Day 4 of our Route 66 Road Trip was a fun day! Lots of antiquing, vintage motel signs, roadside attractions, and a drive-in movie theater!
It was only when we were checking out to leave the Munger Moss that I noticed the brightly colored Starlite Lanes bowling alley across the street. It’s got some major color blocking going on. I don’t know why I didn’t notice it sooner. We then started our day by doing some major antiquing in Lebanon. The little town has several large antique malls. Our first stop was Heartland Antique Mall. We then drove over to Jonesy’s Antiques. And then Historic Route 66 Antique Mall. I picked up several things including a pink glass rolling pin, some dishes, and some Christmas gifts, but I also left behind a few regrets. Can we just discuss bag worms for a quick second? As we were driving through North Carolina and Tennessee, I kept seeing something that looked like plastic bags stuck in the trees, so I asked my Mother-in-Law about them and she said they were probably bag worms. I am now obsessed. They are so gross! (If my husband reads this, he will yell at me to stop talking about bag worms.) Tell me if I’m wrong and these aren’t bag worms.We then got on the road and using my Route 66: EZ66 GUIDE we were able to spot some East-bound Meramac Caverns barn signs. Can you tell I’m obsessed with these barn billboards?And how could we NOT stop at the World’s Largest Gift Shop? I love reading the Tripadvisor reviews for it. Some people have really high expectations. I was happily surprised. Although, I am confused which is bigger, this gift shop, or the Bonanza Gift Shop in Las Vegas. Oh well, we picked up some fudge from their Candy Factory (thank god I didn’t see the chocolate covered Twinkies until after we paid) and got back on the road.We then spotted this cow who obviously thinks the grass is greener on the other side.We drove through Marshfield to see a replica of the Hubble Telescope. Edwin Hubble was a native of Marshfield. He probably hated it there.In Springfield, we stopped so I could photograph the Rest Haven Court sign. It is said that the Munger Moss‘s neon sign is a replica of this one. I think the Munger Moss’s is prettier.We then drove up the street to an original, old-style Steak N Shake for lunch. I’m not exactly sure what language “Takhomasak” is in. The burger was good, but the Mister and I don’t see what the fuss is. In N Out is better. Although I do wish In N Out would put bacon on their burgers.We then made it to Carthage to check into our room at the Boots Motel. We met Debbie D, the on-site innkeeper, and (as usual) she is a character! She told us all about the history of the Boots Motel, showed us the 3 other restored rooms, talked about the architecture, and told us about what we should do in Carthage. And sure enough, there is a radio in every room and it was on when we entered.But we couldn’t go and do any sight-seeing that night, because I was taking the Mister to the Route 66 Drive-In Movie Theater. It was his very first time at the drive-in, and he LOVED it! I was surprised that the food was still inexpensive. Hotdogs, popcorn, candy, and sodas, and it did not break the bank!
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