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Weekend at Kevo's

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A December 2004 trip to Carthage by Jose Kevo

Least Suspecting... Photo, Carthage, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Regardless of size and decor, a house is not a home without the people filling it: family, friends, and sometimes perfect strangers. That's why I'm Willing to Host Someone, whether here or there, where I think you'll find that every day is Happy Holidays!

Weekend at Kevo's

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Spring Fever Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Rebel With a Cause IgoUgo Adventures suggest that boredom sets in rather easily, which has honed the skillful art of making the ordinary extraordinary! Despite endless opportunities, a generous trait squelches illusions of financial stability. So I march to the beat of a different drum...one with a Latin rhythm. Fitting into the box was never my forte, but thankfully, a contorted sense of humor tolerates survival on the edge. Redefining Hospitality Feigning years of living in NYC unleashed globe-trotting sophistication but did little to eradicate down-home country traits ingrained from the Misso...Read More

Dining South of the Border

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La Tiendita Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Carthage has a gluttony of fast-food chains and buffet restaurants where a person can eat their weight in American food, seafood, and Chinese selections. Otherwise, there's nothing in between for rare times I feel like eating out, except tucked-away small eateries necessitating making a run for the border-and we're not talking Taco Bell! Numerous tienditas have sprung up all over town, serving the booming Hispanic population. My favorite is called La Tiendita on the corner of River and Chestnut and across from Carter's Park. It's a smaller market, but on weekends they run a restaurant off to the side with authentic Mexican selections and atmosphere. Choices are limited...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2004

Natural Wonders

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Attraction | "Natural Favorites"

Natural Wonders Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Central Park may no longer be a three-block walk away, but back-to-nature space is still a must! The Shoal Creek basin, a 20-minute drive from Joplin off I-44, is a favorite place to disappear. Taking the #6 exit, make a right on Glendale Road, clearly marked immediately south of the Interstate. Within a mile, you'll come to picnic areas along banks of Shoal Creek. Continue straight for another two miles, through heavily wooded areas, until McClelland Park, if you'd like a highly rated ultimate frisbee course. Otherwise, make a left where the low-water bridge is visible. This is likely where you'll spot your firs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2004

Natural Wonders
Shoal Creek Basin
Carthage, Missouri

The Spooklight/Hornet Spooklight

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Attraction | "Thriller! Our Impenetrable Enigma"

The Spooklight/Hornet Spooklight Photo, Joplin, Missouri
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Seeing is believing, but take my word when it comes to the local claim to fame known as the Spooklight. Featured on former shows like Real People and That's Incredible, this unexplainable occurrence has also drawn teams of scientists from around the world, but yet the mystery continues without any clear-cut hypothesis to what, why, or how. Around turn of the century, mining dominated the four-state region, though not in this immediate area. Some type of unidentifiable gas seeping from the earth is the most practical, logical explanation, but most disbelievers swear that it's reflecting headlights from passing cars on the busy interstate about 10 miles north. That's i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 9, 2004

The Spooklight/Hornet Spooklight
Border At Southwestern Missouri And Northeastern Oklahoma
Hornet, Missouri

Jose Kevo's Caribbean Cabaña

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Least Suspecting... Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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If ever near Carthage, Missouri, with time to stop awhile, I invite you to a historic strip of Route 66 that runs through town. Don't think you're lost just because almost everyone in the neighborhood appears Hispanic. I'll greet you at the door...and welcome you inside to my own private island. My home is El Barrio-goes-beach shack, but don't let that fool you. It's straight-up nouveau ghetto! Favorite possessions include photos and obscure must-haves from around the world. Otherwise, if it's not from a yard sale or flea market, it's authentically Wal-Mart, including more than 100 various-sized trees and p...Read More

Haunts& Jaunts

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The Public Library Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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Whether from a self-created environment or part of the aging process, turning into a homebody was one of the last things ever expected. This change in lifestyle has been enjoyable while conceding to down-home country roots. However, all work and study without some type of play makes the rut of routine inescapable. Here's some of the ways I shake things up a bit . . . Wild KingdomCarthage has their own version of a Central Park; at least a dozen of them would fit inside the Great Lawn of NYC's original. There's a larger-than-life bronze statue of Marlin Perkins, one of our Who's Who worth checking out, but my most frequented place is across the street. The ...Read More

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Roadtrip! Photo, Carthage, Missouri
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In late May 2002, a regular customer requested personal favor. Donna had become property manager for 27 rental houses and needed introductions translated, since most tenants were Hispanic. Stopping at one house, blinds were drawn, but it was obvious somebody up and moved. Needing to confirm, stepping through the door, I knew the house was empty, and it was mine! Don't ask how. It was precise for vibrant visions that I had finally found a home. I picked up my keys on June 3rd, raising blinds and windows, to begin a thorough cleaning. Time had slipped away when I heard pounding on the front door, followed by a rapid requ...Read More