Into the Wild (Part 2)

Into the Wild (Part 2)

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 1 comment

I didn’t sleep exceptionally well.  One reason was the rocks under my tent.  Another was that my bladder was about to explode. But it was cold outside and I was convinced that if I waited long enough, the uncomfortable sensation would eventually go away. I was wrong and eventually went outside.  After that I slept remarkably better until I was awoken in the early morning light to the sound of my tent shaking violently. Fortunately it was Ian, not a bear.  It was time...

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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go | 1 comment

My college roommate and I have a kind of ‘tradition’ where we climb a mountain or do some kind of wilderness activity, generally every other year or so.  Even after we’ve both married and had families, our wives have continued to be supportive of our occasional adventures so we’ve managed to keep it going. Usually we’ll fly to another part of the country, though sometimes we opt to enjoy some of the scenic wilderness here in Missouri. This time...

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Independence Day Yakking

Independence Day Yakking

Posted on Jul 8, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dad got a kayak the other day and wanted to try it out.  I am always looking for an excuse to kayak, so we took them out over the holiday weekend!  As it turns out, this creek was also the first creek I floated with my kayak when I bought it about 10 years ago.  I can’t believe it’s been that long! We set out fairly early and were in the water by around 9 or so. What dad will learn is that if you go kayaking with me, you will probably end up in lots of pictures....

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Sandstone Trail

Sandstone Trail

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Photography, Places I Go, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Stephy suggested I do a hike or something for fathers day. So I took the opportunity to get in some “training” for an upcoming backpacking trip. After tossing around several ideas, I finally set out for Prairie State Park, armed with my 17-40mm wide angle lens and a backpack full of unnecessary baggage, just to help get me into shape! I have been wanting to visit this park during the summer when wildflowers are in bloom, but the prairie is notoriously lacking in...

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Ozark Adventure

Ozark Adventure

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Rural America | 1 comment

The other day Emma asked me if we could do another “long” hike sometime soon. So naturally I started making arrangements for us to do a 10.2mi hike in a wilderness area where I have hiked and backpacked a few times before. When the day came, we left the house bright and early and drove to the trail. The girls always want to stop and add rocks to these piles when they see them. Since this area is a “wilderness”, it is by law generally void of anything...

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Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 2 comments

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in the Smoky Mountains.  It’s my second visit to the area so I’ve started to learn a lot more about this interesting and beautiful area.  Like the Ozarks, the Smokies change dramatically with the seasons. I’ve only seen the Smokies in winter, so I am sure it would be interesting to see another season when the deciduous trees aren’t bare.  Many people may not think of winter as a time to hike, but...

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