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The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands 4/6/19 – Part 1

The Mighty Merc – 9th ORT At The Badlands 4/6/19 – Part 1

We’ve been a bit overdue for a weekend trip, so when the option for a trip out to the Badlands came up, the opportunity was seized to make a long weekend out of it. Coming off the high from finally get lots of things sorted on the Merc, we were ready to start putting some miles on it to find out what the next round of maintenance needed to be. I can safely say this is the nicest the truck…

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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-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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Giant City State Park Nature Trail Hike 7-22-18

Giant City State Park Nature Trail Hike 7-22-18

We broke away from the never ending projects that come with building a new house (another post on that later) to run down to Southern Illinois for a bit. We need to start getting the kids to hike on their own as they are both getting to be a bit too heavy for carry around these days. So we choose the Nature Trail at Giant City (PDF of Brochure)  :

Klondike Park Hike 1-20-18

Klondike Park Hike 1-20-18

After suffering a bit of cabin fever, the weather broke and allowed us to get out this past weekend for a bit of a hike. This was the boy’s first “Big Boy” hike and he managed to hike the full two miles all by himself. He had a few falls, but overall it went very well! We hiked the overlook trail as well as the Hogsback trail down the bluff: Both kids started out strong and made it up to…

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Salt Lick Point and Water Reserve Hike – 8/19/17

Salt Lick Point and Water Reserve Hike – 8/19/17

We started out early on a Saturday morning with hopes of beating the heat and pointed the nose of The Mighty Merc down Bluff Road: As we pulled into the parking lot, the hopes of beating the heat were quickly dashed as it was warm and humid already: But we loaded the kids on our backs and pressed on heading up the Salt Lick Trail which winds its way up to the top of the bluff: It wasn’t long before…

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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: