This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of July 13, 2015-July 19, 2015

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July 13-17: National Speleological Society 2015 Convention

National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Waynesville, Missouri.

National Speleological Society Convention will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Waynesville, Missouri.

July 14: Carthage Skate Team

July 14- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 5-8 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

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July 14- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 5-7 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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July 14- Frisco Depot Museum
What: A unique look into the railroading history & culture of the region
Where: 10th Street, Crocker
When: 6-8 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Crocker City Hall (Mayor James Morgan)- 573.736.5327

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July 14- BYOL Headlamp Tours 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 7-9 pm
Cost: $2 donation
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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July 16- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 5-8 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

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July 16- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 5-8 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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July 16- Frisco Depot Museum
What: A unique look into the railroading history & culture of the region
Where: 10th Street, Crocker
When: 6-8 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Crocker City Hall (Mayor James Morgan)- 573.736.5327

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July 17- PCSW Farmers Market at Fort Leonard Wood
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: MWR Rec Plex, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 4:30-8:30 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Samantha Kramer (Market Manager)- 573.765.2500

July 18- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmer's Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

Pulaski County Farmer’s Market is held year round in downtown Waynesville!

July 18- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

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July 18- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

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Your Invitation To NSS 2015 Convention!

2015 National Speleological Convention Logo revisedGreetings! The staff of 2015 NSS Convention invites you and your family to The Cave State for an action packed week of daily symposia, guided cave trips, vendors, and major events each evening. Conventions are a great way to learn about caves in other regions, share new techniques, meet old friends, and make new ones. We are thrilled to present “The Hitchhikers Guide To Missouri Caving” to the 74th annual gathering of National Speleological Society members. Waynesville is the heart of cave country in Missouri and is centrally located in the ageless Ozark Mountains with rugged scenic beauty as far as the eye can see. Over 200 caves will be offered during #NSS2015 including Carroll Cave, Skaggs Cave, world renowned diving cave Roubidoux Spring, caves that once housed onyx mining operations, caves with spectacular speleothems, caves rich with legend and lore of bushwhackers and moonshiners, caves for the family and JSS members, caves that you can canoe or kayak to, and of course caves with Pulaski County mud! Pit caves will be available at Post Convention in Southeast Missouri at Perryville. missouricaveConvention Central will be located at Waynesville High School (200 GW Lane)- a state of the art, multimillion dollar facility. This facility is spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned and has Wi-Fi! Campground will be at Pulaski County-Ft. Leonard Wood Shrine Club (26920 Shrines Road), only ten minutes away from Convention Central. Surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, the campground is 88 acres with plenty of shaded camping areas. Moderate sized campfires are permitted. Shower houses are available on site. Wi-Fi is available at the main Clubhouse. Nearby Saint Robert has many lodging choices for those who decide not to camp. Activities abound for those who would like to explore above ground. Our staff has teamed up with the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum, the Old Stagecoach Stop, Crocker’s Frisco Depot, and Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House to offer mid-week evening activities for you and your family. Additionally, you can trout fish in the Roubidoux, road trip on Route 66, discover the Frisco line, antique in charming railroad boom towns, honor those who marched on the Trail of Tears, follow in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers, “blaze” a trail in the National Forest, kayak the winding Gasconade River, or drift down the Big Piney in a raft. Kayaking Near Fort Leonard Wood, MissouriNo matter how you customize your 2015 NSS Convention experience you will be telling tales of your adventures at #NSS2015 for many years to come! Onsite registration opens at Noon July 11th! Don’t forget your towel! Joe & Kris Nicolussi, Co-Chairs & the 2015 NSS Convention Staff NSS 2015 Convention Sponsors

Ten Reasons To Attend 2015 NSS Convention In Waynesville, Missouri!

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1. NSS Convention 2015 is centrally located in the Mississippi Valley-Ozark Region (MVOR). Whether you normally cave in ARA, MAR, NRO, NCA, SERA, SWR, TSA, VAR, Western Region, or the Rocky Mountain Region- #NSS2015 is within reach! Convention Central and Campground are both easily accessed via Interstate 44!

#NSS2015 Convention Hall and Campground are both easily accessed via Interstate 44!

#NSS2015 Convention Hall and Campground are both easily accessed via Interstate 44!

2. #MuddyCaveMonday! And Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday! With 200 caves offered during Convention, most oozing with Pulaski County mud, you will have plenty of photo ops to submit to National Speleological Society (@Nsscaves) for the Muddy Cave Monday feature!

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3. Affordability! From the gas pump, to lodging, to a night on the town- your dollar will have more bang for the buck in Pulaski County! Stretch it even further by asking for your free discount card at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau booth at Convention Central. This is your passport to savings in town.

4. Campfires are welcome at Campground. Bring S’more fixings!

Campfires are allowed at 2015 National Speleological Society Convention in Waynesville, MO.!

Campfires are allowed at 2015 National Speleological Society Convention in Waynesville, MO.!

5. Two of the best BBQ towns in the United States are in Missouri- St. Louis and Kansas City. Missouri’s BBQ isn’t confined to the big cities though. You will find lip smacking barbecue all across in the state- and at Campground and restaurants in Waynesville.

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

6. Concierge decontamination service will be offered at Campground. More time for you to relax and catch up with fellow cavers!

7. Fishing! You can fish several Red & White Ribbon trout areas of the Roubidoux River, even in the heart of Downtown Waynesville. Bennett Spring and Montauk trout parks are also an easy drive from Waynesville. The Gasconade & Big Piney Rivers are well known for smallmouth bass fishing.

Rainbow trout caught at Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park. Courtesy of Alan Clark.

Rainbow trout caught at Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park. Courtesy of Alan Clark.

8. You can explore Route 66, tour the 1903 Courthouse Museum by head lamp, visit an Old Stagecoach Stop, try your hand at ghost hunting, raft a lazy river, go antiquing, shop for the perfect Ozarks keepsake, honor the Cherokee at the Trail of Tears Memorial, drink a local craft beer, splash in a spring- all within 20 minutes of Convention Central! Local Attractions During National Speleological Society Convention 2015 9. Enjoy the show! Discover show caves & Civil War battlefields, take a Missouri State Penitentiary tour in Jefferson City, explore a state park, follow in Lewis & Clark’s footsteps, bike or hike the KATY trail, view St. Louis from the top of the Arch, wish upon a fountain in the City of Fountains, or head to the live music show capital of the world in Branson. There is a lot to see and do in The Show Me State for the whole family!

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

10. Caving! 200 caves will be offered during #NSS2015!

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance www.ocda.org

Cave diving will be available during #NSS2015! Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance http://www.ocda.org

Register for 2015 NSS Convention today! Online registration available through June 13, 2015!!! Save $20 by registering today!

Order your FREE Waynesville/Pulaski County Visitors Guide!

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Hitchhikers Guide To Local Flavor

Pulaski County is the melting pot of Mid-Missouri- and has the cuisine to prove it! This handy reference will guide you to some of the areas favorite unique dining spots- the places where the locals go to eat. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list. For a full listing of area restaurants, including corporate brands that you will recognize from your home, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com. Enjoy your culinary travels in the heart of Missouri cave country!

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

ASIAN CUISINE

Mizeki Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill
198 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573.336.3399
10 miles from campground

It might take “a leap of faith to order sushi in Missouri in July”. New Hampshire TripAdvisor reviewer Kayaker01, took that leap of faith and declared Mizeki Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill in Saint Robert as “excellent” and urges others to “Just go. You will not be disappointed.” Mizeki’s offers appetizers, Japanese noodles, lunch specials, and dinner entrees. Popular appetizers include edamame, soft shell crab, and vegetarian gyoza. Between 11 am and 2 pm you can order one of six bento lunch combos- all come with miso soup, egg roll, gyoza, salad, and rice. Bento combos are available during dinner hours also. A popular dinner choice is Unagi Danburi- a bowl of rice with eel, avocado, seaweed salad, octopus salad, and tomago. Sushi options include salmon, tuna, albacore, yellow tail, red snapper, freshwater eel, crab, octopus, squid, sweet shrimp, mussel, masago, and tamago. House rolls include an avocado roll, cucumber roll, vegetable roll, California roll, spicy shrimp & crab roll, tuna roll, salmon roll, yellow tail roll, phille roll, spicy tuna roll, shrimp tempura roll, eel cucumber roll, and a crab stick roll. Other options include a Hawaiian Roll (fresh/raw), Drill Sergeant Roll (fresh/raw), Sunshine Roll (baked), Monkey Ball (fried mushroom stuffed with spicy tuna), St. Robert Roll (lettuce, cucumber, avocado, crab meat, fried shrimp inside- topped with avocado) and the M4 Roll.

Cafe Korea
839 VFW Memorial Boulevard
Saint Robert
573.336.3232
11 miles from campground

Chong Moore, owner of Cafe Korea, has been sharing her South Korean heritage, culture, and food with Saint Robert for almost five years. Her prepared to order, authentic dishes have been called the “the best of Korean cuisine in the Ozarks” by Rural Missouri magazine. Raised in her Mother’s kitchen, Moore prides herself on the freshness of her ingredients. She and her staff hand slice the meats that they marinate for 24 hours before creating their “ma shee suh yo” appetizers and entrees. One of their most popular entrees is Bulgogi, served with white or fried rice, made with your choice of beef, chicken, or pork. Their lunch special is especially popular- bulgogi or teriyaki served in a bento box with rice, spring roll, yakimandu, crab rangoon, kimbahp, and house salad. The salad is served with a spicy dressing that will make you wish it was bottled for sale to take home. The restaurant only accepts cash or checks for payment. There is an ATM available inside- and they also have free Wi-Fi.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

BARBECUE CUISINE

Sweetwater Bar-B-Que
14076 Highway Z
Saint Robert
573.336.8830
13 miles from campground

Beginning in the 1820’s industrious, enterprising men began floating rafts of railroad ties down the Big Piney River, into the Gasconade River, and downstream to Arlington. These rough and ready tie-rafters named landmarks along their journey. In Pulaski County, on land that is now part of Fort Leonard Wood, between Crooked Chute and Spring Creek Eddy was Sweet Water. Sweet Water was a long, swift stretch in the river. Rafters looked forward to this spot on the Big Piney because it was “sweet going”.

Today, folks look forward to a different type of sweet water- Sweetwater Bar-B-Que on historic Route 66 in Saint Robert- not far from the banks of the Big Piney River. Sweetwater shouldn’t be hard to find- just roll down your window as you approach Exit 163 and let the savory aroma guide you into the parking lot. For those dining in beer on tap is available. Sweetwater also offers meat by the pound- chopped beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, sausage, sliced turkey breast- perfect to take back to camp and share around the fire with friends. Don’t skip the sides! They are most famous for their fried spuds, but they also offer cole slaw, hillbilly beans, potato salad, corn cobette, and green beans. If you visit on a Sunday you can (and should) pick up a special treat – cabbage, corn bread, mashed potatoes, or cobbler. A slice of pecan pie is the perfect ending to a perfect Ozark BBQ experience at Sweetwater.

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ
21050 Teardrop Road
Devils Elbow
573.336.5375
15 miles from campground

Nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest, this historic roadhouse has had a reputation for “good eating” dating back to the late 1920’s. In the early days of Route 66 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop served up “Old Kentucky Barbecue” chicken, ribs, pork, & beef and offered it with a bottle of Hyde Park beer. Eighty years later, travelers from around the world continue to seek out this tavern to indulge in a St Louis style, hickory smoked pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Other popular choices are chicken wings, ribs, pork steak, beef brisket, and the spicy Tater Burger. All pair nicely with fries, tater tots, or onion rings.

Dine outside in the Biergarten and take in the views of the rustic Big Piney River, the dramatic limestone and dolomite bluffs, and the ninety plus year old through truss bridge. It is very likely that the voices that drift from inside will include a mix of languages- a testimony to Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ’s international appeal.

CARIBBEAN CUISINE

Paradise Pit Restaurant & Lounge
95 Ichord Avenue
Waynesville
573.774.3944
6 miles from campground

Paradise Pit is a combination of savory BBQ, fresh Caribbean food and tropical cocktails.

Chicken, pork, and ribs are slow cooked with a signature rub in a custom pit. In addition to Original BBQ sauce you can choose from Chipotle BBQ, Honey BBQ, Raspberry BBQ, Mango BBQ, or jerked.

Caribbean entrees include Mofongo with Carne Frita, Yuca con Bacalao, Pernil Asado, Pollo Guisado, and Shrimp Tacos. The staff prides themselves on their authentic recipes and cooked to order meals. Local favorites include tamales and white truffle fries. You can wash down your meal with a Red Stripe beer or one of the many choices from the drink menu. Lunch menu and free Wi-Fi is available.

Paradise Pit in Waynesville

Paradise Pit in Waynesville

CATCH OF THE DAY

Cellar 66
115 North Benton Street
Waynesville
573.528.7675
7 miles from campground

Trout fishing in the Roaring Roubidoux in downtown Waynesville during Convention? Don’t want to hassle with cooking your dinner over the campfire? Take your catch to Cellar 66 on the Square in Waynesville and the skilled staff will prepare your fresh caught bounty! While you are there sample regional beer, spirits, and wines. Their selection also includes Made In Missouri products as well as national and international favorites.

Photo by Boot at rainwaterscreeksideramblings.blogspot.com

Photo by Boot at rainwaterscreeksideramblings.blogspot.com

COFFEE/DONUTS

Lamb’s Donuts
115 Gateway Circle
Saint Robert
573.336.3368
12 miles from campground

Veteran-Owned Lamb’s Donuts is an early morning tradition for many Pulaski County residents and Fort Leonardwood soldiers. The donuts are fresh baked daily and delicious! You can order them individually or by the dozen(s) to share with friends. Their fried dough delights include cake donuts, glazed donuts, chocolate donuts, maple donuts, apple fritters, long johns, and a variety of cinnamon rolls. Coffee and breakfast burritos are also available.

Luna Java Coffeehouse
151 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert
573.336.2364
10 miles from campground

Luna Java Coffeehouse is a welcome retreat in the Saint Robert area. Kitschy and cozy, with a touch of boho, this is the place that discerning coffee drinkers go for a memorable coffee experience. Staffed by top notch, knowledgeable baristas, Luna Java’s coffee excellence begins with Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company of Saint Louis. Tea and smoothies are also available. Luna Java offers a limited breakfast menu beginning at 7 am. Beginning at 11 am they offer bites such as a Parmesan Chicken Wrap, Turkey Apple Bacon Panini, BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Bacon Artichoke Pasta, and a vegetarian Caprese Sandwich. Grilled Cheese, Mac and Cheese, and a vegetarian PB & J Sandwich are available for the kids. Coffee Box Togo conveniently serves 8 people. Perfect for taking back to convention hall or camp!

Luna Java in St. Robert offers daily specials.

Luna Java in St. Robert offers daily specials.

GERMAN CUISINE

Paradise Deli & Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus
311 North Street
Waynesville
573.774.8422
7 miles from campground

A fixture in downtown Waynesville for over thirty years, Paradise Deli lends a touch of “Bayrische Ggemütlichkeit”- Bavarian coziness- to the Square. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the menu ranges from Bauernfrühstück (farmer’s skillet) to Bayerische Brotzeitplatt (Bavarian Lunch Time Platter- assorted cold cuts, cheese & schinkenspeck) to Hungarian style Gipsy Schnitzel topped with spicy red pepper and sauce.

The Hub Restaurant & Lounge
777 VFW Memorial Drive
Saint Robert
573.336.9990
11 miles from campground

The Hub has been a gathering spot for locals since 1974 and their menu includes items that many Fort Leonard Wood soldiers returning from Germany have described as authentic and “spot on”. The Hub prides itself on their European style kitchen and “Old World food with Old World charm”. The drink menu includes traditional German beers, wines, and liquors including Apfelkorn, Bärenjäger, and Asbach Uralt. The menu recommends four dinners as Specialties of the House:

The Schnitzel Trio includes Cordon Bleu, Jägerschnitzel, & St. Moritz Schnitzel.
The Black Forest Schnitzel is a pork tenderloin topped with smoked ham, tomato, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.
The Bavarian Platter consists of smoked pork chop, knackwurst (beef sausage) and brätwurst (pork sausage).
Stuffed Beef Rouladen is a generous slice of prime beef basted with hot mustard, filled with hickory smoked bacon, diced onions and pickle, baked to tenderness, and served with spaetzle and gravy.

FARMERS MARKET

Pulaski County Farmers Market
Bailey Street, Roubidoux Park
Waynesville
573.842.9079
8 miles from campground

Arriving to Convention early? Make sure to stop by Pulaski County Farmers Market for camp provisions! The market is open Saturday from 8 am until Noon. Everything is Local! Fresh vegetables and fruits in season, fresh cut herbs, naturally raised meats including bison, cage free eggs, old fashioned soaps, natural bath & body care, handmade laundry soap, jams, honey, candied nuts, crafts and a large variety of baked goods from traditional breads to exotic sweets.

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HOMESTYLE CUISINE

Westwood Cafe
27050 Highway 133
Richland
573.765.3831
8 miles from campground

Westwood Cafe is known for their “down home cookin” and their menu is loaded with stick to your ribs selections that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Entree choices include comfort food favorites such as Chicken Pot Pie, Liver & Grilled Onions, Ham and Beans, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak and ribeye and top sirloin steak dinners. Appetizers, salads/wraps, sandwiches, and burgers are also available. Breakfast is served all day!

Sunshine Cafe
688 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573.336.3255
9 miles from campground

Sunshine Cafe has been the breakfast gathering spot for many Saint Robert & Waynesville residents for years. The cafe is only open from 6:00 am until 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. They close at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Breakfast is served until 1:00 pm daily and includes traditional favorites such as bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef hash, eggs, hotcakes, and french toast. Not in a breakfast mood? The cafe also offers a variety hamburgers & sandwiches. Entrees include country fried steak, pork tenderloin, pork chops, roast beef, and ham steak options.

ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Mama Mia
101 Comfort Inn Drive
Saint Robert
573.336.1200
10 miles from campground

In Greek communities across Missouri the name Makridis is synonymous with authentic Mediterranean food. The Makridis family has a reputation for dishing up delicious food in the Show Me State for over 40 years. Eleni Makridis carries on that tradition today as owner of Mama Mia in Saint Robert. Mama Mia has been referred to as a “hidden gem”, tucked under the shadow of the Comfort Inn. Your taste buds will thank you for finding this joint. Appetizer choices include the St. Louis favorite Toasted Ravioli, Keftedakia (small Greek meatballs), and Calamari. The Greek Salad, topped with feta, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and dressing has been described as “perfect” on many occasions. Entrees include chicken, seafood, and meatball choices and can be ordered family size. They are best known for their generous gyros- no skimping on the meat at Mama Mia! Kalí̱ órexi̱

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro
16995 Highway 28
Dixon
573.759.6100
19 miles from campground

Pulaski County’s destination restaurant has strong family ties to the famous Zeno’s Restaurant on Route 66 near Rolla that closed in 2011 after 50+ years. Chef Michael Scheffer, owner of Di Trapani’s, is the grandson of Zeno Scheffer. Chef Michael brings a passion to his food, presentation, and to providing his diners a unique and memorable food and drink experience. Chef’s plates are enhanced by the extraordinary views of Portuguese Point of the Gasconade River in the valley below. The Flash Fried Spinach was first served to Chef’s mother-in-law and is now the most popular appetizer. Eggplant Parmesan and Calamari are also popular appetizers at Di Trapani’s. Entrees include Chicken Scaloppini, Filet Mignon (topped with provel and homemade roasted garlic butter sauce), Veal Oscar, Seafood Lasagna with asparagus and lobster sauce. Dominic’s Tiramisu is also highly praised. Before leaving make sure to purchase a bottle of the house salad dressing to take back with you.

Di Trapani's Italian Bistro in Dixon

Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro in Dixon

MEXICAN CUISINE

Cancun Mexican Grill
690 Missouri Avenue, Suite 6
Saint Robert
573.336.8585
11 miles from campground

Cancun Mexican Grill serves dishes inspired from the coasts of Mexico. The Yucatan peninsula has a style of food all of its own which you can find in many restaurants in Cancun. The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth-watering mixture of Mayan, Caribbean, Dutch, Lebanese, and Spanish flavors. A lot of the dishes from this region are not spicy yet are absolutely delicious.

The dishes at Cancun Mexican Grill have been described as authentic, flavorful, and delicious. The Warrior Burrito is a top seller and is a local favorite. Mexican soft drinks and Horchata are available.

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

PIZZA

TK’s Pizza
743 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert
573.336.5616
11 miles from campground

TK’s Pizza has been a local favorite for decades in Pulaski County. Bringing back a few of their 20″ King Pick Up Specials to camp could make you a hero! In addition to the traditional toppings that you expect TK’s offers 8 specialty pizzas including – St. Louis Style (with Provel Cheese), Chicken & Spinach Alfredo, Buffalo Chicken, and Bacon Cheeseburger. You can also order cheese bread, wings, calzones, and cinnamon sticks.

GW Pizza
896 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert
573.336.5565
12 miles from campground

GW Pizza is another local favorite for pizzas, calzones, wings, and Chicago Hot Dogs. Home of the 30″ Queen Pizza, you can top it as you please, or choose from popular specialties- Buffalo Chicken, Taco, Alfredo, Spinach, Extreme Meat Lovers, or Vegetarian. Sandwiches offered are Meatball, Buffalo Chicken, or Chicken Bacon Ranch. Don’t forget dessert- Cinna Bites, Cinna Sticks, or Oreo Cheese Cake!

PUB GRUB

Hoppers Pub
318 Historic Route 66 East
Waynesville
573.774.0135
7 miles from campground

In the heart of Waynesville, on the Square, Hoppers Pub pays homage to its Route 66 connection by offering 66 beers on tap. Some offerings of note are: Hoppers Frog Drool, an American Pale Ale brewed exclusively for Hoppers Pub by Piney River Brewing Company; Ad Astra Ale, an Altbier (traditional German ale) brewed by Free State Brewing Company; Stone IPA, an American IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Company; Chocolate Milk Stout, a Milk/Sweet Stout brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company of Saint Louis; and Black Walnut Wheat, an American Dark Wheat Ale also from local favorite Piney River Brewing Company. The extensive beer menu covers domestics and imports, craft beers and industry giant beers-including Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR).

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

The food menu does not slack either. Specialties include Fish and Chips, Citrus Chicken, Mango Habanero Chicken, Ribeye Steak, and Frog Legs. Burger enthusiasts will enjoy working their way through the ten burgers on the menu. Standouts include the BBQ Guinness Burger, the Low Carb Burger, and the Jam Burger- topped with a signature sweet and spice jam. Salads, appetizers, and sandwiches are also available. Hoppers Pub also has a menu for the little ones!

Z Bar & Grill
127 Vickie Lynn Lane
Saint Robert
573.451.2676
10 miles from campground

Z Bar & Grill brings a contemporary flair to Saint Robert and diners can choose to enjoy their meal in the stylish dining room or on the upbeat patio area. Z Bar & Grill prides themselves on their bartenders crafting amazing cocktails, and their chefs creating delicious meals. The menu includes classic meals with an innovative twist and generous portion sizes to enjoy. The breakfast bar buffet opens at 5:30 am Monday through Friday and serves through 8:30 am. Breakfast bar buffet hours are available Saturday & Sunday. Dinner services begin at 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Menu items include appetizer selections, salads, entrees, and desserts. The Walnut Chicken Salad and Blackened Steak Salad are favorites with diners. Entrees include the Infamous Bourbon Burger, Blackened Chicken Sandwich, Smoked Panini Sandwich, Blackened Steak or Chicken Tacos, Tilapia, and Bourbon Glazed Salmon. Z Bar & Grill also offers a kids menu.

ZLoft Bar & Grill in Saint Robert

ZLoft Bar & Grill in Saint Robert

National Speleological Society 2015 Convention Brings National Attention To The Cave State

Waynesville, MO in Pulaski County has been chosen as the host of the 2015 (NSS) National Speleological Society annual convention. The event is held in alternating states and regions of the United States each year. Established in 1941, the non-profit organization is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has nearly 250 chapters called “grottos” across the country.

The NSS is the largest organization in the world dedicated to exploration, preservation, education and conservation of caves. The Society’s over 10,000 members include scientists, cartographers, explorers and cave enthusiasts from the United States and all over the globe. The NSS organization is sectioned in 15 specialty interest areas of the membership to include geology, archeology, technical research and rescue, underwater cave diving and many artistic disciplines.

National Speleological Society Logo

National Speleological Society Logo

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has teamed up with the Mississippi Valley Ozark Region as well as the NSS to work to bring this convention to central Missouri. Missouri previously hosted this conference in 1997.

This is a week-long event, featuring daily symposia, guided cave trips, and major events each evening. Conventions are a great way to learn about caves in other regions, share new techniques, meet old friends, and make new ones. On Thursday evenings, the auditorium is packed for the Photo and Video Salons and awards, and Friday’s Banquet features the annual NSS Award presentations. Convention activities will also include vertical contests, hydrology & geology field trips, and Salons encompassing- craft and design, cover art, fine arts, print, symbolic emblems, t-shirt, and cartographic. The Junior Speleological Society will have youth activities scheduled throughout the week.

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Joe Nicolussi, co-chair of the 2015 NSS Convention, announced in February that Carroll Cave is the “crown jewel” of this year’s conference. Jeff Page, Carroll Cave Conservancy (CCC) Membership & Access Chair, “couldn’t agree more and CCC is eager to share this jewel with as many convention attendees as possible.” Carroll Cave is the second longest cave in Missouri and is a National Natural Landmark.

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Caving opportunities will be plentiful during #NSS2015. A small sample of the caves that will be offered to attendees include: Skaggs, Perkins, Tunnel-Spring, Grempczynski, Pike’s Peak, and Railroad Cave. Cave/cavern diving opportunities are available to certified divers at Roubidoux Spring, Boiling Spring, and Bennett Spring. Several show caves across The Cave State will be offering discounted tours to Convention attendees. Kirsten Alvey-Mudd, Cave Chair, is particularly excited about the cave and float combo trips that are offered-“This is a quintessential Missouri caving experience- an experience that you do not want to miss while you are in the Ozarks for Convention 2015.” Alvey-Mudd also added that concierge decontamination service will be offered nightly at the campground.

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance www.ocda.org

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance http://www.ocda.org

Campground Chair Larry Abeln is ready to welcome cavers to their “home away from home” during Convention 2015. Pulaski County-Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club Campground is top notch- campers will find plenty of shaded, level spots, shower facilities, a large common area centered around one of Mid-Missouri’s largest outdoor stages, a clubhouse (with wi-fi) and other amenities. Abeln is also excited that campers will be able to have small campfires at the campground.

Waynesville High School will be the site for #NSS2015 Convention registration, sessions, salons, workshops, the international vertical contests and vendors.

Waynesville High School will be the site for #NSS2015 Convention registration, sessions, salons, workshops, the international vertical contests and vendors.

In addition to favorite, traditional Convention activities such as Howdy Party, Speleo-Auction, and Banquet, Activities Chair Alicia Wallace has coordinated with Pulaski County Tourism Bureau to offer attendees “local flavor”- including a tour of the Old Stagecoach Stop, a tour of the Frisco Depot Museum in Crocker, a paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes, and a BYOL (Bring Your Own Light) head lamp tour of the 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum. Self-guided driving tours of Route 66 and a walking tour of historic sites and points of interest in downtown Waynesville are available free of charge through the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Local Attractions During National Speleological Society Convention 2015

Kris Nicolussi, co-chair of the 2015 NSS Convention reminds cavers that registration for “Hitchhikers Guide To Missouri Caving” is now available online and that discounted registration is available before June 1st. She encourages everyone to visit the official website at http://nss2015.caves.org for updates and states that #NSS2015 can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +. She and Mayor Luge Hardman are “thrilled to show off Waynesville to cavers from around the globe”, – and Kris reminds everyone to bring their towel.

National Speleological Society- http://www.facebook.com/NationalSpeleologicalSociety
NSS 2015 Convention- http://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau- http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA
City of Waynesville, Missouri- http://www.facebook.com/cityofwaynesvillemo

Roubidoux Spring- Below The Surface

By Bob Hathaway
Owner, Odyssey Scuba

There are a lot of good reasons for the NSS Convention 2015 to come to Waynesville, Missouri, yet one of the best reasons will be least visited! Every person attending will pass within mere feet of the opening to one of the most interesting cave systems in the Midwestern United States, yet it takes more than the “usual” cave exploration equipment to see this Cave State wonder…

Waynesville has enjoyed a revitalization of business in the last 3- 5 years that has returned a certain charm to the small Missouri town, and visitors enjoy strolling the downtown area to explore various locally- owned shops and restaurants which line the square. The city also has a rich historical heritage including a section of the “Mother Road” of Old Route 66 running through its middle, noted Civil War sites, and even part of the original Trail Of Tears is inside its limits. However, the beating heart of Waynesville’s natural beauty exists just a short distance from all of this in the form of Roubidoux Springs, a beautiful freshwater spring feeding into the Roubidoux River which divides the town into its eastern and western parts.

Visitors are able to park their cars alongside the river at the Roy Laughlin Park and walk along a short, well- maintained span of the Trail Of Tears Memorial Walkway leading from the Route 66 Bridge up to the spring. They are often fascinated at the sight of trout and other types of local fish swimming in the crystal clear water, and can pause occasionally to read the historical markers placed along the way. Even more fascinating to a large number of visitors as they round the bend is the unexpected sight of scuba divers making their way into and out of Roubidoux Springs cave/cavern system!

Cave and cavern divers have been drawn to Roubidoux Springs for decades, fascinated both by its beauty and challenge. The spring is located within the city park system, so park rules and regulations are in effect. A Cave or Cavern certification is required to dive the springs, and the city has implemented a check- in/check- out protocol for those diving there. This protocol is more often self- enforced by divers themselves instead of law enforcement as a way of keeping thrill seekers and the uninformed out of harm’s way. Divers are appreciative of having such a wonderful resource for their enjoyment, and take serious the measures and responsibilities put in place to protect it.

The shallow pool at the mouth of the spring often fools passersby to the true extent of the massive cave system just below their feet, which was recently explored by technical divers to a distance of nearly two miles as it winds its way back under the city. The actual distance the cave goes back is still unknown, and plans for further explorations are continuously being made as advances in equipment and technology expand. Divers are eager to be among those who have extended the line to its furthest point, and travel from all across the United States as well as foreign countries to be a part of the effort. While cave divers certainly dominate the diving at Roubidoux Springs it is certainly not limited to them. Cavern divers also have one of the largest and most interesting areas to explore in the Midwestern United States, and with the support of Odyssey Scuba & Travel (located less than a quarter of a mile away) it is a fun and easy way to spend a day of diving. While cavern diving is much more restrictive in limits than cave diving (including a linear distance limit of one hundred thirty feet of exploration, and being within sight of ambient light at all times) it also enables a greater number of sport divers to enjoy the experience.

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance www.ocda.org

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance http://www.ocda.org

Cavern divers suit up on shore and wade into the 55- 58F temperature water at the mouth of the spring. Use of dry suits is preferred, but certainly a thick wetsuit is an option. Final safety checks are performed, then divers slip into the small opening located just beneath the walkway bridge over the bubbling water. The narrow opening extends back approximately twelve feet before beginning to slant downward to a depth of over forty feet. The cavern zone also widens out to reveal a massive room where divers are able to explore along the cracks and crevices of the walls.

Even underwater in a cave there is life, and with patience and a good eye cave fauna can be found. Roubidoux Springs is currently the site for an on- going fauna count, and several local divers are involved in this scientific endeavor to better understand and protect the delicate creatures existing here. Blind cave fish, crawdads, and other animals are identified and studied, and are happily thriving at Roubidoux Springs. It’s a lot of fun to see one of these tiny residents going about their lives as one explores among the rocks and holes!

At the furthest point back in the cavern zone the actual cave system begins. This smaller tunnel- like opening is prominently marked by a “grim reaper” caricature sign, warning non- cave certified divers that they have reached the limit of their exploration, and that further training and equipment is necessary before continuing. While this simple sign has doubtlessly saved many divers from getting into trouble, most divers are explorers and risk- takers by nature and the well- meaning sign is occasionally viewed with a slight resentment. However, cavern divers usually find more to explore than is possible in a single dive and are quick to continue searching the cavern zone. One object of curiosity usually encountered is the diver habitat. This large box- type structure was placed by cave divers needing a place to “rest” after extended dives in the cave system, and allows those divers a temporarily air pocket where they can rest and communicate during long decompression stops. Cavern divers usually look the habitat over for a few moments before returning to their explorations of the rocks and crevices. In addition to light and linear distance limits cavern divers also follow the “rule of thirds” when it comes to air consumption; one- third of the available air supply going in, one- third for coming out, and the last for emergencies or contingencies. This rule of thirds usually limits a cavern dive in Roubidoux Springs to a time of around twenty minutes, which also makes multiple dives desirable. Air fills and other sundries are available at Odyssey Scuba, so divers have a place to enjoy between dives should they choose to leave the springs area. If you are cave or cavern certified, you won’t want to miss the underwater beauty and adventure of Roubidoux Springs! For more information, or to arrange a cavern dive, contact Odyssey Scuba & Travel on their website at http://www.moscuba.com, or call them at (573) 774-DIVE (3483). A single visit to Waynesville, Pulaski County, and Roubidoux Springs will only prove one thing; a single visit simply isn’t enough!

Hitchhikers Guide To Ingress In Pulaski County

Ingress agents love road trips! And Pulaski County is road trip country! Gather up your fellow agents and experience a day, or weekend, exploring legendary trails and roads, multiple eras of rich military history, and railroad boom towns.

It's happening all around you. They aren't coming. They're already here.

It’s happening all around you. They
aren’t coming. They’re already here.

Pulaski County is home to Fort Leonard Wood, Saint Robert, Waynesville, Crocker, Dixon, Richland, over 100 portals (gazillions awaiting approval), several missions, and #PortalGem worthy “Frog Rock”.

Pulaski County’s “can’t miss” portals include:

Devils Elbow Post Office– On the original alignment of Route 66 and also on the banks of the Big Piney River, this charming village’s current Post Office was built in 1954. Bring your camera and your appetite to this portal. The nearby 1923 Devils Elbow Bridge & the dramatic bluffs are very photogenic.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- You will also want to visit the Elbow Inn & BBQ, just across the bridge. This roadhouse has been serving delicious barbecue to hungry travelers since the 1930’s. Ask the barkeep about the day the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition models held a photo shoot here- and what they left behind!

GPS Coordinates: 37.846461, -92.061351

Devils Elbow Post Office is housed in Sheldens Market.

Devils Elbow Post Office is housed in Sheldens Market.

WWII Memorial– Also on Route 66, this Desert Storm era M-60 tank pays tribute to U.S. Veterans. Beginning in 1941, nearby Fort Leonard Wood has been the starting location of millions of U.S. Army careers and this tank honors them, and all members of the Armed Forces. This portal is a waypoint on the “Purple Heart City” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- The tank is located in George M. Reed Roadside Park– the last roadside park remaining in Missouri on Route 66. Make your Route 66 experience authentic with a roadside picnic lunch in the park! Don’t have fixin’s for lunch with you? Many of Saint Robert’s dining establishments offer carryout.

GPS Coordinates: 37.821337, -92.147403

M-60 Tank at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, MO.

M-60 Tank at George M. Reed Roadside Park in Saint Robert, MO.

Frog Rock– Greeting motorists into Waynesville since 1996, Frog Rock (a/k/a W.H. Croaker) has quickly became a world famous Route 66 icon. The frog sculpture was chipped away, by tattoo artist Phil Nelson, from a leftover boulder after Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) widened Waynesville Hill. This portal is a waypoint on the “Finer Than A Frog’s Hair” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Frog Rock is celebrated every October in Waynesville during the popular “Frogtoberfest” festival. Frog Rock has also inspired a pub on the Square- Hoppers. Hoppers is well known for its selection of 66 beers on tap, casual fun atmosphere, and its tasty menu items- like the Jam Burger!

GPS Coordinates: 37.827002, -92.192381

Frog Rock in Waynesville is a #PortalGem. Photo by Cat Spencer.

Frog Rock in Waynesville is a #PortalGem. Photo by Cat Spencer.

Waynesville Fort– In the early days of the Civil War, Waynesville, the seat of Pulaski County, was overwhelmingly pro-secessionist, and its citizens flew the Stars and Bars to show their Confederate support. The flag was lowered shortly before Federal troops marched down Waynesville Hill, set up camp, and erected a small fort near a bluff overlooking the Roubidoux Spring. Colonel Sigel had been tasked to “Occupy Waynesville. Keep open the road from Rolla to the Gasconade and clear the surrounding country of Guerillas”. This post served as a Federal supply base on the route between Rolla and Lebanon, and as was common for all of the military posts in Missouri, probably held local civilian prisoners deemed disloyal. The 5th (formerly 13th) Cavalry, State Militia, used Fort Waynesville as its base of operations in the military District of Rolla, serving there from the spring of 1863 until the war ended. Today, visible traces of the fort have disappeared to the naked eye, but members of Pulaski County Historical Society erected a historical marker in 1970 to preserve the memory of Fort Waynesville. This portal is a waypoint on the “Take The Square” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Travel south on Dewitt Street and then west on Benton Street as it’s curve follows the bluff for sweeping panoramic views and a bird’s eye view of Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park. A short side trip to Laughlin Park will lead you to one of only seven designated sites on the National Trail of Tears Trail in Missouri. The site features interpretive signage about this tragic historical event.

GPS Coordinates: 37.82693, -92.200634

Fort Waynesville Historical Marker

Fort Waynesville Historical Marker

Old Stagecoach Stop– One of Pulaski County’s oldest buildings, the Old Stagecoach Stop on the Square in Waynesville was “built of logs in pioneer days, used as a stage coach stop and a tavern of rest for weary travelers westward bound. In 1862 the building was commandeered by the Union Forces and used as a hospital for the duration of the Civil War. After the war ended, it was remodeled and again served as a hotel for another half Century.”. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places during the early 1980’s. This portal is a waypoint on the “Finer Than A Frog’s Hair” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- At the time of the NRHP nomination the Old Stagecoach Stop was in the advanced stages of neglect. In 1983 citizens incorporated the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation for the express purpose of saving the building from demolition. Thanks to their success the building also now serves as a museum. You can visit the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum every Saturday April through September from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Make sure to visit the nearby Route 66 Courthouse Museum also!

GPS Coordinates: 37.829205, -92.200511

Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Photo by Terry Primas.

Old Stagecoach Stop in Waynesville, MO. Photo by Terry Primas.

Freedom Church– Located in Dixon, one of Pulaski County’s Frisco Railroad boom towns. At one point in time this rural community was home to 22 churches of various denominations. This portal is a waypoint on the “Dixon, MO Steeplechase” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro is a destination restaurant near Dixon that features mouth watering dishes and breathtaking views of Portuguese Point on the Gasconade River. Each September Dixon is home to ShrimpFestival and Cow Days- a multi day street festival that dates back to the Great Depression. Nearby Boiling Spring Campground is home to Mid-Missouri’s largest precision cut corn maze each Fall. Baseball fans should make the pilgrimage to Wally Schang’s final resting place in Dixon Cemetery.

GPS Coordinates: 37.991892, -92.095468

Play Ingress in Pulaski County!

Play Ingress in Pulaski County!

Frisco Caboose Monument– Crocker is also one of Pulaski County’s Frisco Railroad boom towns and the town has a deep appreciation of its railroading heritage. Prominently featured in Norma Lea’s Frisco Park, this bright red caboose is an eye catcher. This cupola caboose was built out of a boxcar in 1975 in Springfield, MO and was originally numbered #1418. It acquired it’s #11648 number via the Burlington Northern railroad company before it was retired. This portal is a waypoint on the “Crocker Fireball Run” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- Crocker’s Frisco Caboose, and the nearby Frisco Depot Museum, are featured in Season 8 of Fireball Run. The museum is open by appointment and during the annual Railroad Days festival.

GPS Coordinates: 37.949155, -92.263543

Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker, MO

Frisco Railroad Caboose in Crocker, MO

Burlington Northern Caboose– Richland is Pulaski County’s western most railroad town and Burlington Northern Caboose #11339 has made its home in Shady Dell Park. This cupola caboose was built in 1951 as #1007 for Northern Pacific Railway. After Northern Pacific was merged into Burlington Northern in 1970 this caboose operated in Earlville, Illinois. An archived photograph by Chuck Zeiler documents this caboose in Clyde, Illinois during 1981. This portal is a waypoint on the “Richland- Frisco Boom Town” mission.

BEHIND THE SCANNER- The intersection of Pine and McClurg streets is a pristine example of a typical layout of a railroad town. Commercial buildings are located on each side of the tracks. On the southeast corner is H.E. Warren Store. This store was founded by Captain Henry Ernest Warren in 1869 and is still owned and operated by his descendants 146 years later. This store is believed to be one of the longest continually operating family stores in Missouri.

GPS Coordinates: 37.855957, -92.396692

Shady Dell Park in Richland is home to a Burlington Northern Caboose.

Shady Dell Park in Richland is home to a Burlington Northern Caboose.

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