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Last week, my husband and I headed out from Hutto, Texas to attend my niece's wedding in St. Louis, Missouri. It's always amusing to me that it takes longer to drive to get out of central Texas than it does to drive across just about any other state. As we rolled across the Oklahoma border into Missouri, we decided it was time to find a place to sleep for the night. We seldom make hotel reservations along the route to our final destination because there is no telling when we'll be ready to stop. We exited the highway in Joplin, Missouri, and stopped at the first hotel we saw. As I walked into the lobby, I was enveloped in the smell of stale cigarette smoke, so we left. The next hotel offered us a basic room with a queen size bed for well over $115 and since we're on a very tight budget, we went on.microwave, fridge, 46 inch flat screen television, free high speed internet, and a huge bathroom. After a quick check-in, we even enjoyed a spot of well whiskey in the hotel bar before turning in for the night.
Disclosure: I received no compensation of any kind for this post. I just wanted to share my great experience!