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Seeking Out Missouri’s Wild Orchids

You hear the word orchid, what comes to mind? Beautiful flow­ers­from warm, trop­i­cal islands? A plant grown in a hot­house, to be used as a cor­sage? Springtime in Missouri? Yes, Missouri. All three of those thoughts are cor­rect, but let’s not stop there. How about vanilla ice cream? The vanilla bean, used as a fla­vor­ing in many of your favorite foods, is the fruit from an orchid plant; rum is often fla­vored by the pods of another orchid species; and the tuber­ous roots of many orchids are edi­ble (they taste like potatoes).

Superman’s Hometown: Arkansas Diamond Mining Day Five and Six

Today we decided to mix it up a bit, and take a small detour. “Let’s visit Metropolis, home of Superman,” I sug­gested. Everyone said “OK, why not?”

Ohio’s Ozone Zipline Adventures Announces Major Expansion With Longer Zip Lines

Ozone Zipline Adventures is the largest zip line canopy tour in the Midwest and it’s get­ting big­ger. Ozone is adding two new 1,500-foot-long lines which will be 200 feet above the Little Miami River and will con­nect Ozone to Fort Ancient near the North Watch.

A Day In The Quartz Fields: Arkansas Diamond Mining Day Three

On Day Three we left our cab­ins on the Caddo River for a day trip to nearby Wegner’s Quartz Mine in Mount Ida, Arkansas. What we didn’t find in dia­monds yes­ter­day, we fig­ured we’d make up for in quartz today. We were right, and then some!

The Ghost Town of Cairo: Arkansas Diamond Mining, Day One

Using the occa­sion of a fam­ily reunion as an excuse, we decided to plan a fam­ily vaca­tion with cen­tral Arkansas’ dia­mond and quartz mines as our focus. Our trip would include a stay at some rus­tic cab­ins along the Caddo River and a trip to his­toric Hot Springs, Arkansas.