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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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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Lights in the Night

Lights in the Night

Posted on May 13, 2016 in Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

Here is a photo I took the other night as some storms were slowly creeping their way towards the farm.  Often times when storms are coming it’s cloudy, but in this case the sky was completely clear so it provided an interesting opportunity to photograph lightning with a starry sky.  After hiking out into the field, I also discovered that the fireflies were out, so that added another component of interest! Stars, lightning, and fireflies – the trifecta of natural...

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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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Bike Across Kansas

Bike Across Kansas

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 in Daily Grind, Rural America | 0 comments

A few years ago I saw on the news where a bicycle tour was finishing in Joplin.  It was a Biking Across Kansas tour, which to me sounded awesome.  I tried for several years to find someone “enthusiastic” enough to participate in such an event but had little, actually no success.  Until 2 years ago when I mentioned it to my cousin’s husband, who quickly jumped on board with the idea even though he didn’t own a road bike. So we planned for 2016 and he...

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Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 in Photography, Places I Go, Rural America, USA | 0 comments

Between Christmas and New Years, we headed out of town with my wife’s parents for a few days in the great outdoors.  At first I wasn’t sure about the idea of taking my family on a trip to the mountains during winter because I wasn’t sure if anyone besides me would enjoy hiking and being outside in the cold.  The weather ended up being unusually warm for much of our trip, but even if it hadn’t, I still think we would have had a great time outside! Our...

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