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Trail of the Week-Castlewood State Park’s River Scene Trail: Ballwin, MO

Trail of the Week-Castlewood State Park’s River Scene Trail: Ballwin, MO

Length: 3.4 miles or about 2.5 if you use the connector Difficulty: 3 out of 5, some moderate climbing up to bluffs Scenic Value: 4 out of 5 The area around Castlewood State Park has been a popular escape for St. Louisans for decades. Amid the quiet beauty and wildlife here now, it’s hard to imagine that the park was once the site of a bustling resort that peaked in popularity after World War I. Trains delivered visitors by the…

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Trail of the Week – Mississippi Rivers Greenway at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis

Trail of the Week – Mississippi Rivers Greenway at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis

Length: 1.6 miles each way Difficulty: 1 out of 5, Paved whole length Scenic Value: 3 out of 5, Nice river views Great Rivers Greenway is a public agency in St. Louis with a mission to make the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways. So far the agency has developed over 125 miles of beautiful greenways and amenities throughout the St. Louis area. I posted here about…

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Trail of the Week – Pomona Natural Bridge & Quetil Trail: Alto Pass, Illinois

Trail of the Week – Pomona Natural Bridge & Quetil Trail: Alto Pass, Illinois

What do you do when your are feeling like winter is dragging on and you get a sunny 50 degree day in February? If you are a Midwest Nomad, you go hike! We decided to head out Saturday morning to combine two short and easy trails near Alto Pass, Illinois into one morning adventure. These trails are both located in the scenic and diverse Shawnee National Forest boundaries. Both of these trails were new hikes for us which just adds…

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Trail of the Week- Pickle Springs Natural Area near St. Genevieve, MO

Trail of the Week- Pickle Springs Natural Area near St. Genevieve, MO

If you are looking for a short and family friendly trail that still packs a scenic punch then Pickle Springs Natural Area in southeastern Missouri is a must see. Located about an hour south of St. Louis, The Trail Through Time path is a quick 2 mile loop hike through a variety of rugged and interesting geographical features. Quick being a retaliative term when hiking with kids and so much to discover! When we last hiked the trail over the…

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Family Fun in St. Joseph, Michigan – What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

Family Fun in St. Joseph, Michigan – What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

One of the destinations I get asked about the most is our yearly trip to St. Joseph, Michigan. From St. Louis, it is less than a 5.5 hour drive to this amazing family friendly vacation spot. Since we are already up north in Chicago at least once a year to visit family, it is easy for us to tack on a couple more days for a mini beach getaway. The view below never gets old. Things to Do 1. The…

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Our Favorite Family Hikes in Arches National Park

Our Favorite Family Hikes in Arches National Park

Since we have been to Arches National Park three times now (2010, 2012, and 2019) I figured it would be great to condense all that info in to one post on our top picks of places to hike as a family. Since it is impossible to do everything, I’ve also tried to help you select a trail by adding my own personal rating from 1-5 for how easy the trail is (1 being super easy, 5 being more difficult) as…

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COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 11

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 11

It’s always sad when this day arrives. That is, the day that marks the start of the end of the vacation. We loaded up the Merc after filling up on some hotel breakfast and headed north from Moab on scenic Highway 128. We made a brief stop again in Castle Valley for one last view as the sun rose.

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 10

COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 10

Day 10 started with a dramatic sunrise view and ended with enjoying our last Utah sunset of the trip. We began our day by leaving the hotel well before sunrise to head out to Dead Horse State Park for some sunrise photos. Dead Horse is well known as a great place to go for sunrise. The sun gradually rises to fill the canyon with golden red light. The wife grabbed some great photos while I entertained the kids on the…

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