Thursday, May 9, 2013

Metropolis, IL

Settled in for the night at Harrah’s Casino parking lot here in Metropolis. 


The casino is situated on the Ohio River.  This is actually a train bridge that goes right by the parking lot.



The natives - Metropolitans? - have convinced themselves that Superman lives here. 


Statue a few blocks away.  Web photo.


Has anyone else noticed that Superman’s has the same hairdo as Shoney’s Big Boy?    


My personal hero.
Anyway, it’s 4:30 and I’m glad to be stationary so early in the day for a change.  I’d planned to delve into a nice challenging crossword.  But I had forgotten, until my alarm rang just now, that I have a faculty conference call at 6PM.   Hah – my second faculty meeting in a year-and-a-half and it’s still too much!   

So back to the day's beginning.  I'm happy to report that I had an undisturbed hassle-free sleep last night at the hospital.  After breakfast I headed for Fort Donelson and got there by late morning.  Driving I-24 through Nashville was a bit dodgy.  I figure after about St. Joseph, MO, I’ll be off the interstates for a while. 
Fort Donelson, site of a Civil War Battle, is yet one more (now) peaceful piece of ground.  Still and sad.  
 
Confederate Soldier

Over a century after the battle, the happy ending is that eagles nest there now. 
I did not realize until looking at the map today that there is a scenic drive through the Land Between The Lakes.  The Trace is a 40-mile 2-lane roadway that has its picturesque moments.   



The drive was full of surprises - like a bison viewing area.  I waited patiently …. but they didn’t show, which gives me concern about the GDB’s proficiency as a buffalo magnet. 

Thanks to dumb luck (i.e. no prior planning), The Trace’s Golden Pond Visitors Center has a planetarium!  And a showing scheduled for 10 minutes after I got there!  I couldn’t have planned it better. 

Web photo.
 
We saw 2 programs and it was a great experience, as planetariums always are.  Not bad for a $5 cover fee.   

Lunch at the Visitors Center

The best part of casino camping?  THE BREAKFAST BUFFETT.  Traveling makes me ravenous.  Why is that?   
On to St. Louis tomorrow. 

4 comments:

  1. I always like to eat when I travel too. But with the Alfa we are happy to have lunch in.

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  2. Don't you just love those buffets? I like that photo of the road, I always try to get good road shots if it's long or windy or unusual, and this one's a winner. :)

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  3. Maybe because we are not snacking while driving so we are actually hungry when mealtime comes?

    Glad you discovered the scenic route in time to take it.

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  4. Or is that a Frisch's Big Boy? When in St. Louis you might try some toasted ravoli or Ted Drewes Frozen custard.

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