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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Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Day / Weekend Trips, Photography, Places I Go | 1 comment

Sometimes I am reminded that Missouri, while not a national mecca for scenery and tourism, is actually quite a playground for those who appreciate nature.  This past weekend was one of those experiences.  We took a mini trip to a new state park called Echo Bluff, which is adjacent to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  ONSR is a national park that many people do not realize is a national park in Missouri. The main attraction here is paddling opportunities on the Current...

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Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Day / Weekend Trips, Photography | 0 comments

For a long time I’ve been wanting to take Emma on a mountain climb. So this year I decided to stop thinking about it and just do it, and we invited my dad and Steph’s dad to go with us.  I wanted something fairly difficult, with a good view, but not any severe exposure along the trail. Missouri has a near endless supply of scenic hiking, but the nature of the terrain means there aren’t a lot of isolated high points (it’s mostly ridges and deep...

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Roaring River

Roaring River

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 in Daily Grind, Day / Weekend Trips, Photography, Rural America | 1 comment

Some of my favorite days for hiking are the sunny, warmish days we occasionally have during the winter.  Although there isn’t typically a lot of color, I find the bare, neutral tone forest very relaxing.  Plus it’s very quiet, other than maybe the sound of the breeze. One of our favorite places to hike nearby is Roaring River.  We’ve been there a thousand times but I always enjoy it, especially now that the girls are old enough that I don’t have to...

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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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