Travel Log: Unplanned Adventures

A flat tire last night has kept us off the road and in Springfield, MO until this afternoon. It’s always kind of a bummer when car problems keep you from your plans, but we’ve had a good time in Springfield so far.

Red Velvet
I’m a fan of Elsie Larson’s blog, A Beautiful Mess, so when I realized we were going through Springfield, I was pretty insistent that we stop at her shop. I’m so glad we did because her store was as quirky and delightful as I expected. I picked up some great khaki coveralls and a red plaid sundress that fits like a glove.

The Coffee Ethic
This cafe was a great find in downtown Springfield. We were greeted with a sleek urban decor and much appreciated air conditioning. The shop is “devoted to traditional drinks and sizes,” only offering 8 and 12 oz lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and americanos. Their tactic paid off and my americano was the best I have gotten since I left home.

Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe
From the crowd at this little diner, it seems that it may be a local favorite. Originally a drug store built in 1937, this restaurant has plenty of retro charm. We all got super tasty omelettes.

We are getting new tires put on our car right now, and should be all set to go for the last half of our journey. We’re off to Oklahoma City this afternoon. Hopefully the Southern accent that Gus has picked up down here will be put to rest once we hit the Southwest!



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