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

Day 5, Saturday June 13

A Day With Family On The Arkansas/Missouri Border

We spent today with our extended fam­ily. This hap­pens every two years with this branch of the fam­ily, and as usual, it was a good time. Lots of food, con­ver­sa­tion, and river play along the Current River. The kids pretty much spent the day in the river, as usual. The grownups kept an eye on the kids and vis­ited with each other. We caught up on what cousins were up to, met new addi­tions to the fam­ily, and gen­er­ally had an enjoy­able day.

Day 6, Sunday June 14

The Trip Home: Back To Illinois

Well, it was a fast week, full of adven­ture, and today we got to take the last leg home. Having done it many times before, we knew it was around ten hours, so we headed out by 9am, as usual. We always say ear­lier, but it’s hard to man­age. This part of the jour­ney is gen­er­ally unevent­ful. We were all tired and ready to sleep in our own beds again and nor­mally we decide to make a min­i­mum amount of stops. 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?”

The Man of Steel in Superman's Hometown, Metropolis, Illinois

The Man of Steel in Superman’s Hometown, Metropolis, Illinois

I expected a quiet town on a Sunday. I envi­sioned a fast group photo with Superman before get­ting back on the road. Little did we know that we would also meet Batman, Iron Man, Super Girl, the Joker, and many more super heroes! We had no idea that this was the week­end of the Superman Convention in Metropolis Illinois. Wow! We had unknow­ingly walked into an out­door car­ni­val, com­plete with con­tests for super­heroes, vil­lains and mon­sters. We wan­dered the town for an hour thor­oughly enjoy­ing our­selves. As the kids exclaimed, “It’s like Wizard World (a Chicago area comic book con­ven­tion we go to every year), for Superman!” And yes, indeed, it was. We all agreed that Mr. Freeze was the best cos­tume. If you’re are out there Mr. Freeze, we voted for you! It made for a fun side trip on a gen­er­ally unex­cit­ing part of our vacation.

A fun whirl­wind adven­ture. Four states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky. One more state to mark off our map as vis­ited and explored. One more expe­ri­ence to mark off our list of things to try! One more adven­ture to add to our mem­o­ries.

Related posts:

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  3. Hot Springs: Arkansas Diamond Mining Day Four
  4. Sifting for Treasure: Arkansas Diamond Mining Day Two
  5. Fort Massac and the Superhero of Metropolis

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