• Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Rugged Canyons and Rushing Waterfalls at Missouri’s Don Robinson State Park Sandstone Canyon Trail

    Length: 4 miles or about 2.5 if you use the connector plus an additional 0.6 miles of paved trail round trip from the trail head Difficulty: 3 out of 5, some moderate up and down hills. Can be muddy and slick after a good rain. Scenic Value: 3.5 out of 5 Don Robinson State Park is a site that has been on our bucket list to hike for the past couple years. This newer park located near St. Louis climbs through a rugged terrain of…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  Popular,  St. Louis

    Explore Scenic Views and Lost History at Missouri’s Castlewood State Park’s River Scene Trail

    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 thousands to enjoy the outdoor…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    A Walk with River Views on 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 the Cliff Cave County Park…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Uncategorized

    Exploring Pomona Natural Bridge & Quetil Trail near 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 to the level of adventure.…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Take a Trail Through Time at Pickle Springs Natural Area in Missouri

    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 summer, we managed to cover…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  National Parks,  Trips,  Uncategorized,  Utah

    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 well as a rating on…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  National Parks,  Off Road Trips,  Trips,  Utah

    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 overlook. There was a large…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  National Parks,  Off Road Trips,  Trips,  Utah

    COLORADO AND UTAH TRIP 2019 – DAY 9

    We were excited to start day 9 by showing the kids some areas we had visited before as well as exploring some new discoveries. After grabbing a quick hotel breakfast, we headed back out to Arches National Park to see some sights before the rest of the tourists showed up. The biggest tip I can give for visiting Arches or any National Park is to go early. Drag yourself out of bed at sunrise or before and it will be so very worth it. You…