Where the blacktop ends

I’m back! I was able to unplug and spend a super relaxing week away in Eminence, Missouri last week. You’ve probably never heard of this little one-horse town with a population of 600, but let me tell you, this place has a piece of my heart ❤.

This was my 27th annual trip to Eminence. Every year during the first week of August, my family packs our horse trailer full of all the camping essentials, loads the horses up, and heads west to the Cross Country Trail Ride in Eminence, MO.

The trip from Indiana to Missouri is unremarkable – not a whole lot of intriguing landscape to look at while you travel. But, once your tires hit that red Missouri dirt, you know you’re in for a treat. Nestled in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Eminence swallows you up in its cool natural spring waters, clear, winding riverways and rocky Ozark hills.

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Right On My People. River Of Music People. ROMP ROMP ROMP!

Whatever it stands for, ROMP is my favorite outdoor music fest of the year. ROMP is all about free spirited, grassroots lovin’, wholesome folks celebrating the roots and branches of bluegrass music at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. Once you come, you’re hooked; This past weekend was my sixth year as a ROMPer, and my first year as a ROMP volunteer.

This year’s line up included the Nitty Gritty Dirt BandThe Punch BrothersRhiannon GiddensThe Steel DriversPokey LaFargeBilly Strings and Scythian. Baby girl loved the tunes! She tumbled and danced in my tummy all weekend. That girl’s got great taste in music already!

It rained. We danced. It rained some more. We stayed up all night. We soaked it all in. A good time was had by all.


I decided to volunteer this year to cut the cost of my ticket. My volunteer shifts really weren’t that bad. I was kind of dreading it, but I ended up meeting a lot of great people that way and actually had a lot of fun getting a more behind-the-scenes look at the fest.

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