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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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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.