Ask a local what to do in Santa Fe Missouri, and the first thing they will do is correct you on your pronunciation of their little town. "Santa Fē," they will say, with a smile.
Its a balmy 15 degrees with overcast skies, and the landscape is a mix of leftover snow and brown stubbly grass - a typical winter morning in the Midwest.
Named after its Canadian cousin, Toronto Missouri was established in 1856. Today, this area is barely more than a dot on the map.
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We discover that "Marvel Cave is Awesome!" and there have been more than 2,500 wedding at Bridal Cave.
It's always an eye-opener and we learn so many new things every time we visit these little off the beaten track communities. But after visiting Caledonia, we learned a really valuable lesson: always check our pictures before saying adieu.
A billboard catches our eyes. It's instructional: "Please Drive Friendly". We wonder what sort sort of driving conditions prompted the city fathers to post such a sign. Hmmmm...
Outside of Eldon as we cross White Creek. I see a sign for Bad Donkey Tattoo Company. If I ever get a tattoo (like never), honestly, I must get it there.
I would assume Missouri Spartan women have a similar sense of equality as the men in their tiny town, but after venturing into Trojan country (as indicated by their road sign) this sleepy off-the-beaten-track community is anything but battle-ready.
The food was surprisingly good, and honestly the woman serving us is one of the friendliest individuals I have ever met. So we asked if there was anything interesting to do in Belgrade. "There was a murder in the afternoon here once," she said.