We enjoy the Lewis Trail in Weldon Spring Conservation Area. We live near it and it helps a "get away" for the afternoon even when we are busy and can't go very far. We hike this 8-mile trail backwards because it gets us to the pretty views faster and it is usually less crowded and quieter. There isn't much elevation change in this walk in the woods and the trail is well marked.
It started to rain about half-way through our intended hike, but it only made the day more perfect. The clouds at the lookout over the river were intriguing the rain was never very heavy. A great day for a hike! You can check out more by clicking on our YouTube video below.
It has been awhile since I have blogged anything. Sorry about that. That doesn't mean that we haven't been traveling! As a matter of fact, September was so busy with hiking that we got in more than one hike a weekend sometimes! We started out September with Onondaga Cave State Park visiting Cathedral Cave. Bring your flashlight for this trip! It was a great tour, but it's all in the dark.
Please check out our YouTube video of this hike!
The next weekend, we hiked at Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois. This park on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, is a great park with sweeping views of the river valley. We had a great time and got to introduce Trekker, our new mascot.
The next weekend we headed out on a road trip! We visited Grand Gulf State Park in Southern Missouri and Hercules Glades Wilderness Area in Mark Twain National Forest near Branson, MO. The state park had a lot of punch in a little space! We enjoyed our time there and would like to go back to see it in Winter. If the Glades would have been running (to see the waterfall) that would have made the trek at Hercules Glades more scenic. We had a great time anyway. We were very glad we had a map and the know how to follow it. That 6-mile hike could have been LOTS longer, if we hadn't had what we needed. Please check out the videos on these 2 unique parks.
Last weekend, we had visitors with us that aren't hikers, but we wanted to get outside for a bit. The Confluence Point State Park in Missouri was just the ticket. It is a quarter-mile walk that ends with a neat view of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
This was really long! Thanks for reading to the end! I will try to be better in October! In the meanwhile, keep on trekking!