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6/29/2015 Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux pronounce "Sue". The name of town and name of waterfalls are the same that confuse sometimes. There are many waterfalls, mainly small ones to good size ones. The water color is dark brown because of rain not long ago. It is located inside the city limit, nice place to have a picnic.
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6/28/2015 Lewis and Clark Lake, SD - The lake is an impoundment on the Missouri River above the Gavings Point Dam. It is located by the border of NE and SD. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and go through 10 US states and 2 Canadian provinces.
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6/27/2015 Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE - This is the largest art museum in Omaha. I was interesting to see the Chihuly's glass art work that displayed in this museum. His glass art work is combination of the small pieses together with vibrant colors that very attractive and result is very large in size and beautiful.
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5/27/2015 Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, NE - There are many airplanes and rockets display here, where rockets are display at outside. Each one has own name, SR-71 black was main attraction of this museum and displayed by inside the entrance, see 4th row two leftmost photos.
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6/26/2015 Louisville State Recreation Area, Nebraska - There are few lakes in this park, water level is pretty high, a means some of decks are under the water. Camping is very popular activity in this area, campgrounds are almost full, where near by couple SP campgrounds are full.
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6/26/2015 State Capitol of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE - We can see tall skinny tower middle of the busy downtown that the NE state capitol. First floor was not impressed at all, but second floor that main floor was impressed by many mosaic art displayed on the walls, floors and ceilings.
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6/26/2015 Big Lake State Park, Missouri - This SP is close to Nebraska and Kansas states. There are few small islands in this lake. There are many houses otherside of the lake shore. It is the largest oxbow lake in Missouri that a catalog said. Lewis and Clark were here in 1804.
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6/25/2015 Pony Express National Museum, St Joseph, Missouri - "This is where it all began..." The Pony Express was started from St Joseph, Missouri, to Sacrament, California on 4/3/1860. It was about 2,000 miles route and last only 18 months.
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6/25/2015 Walter Cronkite Memorial, St Joseph, Missouri - "That's the way it is." "He was most trusted man in America." It is located in the Missouri Western State University, I thought he had graduated this University, but not, he was born in town of St Joseph, so that his memorial made in this campus. BTW he was attended Texas University.
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6/25/2015 Locust Creek Covered Bridge, Missouri - It is located a questionable place, not on the river, just muddy empty creek bed. It is longest Missouri's four serviving covered bridges, built in 1868 first America's Transcontinental Road. But now a day only tourists visit this bridge.
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6/24/2015 Pershing State Park, Missouri - This park was Commanding General John Pershing, WWI, childhood playground, where he was born not far from the park. The Boadwalk is closed because too much rain recently, which means not much to see or do in this park.
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6/24/2015 Bridal Cave, Camdenton, Missouri - It is beautiful cave and "Wow" never stop. It's a popular place to marriage that I heared. Inside the cave, there are two visible underground lakes, one is wish pond, people throw the money, that going to the charity at end of year. Another lake is way down and not reachable but beautiful blue water.
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6/23/2015 Ripley's Believe It or Not, Missouri - There are all kind believe it or not items displayed in the store. Some of are hard to believe it but most of are I do believe it. Around this store area is very similar to this store, a means weired/fun stores line up on the street.
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6/23/2015 Walmart Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas - It is the original Walmart store that convert into the museum now. It is an American dream success story to became one of the largest retail store. We should not forget that destroyed many mama-papa stores behind this success story, which ruin the American dreams.
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6/23/2015 Eureka Springs, Arkansas - The Great Passion Play that just like statue of the Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, different is about 30ft shorter. The old historic loop is narrow and hill side loop, there are residential areas and shopping distirct. The springs use to 62 but 25 now, and continue to decreasing that I leaned.
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6/22/2015 Cosmic Cavern, Berryville, Arkansas - It is active cavern and still growing. There are two underground lakes in the cavern. This is mediocre quality cavern and does not have "Wow" factor.
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6/18/2015 Table Rock State Park, Missouri - The marina is impressive, there are more than a dozen of the boat decks with full of boats in it. Showboat that the adjacent to the state park, its the large steamboat that offers shows and dinner dring crusing and very popular place.
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6/17/2015 Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas - This park has a swimming beach at the lake to faimlies to enjoy with a swimming gard present, and 10 miles of the bike trail called Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail. Addition to three more hiking trails.
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6/17/2015 Arkansas Post National Memorial, AR - Post means the trading post, it was busy trading post between Native Indian and French people. However changed over the time that French, Spanish and England involved wars. Currently nothing left of the fort by river course changed, they made small part of the replica of the fort/post fence.
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6/16/2015 Lake Chicot State Park, MS - The Lake Chicot was use to be a part of the Mississippi River, currently it is the lake and totally separated from the river. Many Cypress trees are standing by the shore side of the lake.
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6/16/2015 Greenville, MS - Mississippi River is west side of the town and huge levee is protecting the town. The Toropicana Casino is located between the Mississippi River and west side of the levee, a means it is located at the scary place, when the river over flow.
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6/15/2015 Leroy Percy State Park, MS - I drove highway close to the Mississippi River, so that I can enjoy the river view, I was wrong, no such thing the river view, there are levee all over and even I drove up to the levee but no river view. This is a small SP but I saw many people enjoy to stay in the cabins by the lake.
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6/14/2015 Lake Bruin State Park, LA - Cypress trees are amaizingly growig in the water, some of are growing in 10 ft deep water. In this park, there is a swimming beach by the lake and providing the fishing piers and water play ground. It is a small park compare to other state parks.
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6/14/2015 Vicksburg MS - Old downtown of Vickburg is located at the top of the cliff, a means bottom of the buildings are 5 or 6 floor below the main street. The mural of the floodwall that beautiful painted walls, each painting is more than 20 ft wide.
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6/14/2015 First Baptist Church, Jackson MS - It is located next to the State Capitol of Mississippi and popular church by many people are attending. I asked to take photos inside, and security person said "yes" right away. Inside is very beautiful and comfortable setting like a music hall, not over powered like other churches.
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6/14/2015 State Capitol of Mississippi, Jackson MS - Currently remodeling the building that was dissapointed to see it, and no tour inside at early sunday morning. But I enjoied walking around the capitol building to see the one of the 53 replicas of the original Liberty BellL and other statues.
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6/13/2015 Roosevelt State Park, Morton, Mississippi - It is special to located the 600 seats Livingston Performing Arts and Media Center in the park. It was closed when I was there, open only event days. Pool and water slide are in the park to family to enjoy. There are tall trees all over, some times can't find which is the north, south, west or east.
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6/13/2015 Alamuchee Covered Bridge, Alabama - It is located in the campus of the University of West Alabama and cover the Duck Pond. Built in 1861 and 88 ft long bridge is one of the oldest covered bridge in Alabama and moved from the original place to current place.
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6/12/2015 Battleship Alabama, AL - It is a beautiful and large battleship, 680 ft in lenght and use to carry 2,500 men aboard. In this park, there are more than the Battleship Alabama, many aircrafts, tanks and submarine are displayed. The Submarine USS Drum is 322 ft long and carry 72 crews.
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6/11/2015 Gulf State Park, AL - It is located by the lake but they have beach of Gulf of Mexico access too. The campgroud is large in size, about 500 camp sites, all those are full even weedkay. This park is popular because has pools, water park, lake and Gulf beach access.
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6/11/2015 Orange Beach, AL - The Orange Beach is not orange color at all, it is white sand beach. I heared that people like this beach because it has waves. The wave is not large like california but enjoiable, where many other beaches in the Gulf of Mexico do not have waves. Coastal line is occupied by high raised buildings.
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6/11/2015 Mobile Bay Ferry, AL - This is the Alabama ferry that connected with the Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan, about half hour ride. Ferry can carry only 23 cars and not too big. The ferry does go even rain but not over 25 mph wind that I heared. I missed that both sides have fort, I should to stop by, may be next time.
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6/11/2015 Gulf Islands National Seashore, MS - There are signs for watch alligator, but I never see it. The water of the Gulf of Mexico is very calm/quiet, no waves at all. There are few trails in this park, but weeds, bushes and trees are grow too good, a means scare to hike on the trail.
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6/10/2015 Highway 90, MS - It is gulf coastal scenic road that south side of the Mississippi state. It is beautiful scene of the Gulf of Mexico from the road. The white sand beach is miles long but I didn't see many people enjoy there. I saw the light-house couple times, those are far from the coastal, seems to coastal line changes in time.
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6/10/2015 Infinity Science Center, MS - It is small in size museum located near the highway and visitor center. It is a nice place for families with small kids. They offer the bus tour to see the testing site for space shattles. All space shattles must test in this place befor actually lanched. We saw it but from far distance.
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6/9/2015 Bayou Segnette State Park, LA - This is the closest state park to the New Orleans tourist district. Many campers are campout in this park to visit the New Orleans. One visible tall long fence is the flood control system and pump-up the water to control the flood.
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6/8-9/2015 New Orleans, LA - Hop-on & off double decker bus ride to tour the city such as the center business district, garden district and French Quarter. Main attraction was the Jackson Square and French Market. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is a performance site, enjoy the live piano jazz. Rain started that stop me to more explore the city.
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6/7/2015 Grand Isle SP, LA - This state park is located very southern Louisiana and on the samll island surronding by the Gulf of Mexico. I ate 3 lb of the Crowfish that a lot, but a local said I can, so I did, it was fun to eat using both hands. One local told me, when major storm comes, they are run out the island - repeat every major storms, what's a life there.
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6/6/2015 Palmetto Island State Park, LA - Water park is very popular for families to enjoy splashing water. The Vermillion river is full of capacity, because heavy rain was not long ago. The campground was full of campers to enjoy outdoors.
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6/6/2015 Lafayette, LA - When I was there, it was very quiet because most stores closed on the weekends. The antique car show was goig on, I saw some beautiful old cars. I walked around to take some photos of this town.
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6/6/2015 Coastal Route, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana - I drove highway #27, #82 and even went small town on the map called Intra Coastal City. The houses are very high rise that the way to prepare for the flooding, some times up to 20 ft of water they get for major storm that I heard.
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6/4/2015 Lake Livingston, TX - It is large man-made reservoir and bird lover's heaven. There are so many birds here and there, I wish I can name those but I can't. The man-made dam is releasing lot of water, I guess they have a lot of rain last few days/weeks. One of the bird club members show me how to feed bird, I was follow them to see how to do it.
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6/3/2015 Double Lake Recreation Area, Sam Houston National Forest, TX - This place has a small lake, when I was there. The lake will divided to two lakes when water level is low that campground host said. Hike, bike ride and fishing are the main attraction of this park.
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6/2/2015 Goliad State Park, TX - CCC built a church from the remining ruin in this SP, the purpose of the church was to Christianizing native Indians by Spanish priests. Zaragoza team won against the French Army on May 5, 1862 - The town of Goliad is the Cinco de Mayo official site, where Zarogoza was born this town.
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6/2/2015 Corpus Christi, TX - It is busy seaside town. The free ferry was only 3 minutes ride, I wish much longer ride. There are many nice bridges, but no way to stop to take photos. I saw many grayish pelicans and sea birds.
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6/2/2015 Padre Island National Seashore, TX - It is facing with Gulf of Mexico and narrow long 70 miles island, most of 4x4 to drive through. They protect endangered sea turtles. I saw many grasslands and sand dunes. It was nice place to enjoy the waves but it was hot.
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6/1/2015 Lake Corpus Christi State Park, TX - The campground is large in size and include the rental cabins. Ccc built a pavilion, from the tower, very nice over the lake view. Currently too many bird nests in the pavilion.
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