Most of the time when I go hiking I like to be among trees. But I also have a special appreciation for the serenity of the wide open spaces of the prairie. Joplin happens to be conveniently located at the crossroads of the hills and forests of the Ozarks and the edge of the great plains, so I can easily visit two wildly different landscapes.
With some nice weather I headed about 30 miles north to Prairie State Park to take some black and white photos. I’ve visited this state park many times but never explored the trails or interior portions of the park…honestly I always assumed that it all pretty much looked the same.
I ended up hiking about 5 1/2 miles in a loop from the visitor center. I had a great time exploring the park and was glad to finally discover there was more to this place than a quick drive through to look at the bison. Now, I’ll have to go back when the wildflowers are in bloom if I can tolerate the heat!