Missouri was filled with strip malls, road kill, guns, nature, and irony. It was sunny every day and all the trees were orange, yellow, and red, a beauty which was offset by the smell of the pig slaughterhouses near by. I saw cows, deer, buffalo, geese, and I got to hold a frog. Everyone had lots of cats and babies. We drove over train tracks through swampy trailer parks and we drove through gorgeous neighborhoods scattered with fallen leaves and enormous old brick houses. I found a chocolate fudge flavored condom dispenser in a bathroom. I got yelled at for trying to photograph an abandoned insane asylum. We bought lots of 25 cent 45's and a VHS featuring a killer poodle. Every time we entered a quiet parking lot, we found soiled underwear on the ground. I spent $40 on glittery things at Walmart and nobody looked us in the eye.
I liked visiting Missouri and I had a lot of fun exploring it. Stay tuned for a few special Missouri adventure posts!