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The Great Plains

The path less taken
The path less taken

What a contrast a few hours in the car makes. Today we were in the Allegheny Mountains and by evening's end we're in the flatlands... the Great Plains as we were taught in grade school geography.  A lot of farmland surrounded us. A lot! And old farms at that. Red barns and seemingly miles of tilled soil. Cows. Horses. And of course Amish and their horse drawn black buggies. We suspect they are the best at farming and tending to the land.

It was a warm windy day. There were several places where we drove through a cloud of brown; topsoil being blown from the roadside fields. I couldn't help but think of the "Grapes of Wrath" and the dust bowl days.

Tonight we pulled into Elkhart, Indiana. After checking in, we drove the short way into town to the Tubby Trout, an obvious local favorite. It was packed. Crab cakes for me. Salmon for Lee.

I think our favorite geocache today was the last one in a secluded park. Hilly for this part of the country. Thick forest. A shelter for picnics. As we returned to the car, a young couple and three dogs were headed to a nearby field to play fetch. It was funny to see the older of the three dogs walking with the ball in his mouth, waiting for the command to play. 

For more family fun geocaching adventure check out the RiverWalk GeoTour in Columbus GA 

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