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.
Knob Noster State Park
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
Burnt Ends just like butter
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
Six Flags introduced a new holiday season. Some nice moments…
Red poo emoji?
S’mores were available in s’mores land
Charming areas around the park
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
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.
A brilliantly sunny November day lured us to one of Missouri’s best state parks – Meramac. Although I didn’t notice a single bird, we did find a wasp carting away an immobilized spider, a woodchuck basking in the sun, frogs glistening in Sheep’s Cave, and tadpoles and minnows dancing around in the creeks. The Sycamore’s stark white bark reflected the bright rays of the sun in a spectacular fashion. A chilly morning hike followed by lunch on the river and accented by the exploration of a cave provided us with a stunning backdrop for a day out with friends.
algae covered fungi
miniature puff balls
the third mushroom
a thin violet line
deep reds of fall
let them be…
from the Fern Trail
from the inside out
Indian Cave Trail
The Meramec River
A nursery of young Sycamores
bands of autumn
ice cold wading
no visitors allowed
A journey to the center of the Earth
A full summers worth of weeding, mulching, pruning, and planting makes one last show of beauty.
Two days in the forests of Missouri. My favorite things:
- Puffy clouds of mist drifting over creeks and rivers in the morning
- The distinct sweet smell of white oak forests
- odd shapes of sassafras leaves changing from yellow to red to maroon
- Eagles, kestrels, red-tailed hawks all searching for food
- Cool clear streams
580 miles in two days. 10 state and national park sites.
Autumn Round Trip
covered bridge at Bollinger Mill
Boardwalk at Big Oak State Park
Mammoth Springs Arkansas
reflecting on a creek
Fern at Grand Gulf State Park
Fall along the Mississippi River
a collection of fall leaves
slough in the Bootheel of Missouri