Cave Finding

Cave Finding

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Day / Weekend Trips, Places I Go | 0 comments

One of the best things about exploring Missouri is finding and exploring caves. It’s harder than it used to be because most of the caves on public land have been gated, due to vandalism and/or bat disease prevention. But not all of them. Not long ago I was looking at some old USGS topo maps and noticed a cave marked in an area where I like to hike. Naturally me and the girls tried to find it the next time we were there but we had no luck. Recently I made another, more...

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Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Photography, Places I Go | 0 comments

Rocky Mountain National Park was my first experience with the mountains.  I was about 6 years old and it is one of my earliest vacation memories. I’ve always thought of this place as one of my favorite hiking spots, although oddly enough I haven’t actually be there all that many times. It’s been nearly 15 years since my last visit. Not much has really changed over the years, as should be the case in a national park. With one notable exception… it...

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Eclipse Weekend

Eclipse Weekend

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips | 0 comments

Last weekend was a lot of fun.  Obviously the main attraction was the eclipse, but we did a lot of other things as well! When I first learned about the eclipse about a year ago I decided a couple things… 1) I had to be there to see it, with my family in tow.  2) I didn’t want to spend the short moments of awesomeness messing with my camera, so I wasn’t even going to try and take fancy photographs. I just wanted to watch and enjoy it.  I figured there...

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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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