Fall (Kind Of)

Fall (Kind Of)

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Joplin/4-States, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

I haven’t blogged or posted any photography in what seems like forever!  Life has been exceptionally busy the last few months, but mostly in a good way!  Last Sunday I was able to set aside a few hours and drag my kayak down to the creek for a quiet solo trip down to Stones Corner.  When I planned it I was really envisioning a cool fall day in the 60s with bright fall foliage but it seems summer just isn’t ready to go away just yet. Which was fine, it made the...

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Walnut Bottoms Trail

Walnut Bottoms Trail

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 in Joplin/4-States | 1 comment

Over the past couple months I have been getting involved with an emerging trail project in Carthage called Walnut Bottoms. It’s a walking/running/mountain bike trail that winds it’s way through some beautiful bottomland forest along Spring River.  It has been fun and interesting, particularly seeing how it works and how much effort they have put in to make a project like this a reality. This trail, like many others has it’s own unique set of challenges in...

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Prairie State Park

Prairie State Park

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 in Day / Weekend Trips, Joplin/4-States, Photography, Rural America | 2 comments

Saturday the weather was perfect to be outside so we packed up a lunch and took our girls for an outing at Prairie State Park.  There are lots of state parks within easy driving distance from here, but this is one of the closest, and also one that is different than most others in Missouri. Although I couldn’t get either of the girls to wear their blue t-shirts to the football game the night before, they insisted we all wear Carthage Tigers shirts on our hike. That...

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Walter Woods

Walter Woods

Posted on May 31, 2015 in Joplin/4-States, Photography, Places I Go, Rural America | 0 comments

The semi dry weather invited my youngest daughter and I to get out for a short hike today.  Initially we had planned on doing a longer day hike at Big Sugar Creek State Park, but after turning on the windshield wipers twice in the first 20 minutes of the drive to Pineville we decided we might be better off sticking to a trail that won’t get us quite so far away from the truck. So I took the next exit and we headed to Walter Woods, a small conservation area south of...

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Long Lost Friend

Long Lost Friend

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Joplin/4-States, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

Thursday I took advantage of the nice weather after work and did some solo kayaking on nearby Center Creek. I haven’t been on Center Creek in a long time so it was nice to get out and revisit this old friend. It’s generally not known as a particularly scenic float stream and the water isn’t usually very clear unless it’s winter, but any river is a nice place to be, especially on such a beautiful afternoon. I actually prefer the stretch of the river...

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Climbing the Carthage Courthouse

Climbing the Carthage Courthouse

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in Joplin/4-States | 2 comments

Like many people around here, I have always had a fondness of our fine county courthouse. When I was a kid I thought the building was basically a castle, which made it even more magical in my mind. Naturally I have always wanted to explore inside up to the top. I have a friend who works in this building now, and he was recently able to get me the hookup with a back stage pass to climb up to the top of this super rad building in Carthage. Getting to the top requires going...

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