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Autumn Leaves in the Ozarks
 
 
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The last time Ilaria and I went to check out the Autumn Leaves was in Boston -- just before I sold my car.
 
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Now with our Scion XD,
 
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we hit the road
 
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to see the Autumn Leaves in the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas.
 
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Ilaria designed our first day of driving around a series of mills.
 
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We stopped at the first mill
 
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to eat some lunch.
 
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It was
 
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nice
 
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The mill was "under repair". But it appeared more like they were rebuilding the thing from scratch.
 
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It was still a nice place
 
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to see the leaves.
 
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A few miles later
 
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another mill.
 
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Hodgson Water Mill
 
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is picturesque enough, that they make puzzles out of pictures of it.
 
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We took
 
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a short walk
 
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along the stream
 
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that flowed after the mill.
 
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Then we drove on to
 
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our third mill.

Back in the old days, the towns would form around these mills just like towns formed around the mines in Montana.
 
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At this mill
 
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they even had a
 
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real gas pump.
 
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Pulling a lever back-and-forth to put gas in your car is really pumping your gas.
 
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Our car
 
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and the developing one
 
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liked Zanoni Mill.
 
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Nicest trees of the trip.
 
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Next we stopped at Rockbridge Mill
 
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built back in 1868 and rebuilt back in 1888.
 
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There were some men
 
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fly-fishing in the stream behind the mill.
 
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They caught fish as soon as the threw their line in the water.
 
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Both of them had pretty good collections going.
 
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Next to the mill was what was supposed to be a great restaurant, but it was too early for dinner and Ilaria wanted to see more things before dark.
 
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Our last mill of the day was middle-of-nowhere, on-a-dirt-road, for-sale Hammond Mill.
 
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We drove down to
 
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Mountain Home, Arkansas and ate dinner at Fred's Fish House on Lake Norfork. It was good, southern-priced (i.e. cheap) food, but it was too dark to see the lake.
 
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So we went back the next day to
 
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snap a few
 
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photos. Including Ilaria's artistic close-up series.
 
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Then we headed to the last stop of our trip,
 
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Mammoth Spring.
 
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Where we found
 
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a dam that used to power
 
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a Westinghouse generator.
 
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We arrived home early that evening after our short 672 mile weekend trip through the autumn leaves.