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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The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands

The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands

After an excellent day prior exploring and hiking around the Parke county area (Turkey Run Visit, and Covered Bridge Exploration), I was anxious to get to our next stop on the Trip. That being The Badlands Off Road Park in Attica Indiana. It had been awhile since we were out here last (2013 trip in The Lone Ranger) so I was curious to see how much the park had changed in 4 years.

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.