This post represents another installment in the series detailing the second of our three cross country National Parks camping trips with travel trailer in tow. At the time of this trip in 2010, our son, Ryan, was 16 and our daughter, Kyra, was 11. When I looked back, I found that the last installment had been posted nearly three months ago! I’m not sure where those three months went, but it looks like I’d better get back on the ball!
As we left Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, the rising sun was at our back and our wheels were pointed west toward Missouri. While the focus of this trip was definitely our National Parks, our itinerary included stops at places other than the Parks because our family enjoys a wide variety of travel experiences. Indoor, outdoor, educational, just for fun – you name it and we’ll consider it. My husband, Alan, and I decided a long time ago that it was important for our children to learn there was more to life than the small town in which they were growing up. Our travels throughout the years have provided opportunities for all of us to explore different regions, foods and customs in this magnificent country of ours and I can only hope that our kids’ varied experiences have served to broaden their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of life. In my heart, I sincerely hope that the two of them will remain explorers forever. The next National Park on our trip list was Gateway Arch in St. Louis, but our next destination was Branson, Missouri. Because, after all, who could pass up Branson, home to the Silver Dollar City amusement park and many notable musical and variety show venues?!