Weekly Wanderings: Springfield, Missouri


| 10/1/2008 4:47:55 PM


Tags: cheese, travel, WW,

/uploadedImages/GRT/blogs/Jenn/adj.jpgA couple of weekends ago, we made the trek to the southern Missouri town of Springfield. We left Topeka at oh-dark-thirty and got to see the sun rise over the misty hills. 

Springfield is yet another college town (I seem strangely drawn to them). There are four colleges in or near Springfield: Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, and Evangel University, totaling nearly 36 thousand students in this metro area that about 385,000 people call home.

Springfield's Web site boasts: "Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Springfield, which is Missouri's third-largest city." This statistic seems impossible, you can't reach either of the coasts with a 500-mile drive. But you can reach a startling number of the non-coastal population centers: Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock, Dallas, Omaha, Des Moines, Oklahoma City, Wichita, the list goes on (perhaps this is why Branson is so successful).

Lake TrumanIt was a beautiful time to visit the Ozarks – the trees were still green, and the water levels high. If you're interested in hunting, fishing, or just a gorgeous campsite, check out a few of the "more than 7,500 miles of shoreline along accessible lakes and floatable streams and rivers" near Springfield.

On the way home, though, was where we found our gem, nestled next to one of the gorgeous lakes in the area, Truman Lake, and right off highway 13 between Springfield and Clinton.

I freely admit to a love of tourist-destination-type places, and this one fit the bill, nicely. We stopped at Osceola Cheese Company and tasted cheese. We found them open and hoppin' on a Sunday afternoon.

Gina_1
1/15/2009 9:37:04 AM

OMG! I heart Osceola Cheese and I heart gouda! When my brother lived near Springfield, MO I always made it a point to stop by Osceola for their free samplings and stock up on my favorite cheeses. Do you have a picture of you as the Osceola mouse? Haha.


Mark T.
10/7/2008 9:43:42 PM

That is a wonderful part of the country! Sounds like it was a great weekend! Yup, cheese is one of nature's most perfect foods! There aren't too many that I wouldn't call friend... at least until after I'd nibbled them away... ;)


Mark T.
10/7/2008 9:43:06 PM

That is a wonderful part of the country! Sounds like it was a great weekend! Yup, cheese is one of nature's most perfect foods! There aren't too many that I wouldn't call friend... at least until after I'd nibbled them away... ;)





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