Missouri or Misery? Everyone that I know that has been through or lived in Missouri uses this joke and says Missouri as misery. So, what is Missouri known for….well I don’t really know what it has that people would remember it for…does St. Louis count? Although, people like to say St. Louis is in Illinois…I guess technically part of it is. Now I’ve confused myself. Let’s just move on. I’ve actually only been to Missouri twice. Once because a friend was playing a show there (another 1 of our friends went to college there) and once for a “family” vacation.
A couple summers ago I went on a mini road trip with my “dad” and my brother. (Quotation marks are used because we do not talk anymore) We went to Akers Canoe Rental….at least I’m pretty sure that’s where we went. I tried to look it up and that looked like the place. We showed up the first day without a reservation and went on a short 5 mile trip in a canoe and inner-tube. (My “dad” had the inner-tube) After the short trip we went and stayed in one of their cabins.
The cabin was pretty decent or at least better than the one in Indiana. There was a bunk bed in the main room, a small kitchen, full bathroom, a master bedroom, and then a loft with a bed. It could have been cleaner but, it wasn’t to bad. It was definitely nice to come back after the second day and lay down in air conditioning.
The second day we went on an extremely long trip but, it was well worth it. We saw natural springs that were freezing cold, caves you could canoe into, crazy old houses covered in graffiti, and great rock formations. This is the best place that I’ve been canoeing at and would recommend going to current river over everywhere else I’ve been canoeing. The water is extremely clear, it gets deep enough in areas you can swim, and you have the option of renting canoes for days at a time and going on a week long canoe trip.
I was extremely sore after the trip because we had paddled so hard and fast to make it there on time. I also dropped my i-Phone in the water although I managed to save it from complete destruction. After we rested up that night we started to head back to Illinois and then changed our minds. We ended up stopping to go ziplining, seeing Meremac Caverns, and going to Six Flags.
I had never been ziplining before and was looking forward to it. We had to wait so while waiting we went and saw Meremac Caverns. It was pretty neat although there was a lot of people and I’m not a fan of that. They walk you through and turn off lights occasionally, some of the stalagmites have lights on them, and they play the Star Spangled Banner in a cave that has theater seats. They have a light show that goes along with it.
After seeing the cave we had just enough time to make it to the ziplines. I looked ridiculous in the hat and weird contraption they hook you up to, my little brother freaked out and almost didn’t go, and I was a little worried about the height. I ended up going second and actually did perfectly fine. When I made it to the other side the person asked if I had done it before. You zipline from one platform to the next and walk across some sketchy bridges that are up in the air to get to the next one. Although fun it isn’t much of an adrenaline rush and it ends way to fast.
The last thing we did in Missouri was to go to Six Flags. I guess you could say it’s in Illinois but, whatever just go with it. My little brother was scared of almost every ride but he ended up going on them still. We did the Dragon Fly. The Dragon Fly is this crazy contraption that you lay down into and get pulled up 150 feet or 15 stories into the air. Once you are at the top you have to pull the release on your own. My little brother didn’t even make it past the part where the floor drops out from under you so they can pull you up while you stare at the ground. He cried and they let him out of it and I did it by myself. Definitely a lot of adrenaline doing this and one of the first times that I’ve ever done something like this considering I didn’t go on my first roller coaster until I was 18. It was really fun and exciting although it was expensive and there’s no refund if you don’t go.
I also went to Kirksville, Missouri with my friend Blake and my boyfriend at the time. They played in a band together and our friend who was living in Kirksville wanted them to come and play a show. We ended up driving there in 2 cars because of all the equipment and we brought Blake’s dog. My car broke down about 2 hours away and we ended up loading everything into Blake’s tiny car and riding 3 deep in the front the rest of the way there.
The guys played and I handed out cassette tapes we had made of them. There wasn’t a lot of people there because they didn’t know us and left after the band they knew but that was ok. We ended up packing up and then going to a party at some random persons house. It took forever to get there walking but it was worth it we had a good time.
All in all I had a really good time and would recommend every place that we went to. I actually just went on a three day road trip to Missouri so another post will be coming soon all about that.
Have you ever been to Missouri, Ziplining, or done something like the dragon fly? Tell me about it in the comments below.