stopped in this park to grab a couple of geocaches.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:48

I didn’t know that Louisiana had white sand beaches.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2017, 5:48 p.m.

Sunday 29 Oct 2017 12:06

While walking a marshland Trail, we rounded a corner and saw this guy.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Sunday 29 Oct 2017 11:38

We spent the day driving and walking the Creole Nature Trail.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2017, 4:38 p.m.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 12:38

We next toured a decommissioned destroyer called the USS Orleck. It is pretty run down, but was interesting to tour.

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 9:24

We attended a local car show this morning, followed by a “boudin” sampling event. Boudin is rice, meat, cheese, spices, any combination thereof, stuffed in a sausage casing. Delicious!

Posted: Oct. 28, 2017, 2:24 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 13:04

Sitting by the pool, waiting for the spa to heat up while watching an approaching thunderstorm that should be here within a half hour.

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 12:40

This is our home for the next 3 nights outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Very nice place called A+ Motel and RV Park.

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Thursday 26 Oct 2017 14:39

The backyard.

Posted: Oct. 26, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Thursday 26 Oct 2017 13:34

Our last stop (aside from dinner at Saltgrass Steakhouse) was for a mansion tour at “Shadows on the Teche.” Teche is the name of a bayou waterway behind the house; we don’t know why the house is called Shadows. Beautiful garden area around the home.

Posted: Oct. 26, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

Thursday 26 Oct 2017 12:52

Our next stop was LeJunne’s Bakery, established in 1884. All they make is French bread and ginger cakes. I think the last time they remodeled was never. They produce 500-1,000 loaves of French bread each day.

Posted: Oct. 26, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Thursday 26 Oct 2017 11:10

Today’s adventure took us to the Jeanerette Museum. No real reason, just something to do. The best part was a 12 minute video on the growing and harvesting of sugar cane in this area.

Posted: Oct. 26, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 15:30

Konriko Rice Mill.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 15:30

We took a tour of Konriko Rice Mill, the oldest rice mill in the nation. A tour bus had arrived at the same time that we did, so we were forced to join them. When finished and the tour bus left, we asked if there was more to see. One of the owners personally showed us more of the facility and told us some interesting things about their products and marketing.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 10:36

We walked the surrounding Rip Van Winkle Gardens, which were gorgeous. I have a new-found appreciation for the beauty in this state from the things that we have seen on this trip.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017 9:56

We toured the Joseph Jefferson House on Jefferson Island, Louisiana. He attained his fame by portraying Rip Van Winkle in the late 1800s.

Posted: Oct. 25, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 13:33

Next to the factory is the Jungle Gardens of Avery Island, also owned by the McIlheney Family. This place is breathtaking. We spent a couple of hours driving and walking this 3 mile loop.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017, 6:33 p.m.

Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 12:47

We were able to drive to within 10 feet of these guys, who were basking in the afternoon sun.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 10:06

Thousands of barrels of Tabasco Sauce are aged here, a three year process.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Tuesday 24 Oct 2017 9:30

We are staying in Duson, Louisiana for 4 nights. We took the car about 45 miles to Avery Island, the home of Tabasco Sauce. We spent the morning touring the premises.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday 21 Oct 2017 15:38

We took a guided tour of an oil rig platform.

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Saturday 21 Oct 2017 11:54

While seeking something to do, we decided to check for geocaches. We were able to be FTF on a cache in the pictured tree. What are the chances of being first to find in the state of Louisiana!

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Friday 20 Oct 2017 15:15

There are lots of Cypress trees with Spanish Moss around here.

Posted: Oct. 20, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Friday 20 Oct 2017 15:14

We have turned to the west and are headed in the general direction of home. We didn't make it very far; spending three nights at Cypress Lake RV in Berwick, Louisiana. This lake is part of the RV park.

Posted: Oct. 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 15:21

While waiting for others in the group to complete their flights, I passed the time watching freshly caught tuna being cleaned at the fishing port where the float planes were located.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 14:53

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 14:42

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Thursday 19 Oct 2017 14:25

The final event for our tour was a float plane flight over the Mississippi River Delta.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 13:10

This guy was at our lunch stop.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 13:09

The last full day of our tour began in a bad way--Diane was ill and would not be going. The group first stopped at Woodland Plantation for lunch. This is the home depicted on the Southern Comfort Whiskey label.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 13:16

We walked around City Park and their 5 acre sculpture display area. The Park was beautiful except for litter, the sculptures got boring to us non-artistic folks, but they did have a giant spider.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 12:44

Excellent BBQ lunch here.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 5:44 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 10:41

We saw swamp dwellers.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 3:41 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 10:22

We saw more gators.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 10:16

We saw swampland.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 3:16 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 9:56

We saw gators.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017 9:25

We had a "free day" today to do our own thing. We started with a swamp tour on an airboat.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 16:41

A stop for an afternoon treat--beignets and cafe au'lait.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 15:55

We stopped at a cemetery and viewed the above-ground burial sites.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 14:39

Jackson Square.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 13:54

A walking tour of the French Quarter was next on our agenda.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 10:56

We had lunch at New Orleans School of Cooking. Gumbo, jambalaya, bread pudding, and pecan pralines.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 10:19

My queen; we lost some weight walking around on the trip.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 3:19 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 10:16

They make and store items for Mardi Gras parade floats.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 3:16 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 10:11

The Duke!

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017 9:34

Our day began with a tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 16:05

Some of the RV sites at this campground.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 16:03

We were going to go for a swim, but we spotted the Creature from the Black Lagoon already swimming here.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 15:58

Our final campsite on the organized portion of our tour. This is Bayou Segnette State Park, and the RV sites are awesome.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 8:46

A friendly cicada came out to see us off this morning. I may not have been as friendly, as I think I ran over it when we pulled out. Next stop--New Orleans.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 16:00

Longwood Mansion.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 9 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 15:49

We toured the Longwood Mansion in Natchez, an unfinished masterpiece. The surrounding grounds were beautiful.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 13:49

A horse and buggy ride in downtown Natchez, Mississippi.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Sunday 15 Oct 2017 8:37

Sunday morning on the Mississippi from our RV park in Vidalia, Louisiana.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2017, 1:37 p.m.

Saturday 14 Oct 2017 11:19

Stopped for lunch at this unique place. It was a buffet; the fried chicken was excellent, and everything else was ehhhhh.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 15:41

Our final stop for today was the Cedar Grove House. Built in 1840, it took 41 cannonball hits from ships on the nearby Mississippi during the Civil War.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 14:28

Lunch in Vicksburg on the 9th floor, open-air restaurant of the town's bank building.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 12:46

There are 17,000 Union soldiers buried here.

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Friday 13 Oct 2017 12:22

The USS Cairo, sunk by a mine on the Mississippi and submerged for 100 years until recovered and placed on display at the National Cemetery.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 10:52

Our next stop was the Vicksburg National Military Park, the battleground near the end of the Civil War.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 9:12

Weapon found in recent history.

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Friday 13 Oct 2017 9:08

Civil War projectiles

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Friday 13 Oct 2017 9:03

I think the doll on the left killed the other doll.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 8:41

Confederate flag

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 1:41 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 8:32

Our first stop today was at the old Courthouse Museum. This was probably the most interesting museum we have ever visited. Lots of Civil War stuff. Highly recommend and would gladly visit again.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 1:32 p.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 15:45

A nice large and grassy site in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 15:02

After lunch we took a tour of the Gibson Guitar factory. Although it was noisy and difficult to hear the tour guide, it was very interesting and worth going to.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 13:34

We (just the two of us) had lunch at a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant, and the food was A+. We were the only customers they had during our time there.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 11:50

We visited the Mud Island Museum, which has a scale model of the Mississippi that is about a half mile long. This pic is of the delta area where the river ends.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 19:21

Beale Street at night. It wasn't as flashy as I thought it would be, and the local beggars come out at night.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017, 12:21 a.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 18:58

Went to downtown Memphis for some Memphis-style ribs. I loved them; Diane thought they were just OK.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 11:58 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 14:31

Our next stop was the Metal Museum, a collection of jewelry and yard sculptures.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 12:16

Burial site. His parents and grandmother are also buried here. Elvis was a twin, whose brother was stillborn.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 12:07

Also in his patch collection was Ontario PD and Burbank PD.

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Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 12:05

Elvis wanted to be a police officer if he didn't make it in the entertainment business; his patch collection included Covina PD.

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Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 11:31

The front of the Graceland Mansion, purchased by 22 year old Elvis on 14 acres for $100,000.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 10:15

What is a trip to Memphis without a visit here?

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 16:43

Radio DJ workstation.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 15:47

At Sun Recording Studio, where Elvis and others got their start. This microphone was used by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many others.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 13:29

Famous Beale Street in Memphis.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 12:56

The small bathroom window is where the shot originated.

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 12:50

The balcony where MLK was killed.

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 12:47

The motel where MLK was assassinated.

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Monday 9 Oct 2017 10:43

Downtown Memphis from the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 3:43 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 9:27

Our first stop today was at St. Jude Research Hospital for Children. A memorial garden at the burial site of founder Danny Thomas is pictured.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 11:43

We stopped for lunch at Lambert's Cafe, famous for throwing dinner rolls across the room to their guests. There were about 10,000 people here waiting to eat.

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 17:03

Looking down at the river from the top of the Arch as a barge passes by.

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Saturday 7 Oct 2017 17:02

Downtown St. Louis from the top of the Arch.

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Saturday 7 Oct 2017 17:01

This is what the viewing room at the top of the Arch looks like.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 15:39

A pic of the Gateway Arch from the Mississippi River.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 15:35

We took a riverboat tour of the St. Louis area.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 13:31

From the base of the Arch, looking up to the top that is 630 feet in height.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 10:21

We saw a skeleton climbing up the side of the cabin where Ulysses Grant lived.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 3:21 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 9:46

We started the day with a trip to Grant's Farm. Some of the Budweiser horses are stabled here.

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 16:17

Our last stop for the day was a tour of the Busch Brewery.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 13:58

The view from the first base dugout area.

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 13:35

The view from the radio booth.

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 13:11

The first World Series Trophy ever awarded, won by the 1967 Cardinals. Prior to this, the only award was a pennant to the winning team.

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 12:57

The tour of Busch Stadium was very cool.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 11:30

We lunched across from Busch Stadium, prior to our tour.

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 8:59

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 8:54

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017 8:49

We started our day with a tour of Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Oct 2017 15:01

We will spend the next 4 nights in the St. Louis area at this KOA campground.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017 15:55

We took a tour of the cave where Tom Sawyer ran into Injun Joe...scary memories!!!

Posted: Oct. 3, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 15:41

This is the 'Welcome' sign when arriving from the river.

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Monday 2 Oct 2017 13:59

The home where Twain grew up, as well as the whitewashed fence.

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Monday 2 Oct 2017 11:02

Nearly everything in this part of town is about Mark Twain.

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Monday 2 Oct 2017 11:01

An overlook view of the Mississippi River.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 10:22

Loading onto the trolley for a tour of Old Town Hannibal.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 8:39

We need one of these for our RV.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

Sunday 1 Oct 2017 13:59

A mostly relaxing day; the only things on the schedule was a one-man Mark Twain stand-up story teller (at the campground) and a potluck dinner.

Posted: Oct. 1, 2017, 6:59 p.m.

Saturday 30 Sep 2017 17:16

Today had its ups and downs, as it has been 3 years since Jordan left us. Thank you all for your kind words, prayers, and encouragement that reaffirmed something that we already knew--we have great friends that love and care for us.

Posted: Sept. 30, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Saturday 30 Sep 2017 16:10

We are staying in the scenic Mark Twain Campground in Hannibal, MO for the next 4 nights.

Posted: Sept. 30, 2017, 9:10 p.m.

Saturday 30 Sep 2017 8:52

Breakfast at "Iowa 80," the restaurant at the world's largest truck stop. This place is definitely worth visiting!

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Saturday 30 Sep 2017 8:29

Starting the day with a stop here.

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Friday 29 Sep 2017 15:26

Our final stop today was the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

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Friday 29 Sep 2017 13:48

A tour of the Amanda Woolen Mill.

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Friday 29 Sep 2017 11:18

We are spending most of the day in the Amanda Colonies, Iowa.

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Thursday 28 Sep 2017 16:01

We were given an overview of the booze making process, provided with a tasty sample and a nasty tasting sample, then headed back to the RV park after a long day.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 15:40

Our last stop of the day was the Mississippi Distillery Company.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 15:09

Our next stop was at the home of American Pickers, from the TV show of the same name. We were disappointed; there really wasn't anything very cool on display, and the stars of the show were not there.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 8:09 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 13:43

After lunch we went to Isabel Bloom, a small production facility that makes artistic statuettes. Isabel is well known around here; we never heard of her, but we enjoyed the production demonstration.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 11:17

We had to wear hair nets to view the candy making demonstration.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 4:17 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 11:09

Our next stop was a small chocolate store, where all of their chocolates are made by hand.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 4:09 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 8:55

One of Deere's first production tractors.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 1:55 p.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 8:43

Our first stop was the John Deere Pavilion, just across the river in Illinois.

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Thursday 28 Sep 2017 8:10

The tour bus has arrived and we are headed out for a busy day.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 1:10 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 13:35

Simulating catching a monster catfish with a bare hand.

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 13:26

Chatting with Mark Twain.

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 13:25

Our group stopped at the Mississippi River Museum while in transit to Davenport. We are not museum people, but there was enough interesting things here to keep us there for a couple of hours.

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 10:47

A scenic overlook of the Mississippi River not long after we entered the state of Iowa.

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 8:49

Our site in Prairie du Chien, the place where our first real problem emerged. One of the bedroom slides will not fully extend, but it will be more of a minor annoyance than a problem (until we get the repair bill once we get it fixed).

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Tuesday 26 Sep 2017 10:59

Diane was thrilled to be able to stop in Red Wing, MN enroute to our destination today. We went to the Red Wing Pottery Museum (yes, I said pottery museum) where we looked at pottery that was on display. Diane scored some souvenirs, then back on the road to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Posted: Sept. 26, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Monday 25 Sep 2017 15:07

We went to the Mall of America after our lunch cruise. We went on an attraction called "Flight over America." It was awesome. We also went to their Aquarium, which was nicely done and worth the visit.

Posted: Sept. 25, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Monday 25 Sep 2017 11:45

We took a two hour lunch cruise on the Mississippi today. Good food, great cookies.

Posted: Sept. 25, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 12:12

Deep within the corn maze.

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Sunday 24 Sep 2017 11:55

At our third orchard stop we decided to go into their corn maze. We had never done one of these before; probably will never do another!

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Sunday 24 Sep 2017 11:24

They also sold mums; Diane is choosing the ones that were leaving with us.

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Sunday 24 Sep 2017 11:23

Apple orchard stop; they also grew very large pumpkins.

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Sunday 24 Sep 2017 10:56

We had a free day from our tour activities, so we visited 3 different apple orchard farms. Our timing was good, as it is currently harvest time.

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Saturday 23 Sep 2017 12:48

A pic from inside the theater.

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Saturday 23 Sep 2017 11:19

Today's outing was to Chanhassen Dinner Theater for lunch and to see a stage production of Grease. Really good food, really good show!

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 16:20

Our last stop was the Minnehaha Falls. A busy day for our tour group.

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 16:16

We visited the St. Paul Cathedral, 4th largest in the U.S. The interior was incredible.

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 15:21

A view of the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis. This pic was taken from an outdoor balcony at a playhouse theater in St Paul.

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 11:31

A bus tour of the twin cities led us to the old federal courthouse, which had been beautifully restored in recent years.

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Friday 22 Sep 2017 9:08

We started the day with a cave tour in St. Paul, MN. This was an underground bar and restaurant in the 1930's, where gangsters liked to frequent.

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Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 19:29

We went to the Bemidji Woolen Mills for a tour and light shopping. Diane spotted Paul Bunyan and invited him to tag along with us for the rest of our trip. He will be posted as a sentry in our windshield, just in front of the 3 pumpkins that are already there.

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Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 11:21

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Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 11:19

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Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 11:03

Some photos of the area where the Mississippi River begins.

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Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 11:01

To the right of the rocks behind us is the starting point of the Mississippi River. This water will reach the Gulf of Mexico in about 90 days, according to our tour guide.

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Tuesday 19 Sep 2017 18:45

Fall colors are here! This half-mile path is on the grounds of the Royal Oaks RV Park in Bemidji, MN

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Monday 18 Sep 2017 12:46

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Monday 18 Sep 2017 11:04

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Monday 18 Sep 2017 10:38

We went exploring in town; saw Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, went out on a pier on Lake Bemidji, and posed with a friendly spider on the wall of a business.

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Sunday 17 Sep 2017 13:42

We have arrived at the kick-off point for our caravan adventure, Bemidji, MN. We will be here for 4 nights; the caravan doesn't officially start for two more days.

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Sunday 17 Sep 2017 7:30

On the road at 7:20 AM with clear skies and 38 degree temperature.

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Saturday 16 Sep 2017 18:49

This is a very nice KOA! A couple of pics I took while we walked around the grounds.

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Saturday 16 Sep 2017 18:37

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Saturday 16 Sep 2017 15:22

One of us has an insatiable attraction to these types of stores! This one is in Bismarck, ND, where we are spending the night in a nearby KOA campground.

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Saturday 16 Sep 2017 10:20

We crossed into North Dakota this morning, and stopped at a scenic turnout for a bowl of cereal and the beautiful view.

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Friday 15 Sep 2017 14:25

Just arrived in Miles City, Montana. We drove 336 miles today and it rained on us every foot of the way! We lunched at a historic bar that was built in 1907 called Montana Bar. We then went to the Water Works Museum for a free tour of local artists' work. We stayed at the KOA, which was the second KOA ever opened.

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Thursday 14 Sep 2017 14:34

We stayed at Ennis RV Village, a short distance away from downtown Ennis. We walked the downtown area as a thunderstorm approached, but finished before the rain could soak us. As I write this note at 5 pm, it is raining and 44 degrees.

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Thursday 14 Sep 2017 9:55

We stopped to make breakfast in a rest area, then discovered that there were two geocaches nearby that we had to grab. One was an earth cache pertaining to a lava formation at the rest stop, so we walked the trails through the lava formation and gathered the information we needed.

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Thursday 14 Sep 2017 8:03

Another beautiful morning sky. We hit the road at 7:30 and had an enjoyable and scenic 310 mile drive through Idaho and into Montana.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 14:42

Night number two will be at Golden Spike RV in Brigham City, Utah. Nice little spot.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 14:33

Quaint downtown area. This pic was taken outside of the local quilt store (where we left some $$).

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Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 10:58

I am sure that this will be the first of many Cracker Barrel stops. This happens to be the very first one we ever ate at, many years ago.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 9:42

Needed a little more than half a tank. Ouch.

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Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 7:05

Our sunrise this morning in Cedar City. We hit the road at 7:30, headed to Brigham City, Utah.

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Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 15:55

First stop: KOA Campground in Cedar City, Utah.

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Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 14:13

Passing through the Virgin River Gorge, just before the state of Utah.

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Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 8:00

We are off on our big adventure! We hit the road just before 8:00 am.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2017, 3 p.m.

The Great River Road

User: corderm
Dates: 12 Sep 2017 - 15 Nov 2017
Duration: 2 months

Fall trip along the Mississippi River, from its start in Minnesota to its end in New Orleans. Trip organized by Adventure Caravan Tours.

Too bad the US States quilt is too blurry. That quilt was amazing! Each state was designed on a program and then machine embroidered. And done by a non-quilter!!
It was truly impressive and huge!

OMGoodness! Some look like paintings. Impressive. Thanks for sharing!!

Beautiful quilts!

What an amazing trip! I have family in Louisiana, but never seen alligators. You’ve shown me places I need to visit.

Hope Diane is feeling better soon! 🤒🤧

The airboat looks fun!!

Cemeteries and beignets... this is my language!! 😜

What a great trip!! It’s been packed full of adventures!! Safe travels!

I love the Mississippi pics. Bri went to the Civil War museum and enjoyed it. Here’s a shout out to my peeps!! Glad you’re having a great time! So much to see in the US!!

I/we have sure been enjoying seeing all the placed you all have visited on this tour...so amazing! I am anxious to hear more about Vicksburg during our next visit...that's someplace I would like to see as well... Funny enough, Debbie and I noticed the Ornamental Metal Museum when we did a quick drive through Memphis this last summer...It caught my eye for a potential future stop. I also love that you went to the Gibson Factory (The I have played with lots of Les Paul officianados!) and Sun Records... That's another future stop for us. Such music history in that one studio...

Love the photos from your camp at Vidalia. Looks very mysterious...

Thanks for the updates and keep having fun!!! Be safe... J

I/we have sure been enjoying seeing all the placed you all have visited on this tour...so amazing! I am anxious to hear more about Vicksburg during our next visit...that's someplace I would like to see as well... Funny enough, Debbie and I noticed the Ornamental Metal Museum when we did a quick drive through Memphis this last summer...It caught my eye for a potential future stop. I also love that you went to the Gibson Factory (The I have played with lots of Les Paul officianados!) and Sun Records... That's another future stop for us. Such music history in that one studio... Thanks for the updates and keep having fun!!! Be safe... J

Tammy, we are seeing a ton of sites!! Only 7days left of the organized tour and then we are on our own. We've had a great time and have met some very nice people!

What a fun trip!! You are seeing so much!!

Paula, we found the owner of the chocolate store to be a bit high strung and annoying. We wanted to hear about candy making not her changing her name and blah, blah, blah that had nothing to do with candy. The samples we got were tasty especially the pumpkin creme. The trip has been fun!

The patch was from the 60's. Yard art isn't worth doing. 😕

Awesome Elvis wanted to be an officer. What year was the CPD patch? Adding the yard art museum my bucket list.

Thanks for sharing your journey with us, it’s spectacular. Would love to visit the chocolate factory...can’t believe you didn’t purchase one piece. 😂

You need one of... the binocular man or the no sniveling signs... 🤣😜.

💙💙

Beautiful campground! I could spend time there. Adding to my bucket list. 🛤🏕

We're enjoying all your photos and comments! How was your conversation with Mark Twain?

And I would be dangerous in a chocolate factory!!

I love Marks hairnet on his face not his head!!

Sampled several, but didn't buy any. We already have too many poisonous things in the RV!

Did you buy any chocolates??

Love your pics!!

Loving the pictures!!!! Glad you guys are having fun

We took turns getting lost.

Who led the way through the maze?

No more corn mazes ??
Did we make a wrong turn and get lost ??

If you build it they will come...

Doing and seeing lots!!
Tomorrow is a free day so we are going to check out an Apple Farm or two.
Having a great time!

Sounds like the days are packed.

What a great day!! Beautiful cathedral!

Diane, is that you hiding behind Mark???

That spider is scary!! The fall colors sure are pretty!

Mark looks too comfortable with that spider looming over his head.

Hope you are enjoying yourselves miss you guys

Beautiful!!

I love the trail in the woods! Peaceful!!

Rained half the day, but it is finally about over.

Rain passed?

Thanks for sharing! Cute selfie!

Village Dry Goods in Brigham City, UT
Cute shop!

What quilt shop is that?

Drive safe, and enjoy the beauty of each state you're in. 😁

Paula

Those mountains are beautiful