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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Where to find Bountiful Bluebells near St. Louis

Where to find Bountiful Bluebells near St. Louis

One of my favorite spring wildflowers is the Virginia bluebell. They are native to Missouri and can be found in moist, wooded areas or floodplains. These delicate blossoms emerge in early spring and tend to peak around mid-April in our region. Here are three of our favorite area parks to see a stunning sea of bluebells in bloom. 1. Shaw Nature Reserve The Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri is a wonderful place to visit no matter the time…

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Trail of the Week-Indiana’s Turkey Run State Park

Trail of the Week-Indiana’s Turkey Run State Park

If you follow us on Instagram (@midwestnomadfamily), you may have noticed that we did a little road trip to Indiana over the weekend. One of the highlights of our getaway was a visit to one of Indiana’s prettiest parks, Turkey Run in Marshall. The park has 11 different trails that wander through rugged ravines and along scenic Sugar Creek. A couple of the trails even involve scrambling up a series of ladders through a deep gorge. If there has been…

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Kid sized work bench

Kid sized work bench

As the kids get a bit bigger (Read – I don’t have to constantly watch them), they have been spending more and more time out in the garage with me “Helping Daddy”. They are often looking for things to play with and tend to steal every tool within reach and scatter them around the garage. It’s quite a bit of fun, though it often means I spend a bit of time looking for the missing tools or other “projects” they…

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The Mighty Merc – Overdue Refresh

The Mighty Merc – Overdue Refresh

The end of 2017 and all of 2018 was nutty to say the least. Between work going crazy and the fun of building a house, the Merc has been neglected a bit. Very few wheeling trips, and zero preventative maintenance. Things have started to balance out a bit now on the home and work front, which meant I have been able to sneak some garage time in.

The Mighty Merc – 8th ORT at Flat Nasty Off-Road 12/1/18

The Mighty Merc – 8th ORT at Flat Nasty Off-Road 12/1/18

With a little goading from my internet friends, I made the trek down to Flat Nasty with another friend riding shotgun whom had never been off-roading before. It was great to meet up with a group of people that I have only spoken with online and it wise nice to be around people that have a similar philosophy in off-roading. There was definitely a bit of a mind warp so see so many pretty full sized trucks the mix. Unfortunately…

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The Mighty Merc – DVD Player mount

The Mighty Merc – DVD Player mount

Before heading out west, it seemed like a good idea to figure out a way to hold our portable DVD player for the kids. While I’m not really a fan of letting the kids veg out, I am REALLY not a fan of listening to tired whiny kids for 18 hours, so I made the concession to make the DVD player available to them during our long highway burn. But the way that the mount was made makes it easy…

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The Mighty Merc – Tablet Mount

The Mighty Merc – Tablet Mount

After having the benefit of on board GPS with my old PN-20, I knew I wanted another GPS solution in the Mercury. Preferably with a much larger screen than my old PN-20. The simple solution was to find some ‘cheap’ tablet with built in GPS which I could run a mapping app on. The extra flexibility of the Tablet means that I can also use it to extend my MP3 storage and run other applications like Torque. I settled on…

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