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Bucket List Dreams- Top of the Rock and Lost Canyon

 Top of The Rock

Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail

Greetings from The Show Me State! Missouri is filled with many outdoor activities for you to enjoy, whether it’s attending a world-class show, or immersing yourself in nature. My journey took me through two very beautiful mountain regions the Ouachita’s and the Ozark’s!

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Branson is perfect for a mini vacation or weekend getaway. Top of the Rock is a recreational resort destination offering lodging, golfing, nature trails, dining and shopping. There is also a museum and gift shop on site.

Big Cedar Lodge offers guests luxurious rustic log cabins, lodges and cottages. The stunning resort is situated with views of the Ozark’s and Table Rock Lake. You can stay lake-side, or even mountainside for woodsy views.

Top of the Rock Golf Course is a premier golfing destination. At top of the Rock you can get your practice in, schedule lessons, or just have a quiet morning stroll among the relaxing and inspiring scenery.

Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail allow guests to take a leisurely ride through the immaculate nature park. The Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail showcases the best vistas, scenic landscapes and panoramic views of The Great Outdoors.

Other points of interest: Chapel of the Ozark’s, Jack’s Civil War Cabin, Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum and the Golf Pro Shop, and The Amish bridge.

The Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail was the highlight of my Missouri trip! We paid the 10 dollar entrance fee and drove up to the Top of The Rock. You get the ten dollars back to either put towards food, amusements or the cost of the tour tickets (which we did.) We checked in and signed some waivers and paid the 25 dollar fee per person for the golf cart self-guided tour. There is a multitude of man-made and natural formations to observe and explore.

I spent the day exploring the beautiful Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail!

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We started off and saw waterfalls and rock formations, and then made our way to the four-story cave. The cave was so beautiful with a waterfall overhead, and when we came around the bend I saw the Bat Bar. The cave tour was a great experience and definitely a lot of fun. The views inside the cave were spectacular!

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We continued our way and stopped off many times to take in the gorgeous views from up at the top. You can see many beautiful cascading waterfalls, stacked table rock formations, and wildlife. Top of The Rock sits high atop a bluff and you can see Ozark’s and Table Rock Lake. This place is a photographers dream. Everything we witnessed was so mesmerizing.

 

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I love the unexpected discovery of being completely enchanted with the discovery of a new place. At Top of the Rock you will take in the scenic vistas of Ozark’s. The cave offers mystery and intrigue to curious minds. The gorges and canyons are bold and daring. The mountain views, rolling hills and towering waterfalls are awe-inspiring.

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The Lost Canyon affords visitors with unparalleled views of the Ozark mountains and Table Rock Lake. I am eternally grateful for getting to witness the beauty and greatness of The Lost Canyon!

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water. ” -Roman Payne

 

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Bucket List Dreams – Little Colorado River Gorge

Litte Colorado River Gorge Overlook

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The Little Colorado River Gorge is a beautiful scenic outlook in the Navajo Nation. We began our drive passing the enticing Navajo Tacos, and abundant Native American souvenir shops just taking in all of the sights and local culture. All of the landscapes are tremendous and aesthetically pleasing on this stretch. You can really appreciate natures candy to the fullest.

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Along the way you may see many wonders including The Grand Canyon, The Painted Desert, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Volcano National Crater and The Petrified Forest. I am ecstatic that my bucket list dreams brought me to explore both The Little Colorado River Gorge and the Grand Canyon.

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The Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park offers mighty views of the sandstone and limestone gorge and canyons. The Little Colorado River Gorge is alluring and marvelous. I was instantly drawn to the serene and natural beauty of the grand rock formations and also its massive, steep and jagged canyon. The rocky ravine was captivating as it was unnerving. The vistas and cliffs offer captivating viewpoints.

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We stopped at The Little Colorado River Gorge to explore the area on our way to The Grand Canyon, South Rim. They have many artisans and vendors from the Navajo Native American tribe selling handmade jewelry, pottery and decor at the Cameron Trading Post.

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We walked down to the canyon and witnessed some of the most massive and incredible landscapes you could imagine. I couldn’t quite fathom just how beautiful and inspiring the panoramic terrains were.  You will see several posted signs to watch for desert snakes and scorpions as you make your way throughout the gorge.

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The Little Colorado River Gorge offers multiple vantage points and offers information about the Navajo Nation and Little Colorado River. The colorful desertscapes and ravine  are worth being on everyone’s bucketlist. Happy travels!

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And my bucketlist dreams just keep coming true!

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With All My Love,

The Vintage Gypsy

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”– Rumi

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Bucket List Dreams- The Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 and is one of the greatest man-made engineering marvels of all time. The Hoover Dam is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River and created Lake Mead. It is the worlds largest power plant, and it is so massive it lies on the Nevada/Arizona line which is two states and two different time zones! It’s also said that one hundred workers perished during construction of the dam.

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The Hoover Dam is another one of those bucket-list destinations you must-see, must-visit. We waited in huge traffic congestion for about an hour and a half plus, just to get into the entrance of The Hoover Dam. We had to go through a check-point where the guards asked us if we were American or Mexican. Afterward, they checked the trunk and car out, and we were on our way.

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Our first stop was the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This was our very first views of The Hoover Dam. I’d definitely recommend everyone stop at the Hoover Dam bridge and walk the walkway first because the pictures from this side are monumental! I am afraid of heights, but I braved walking the bypass bridge that overlooks the extraordinary Hoover Dam. The views from here were some of my favorite and most memorable aspects of the dam.

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We drove over the Nevada state line unto the Arizona state line and parked. Parking is free if you park in Arizona (which is right over the border of Nevada.) We didn’t do the tour of the power plant, but we spent the entire time walking the dam and seeing all of the different views. We went at the end of December, and it was freezing. Anytime you’re by such a large body of water like that it gets pretty cold.

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I loved the two big clock towers on the border of each state. It doesn’t even take but half a minute to hop, skip and jump from one state to the next. One clock tower is in Arizona, and the other clock tower is in Nevada. It was so neat to be in two different states, and with two different time zones, and at the exact same time!

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The Hoover Dam is truly an extraordinary architectural wonder! We also were there for dusk, and we got to watch the most glorious sunset over The Hoover Dam at both Nevada and Arizona!

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Bucket list dreams and Travel adventures!

 

With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” –T.S. Eliot