• Illinois,  Popular,  Trips,  Uncategorized

    Visit to Casey, Illinois-The Little Town of Big Things

    At first glance the tiny town of Casey appears just like any other location in small town America. Like many small towns, this spot just off I-70 in eastern Illinois has seen a loss in population and manufacturing as people and jobs moved on to bigger cities. However, the town of Casey has reinvented itself in a big way. It all started when one of the residents decided to try and fight the decline by attracting more attention and business back to his hometown. The…

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    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.…

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    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,  Missouri,  St. Louis,  Trips,  Uncategorized

    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 from an easy paved stroll…

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    We’re still around!

    So there hasn’t been much to say on here lately, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot going on! After much debate, we finally pulled the trigger and sold our house that has been home to us for the past 12 years: There was a lot of stress and drama associated with this deal, but it is done and behind us now. We now have our stuff scattered to the winds, and the new house is currently under construction. Hopefully we will be…