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My 50th State Park

I have been slowly visiting all the State Parks and Historic Sites in Missouri.  There are a total of 52 State Parks and 35 Historic Sites. In one weekend I managed to visit 11. During this trip, my favorite locations were the Battle of Island Mound and Watkins Glen Historic Site.

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Squaw Creek Wetlands

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Bottle Brush

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Around the lake at Wallace State Park

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Watkins Mill House

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The homestead

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At the factory

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Weston Bend looking into Kansas

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Along the trail at Crowder S.P.

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Small town america

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The town is named after the librarian

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Western Missouri Prairies

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at the Battle of Island Mound

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Robert Ford killed Jesse James here

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The Confederate soldiers prayed here

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from the church

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Battle of Lexington

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Lexington

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Serenity in the West

In March 2017, I spent some time exploring the National and State Park lands of the American West.  We drove 4000 miles and visited 9 states. These photos are some of my favorite because of how peaceful these locations were in the off season.  We made it to Chimney rock right at sunset and had the place to ourselves, and we visited Scottsbluff National Monument early in the morning before others arrived. Most people go south for spring break, I went North and was rewarded with rustic quietness.

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Chimney Rock


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Niobrara River of Nebraska


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Spearfish Falls


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Valley of Scottsbluff


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River Running Black Hills


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Moon Set at Scottsbluff


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Coffee with the Presidents


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Scottsbluff Summit

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Ice Webs – Wind Cave NP

Wind Cave National Park ranks highly among the US Parks.  I stumbled on to these beauties while driving through the backroads of the park.

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Just an ordinary Saturday…

I traveled across Missouri for a Science Olympiad Tournament, stumbled on to a state park, and discovered a little coffee shop. Not a bad day. 

Knob Noster gets its name from a few hills (called knobs).  Noster means ‘our’ in the indiginous people’s language from this area. 

Hiking in the winter means no ticks, no mosquitoes, and no other people.  Peace. 

Discovery Trail

Knob Noster State Park

Found Art

One of several lakes.

These are not the correct knobs.

This stream floods the road often

Friendly, welcoming place

The coffee passed the test. Excellent

Pastries. I tried the kolache.

The Wright Stuff

Tower Building

Hovercraft

Burnt Ends just like butter

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Missouri State Parks 

Missouri has 91 state park sites, and I have visited 54 of them.  I plan on exploring some each month in 2017 to visit them all.  I got an early jump on the project.  December 2016. I particularly like the black and whites.  It’s a little strange to me mixing the b/w with the color, but why not.  

Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site

Historic Downtown Blackwater

Rural roads of Saline County

Sappington Cemetery State Historic Site

Three Former Governors ‘Rest’ Here.

Outside of Boonville

Iron Kettle of Boonslick Saltworks

Boonslick State Historic Site Salt Creek

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site

Governor Dunklin Grave Site SHS

Bat box at Dunklin Grave Site on Mississippi River

Van Meter State Park bottomlands.

Scott Joplin House SHS

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Christmas at Six Flags

Six Flags introduced a new holiday season. Some nice moments…

Red poo emoji?

S’mores were available in s’mores land

Santa’s cabin

Charming areas around the park

Welcoming

Candy Cane Land

The call him, Mr. Freeze.

The Palace and light show

Away in the manger.

Angels lead the way to Santa?

Two iconic images

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Art of Rwanda 

My friends from Kigali returned to my school today.  They bring art, dance, singing, music and stories from their culturally rich country.  Pacifique travels the world telling his story to support his NIYO Cultural Centre. The organization keeps kids off the streets in Kigali and in school. 


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