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Trail of the Week-Elephant Rocks State Park:Belleview, MO

Trail of the Week-Elephant Rocks State Park:Belleview, MO

I’ve been too busy to blog lately so this post is a couple weeks overdue but I want to take the time to share this hike. We consider this one of the best in Missouri and perfect for families. The park gets its name from the unique and massive granite boulders that stand on end like a train of circus elephants. The largest of these boulders, known as “Dumbo” is estimated to weight 680 tons! The oldest commercial granite quarry…

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St. Louis Area Summer Fun List 2019

St. Louis Area Summer Fun List 2019

Each year I put together a list of fun St. Louis area places to go with the kids in the summer including museums, playgrounds, and parks. I also search though hundreds of events to come up with a good list of family friendly local events as well as vacation Bible schools. This list includes both sides of the river but the events are more focused on the Illinois side. I want to share this list with anyone who is interested…

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Trail of the Week – Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County

Trail of the Week – Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County

Cliff Cave Park is a St. Louis County Park. The cave has a long and varied history of being used as a tavern in the 1700s, then part of the Cliff Cave Wine Company in the mid 1800s and finally used by Jefferson Barracks soldiers for recreation. In 1969 Cliff Cave was purchased by the county and opened as a park in 1977. Last year the park received upgraded trails and facilities. Two miles of trail extensions were added to…

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Trail of the Week – Mina Sauk Falls

Trail of the Week – Mina Sauk Falls

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in Ironton, MO With all the rain lately, this is great time to visit this beautiful hike in Southeastern Missouri. This is a fairly rugged 3 mile trail, but the pay off is worth it to see Missouri’s tallest waterfall plus the highest point in the state. The start of the trail in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park has a short and paved trail that leads to a marker for the state’s highest point. Don’t…

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Trail of the Week – Hughes Mountain Natural Area in Potosi, MO

Trail of the Week – Hughes Mountain Natural Area in Potosi, MO

This hike is one of Missouri’s most unique. When I post photos from this spot online, people are often surprised to learn that such a place exists in Missouri. Now you can know about the unusual landscape and beautiful views from this easy and kid friendly hike. The trail’s main feature is the rock formation at the top known as Devil’s Honeycomb. The landscape was created as molten rock cracked and cooled. This same type of rock is what makes…

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Trail of the Week – Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri

Trail of the Week – Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri

One of our favorite places to hike near St. Louis is the Shaw Nature Reserve. Only about 30 min from the city, it feels a world away. The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis purchased the reserve land as a safe refuge for the plant collection from the smoke pollution of the 1920s. It has developed into a wonderful site to explore and view wildlife as well as view plants and habitat native to the Missouri region. The trails range…

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Johnson’s Shut-ins 10/27/15

Johnson’s Shut-ins 10/27/15

We loaded up and headed down to Johnson Shut-ins to do some easy hiking with the boy and the recently discharged wife. This was our first trip in the ‘new-to-us’ adventure mobile (’08 Mazda5). We were fully expecting the thing to be a penalty box, but it is actually a hoot to drive and it pulls down great MPG’s driving dumb: