A Day in Sulphur Springs

Steve spent the morning glued to his tablet. He’d been researching free or cheap things to do in the area and had found a couple possibilities. We packed a cooler with waters and a few snacks and headed out. I didn’t ask where we were going, I was just happy to “go along for the ride”. We took the now familiar route to Sulphur Springs and it didn’t take long to find our first stop, Coleman Park . The 186 acre city park has an 18 hole disc golf course. It wasn’t too surprising no one was playing, considering the fact it was nearly 100 degrees. Despite the heat, we set out on the 2 1/2 mile paved loop around the lake.

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There were plenty of wildflowers to keep my camera busy…

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And lots of winged wonders…

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This tree was loaded with seed/nut clusters. I don’t know what kind of tree it is, but I’ll bet the squirrels with be happy when the sees/nuts ripen.

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Sumacs lined part of the trail. I love the flower heads…

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We walked past an unused fishing pier…

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Another pier…

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Crossed bridges…

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We were nearing the end of the loop when we came around the bend to find this…

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As we walked through the tunnel, I stopped to check out the mud dauber’s handiwork…

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Emerging from the tunnel, I could hear the unmistakable sounds of a waterfall…

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The next section of the loop was definitely designed with little explorers in mind…

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I know when my boys were little, they would have loved climbing through the mountain!

It was early afternoon by the time we got back to the jeep, but Steve had one more place in mind to visit. We had a hard time finding the address, but, then again, the little blurb he had read online could have told us what we were looking for was in the city library!

The library showcases the St. Clair music box collection, reportedly, the world’s largest collection…

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Apparently, you can make anything a music box…

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It was time to head back to Waldo and have some dinner, but what a great day of “free fun”!

 

4 thoughts on “A Day in Sulphur Springs”

  1. Free is my favorite price! Isn’t it great to find these gems as we travel? Your photos of the wildflowers and butterflies are gorgeous. That is one beautiful golf frisbee course. The music box gallery fascinates me. The gun as a music box takes the cake!

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  2. I didn’t know you were doing posts yet! That’s a beautiful place and you’re lucky to have found it.
    I don’t recognize most of the flowers but the butterfly is on a button bush, and the plant with what you thought were seed clusters is actually a spindle berry (Euonymus europaeus) and those are its flower buds. They blossom quite late but they’re a pretty flower.
    I can’t imagine what those music boxes are worth. Many thousands, I’m sure!

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    1. I was pretty sure about the button bush. Wow, there sure are a lot of varieties of Euonymus. The park had dozens of them so when it blooms, I’ll have to go back. I thought it was interesting the music box collection belonged to a man.

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