We used to go shopping and to lunch for Black Friday. This year, Kay's Mom suggested we #OptOutside at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. We had an AMAZING time. There was a program at Woodlands Nature Station about a "Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals" that we decided to take in. We are so glad we did! Our family is not into hiking, so Ranger Programs are great events for us.
We got to see and learn more about a coyote, an opossum, deer, turkey, and red wolves. They have many other animals too. We got some great pictures of so many things we don't get to see everyday. Please see those below and enjoy the video! Thanks for stopping by. Keep on trekking!
We love that we have so many state parks close to our home! As the Autumn leaves were fading last weekend, we decided to head out to a new trail at Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Missouri. We chose to try out a new trail, The Old Schoolhouse Trail. The description said that it had the foundation of a one-room schoolhouse, so we were excited to see that as well as views of Lake Lincoln.
There is not much elevation to this hike. It is pretty much a walk in the woods. The trail is nice and wide. The views of the lake are very nice. We had a great time on the trail looking at the remnants of the Fall colors.
Check out our hike below. Thanks for watching and keep on trekking!
As we approach Veterans' Day, I got to thinking about our trip to Shiloh National Military Park over Memorial Day weekend. Any trip to a National Cemetery is a sobering one. Battlefields are never celebratory places, instead they are places of remembrance. In its place on the river in the Tennessee, Shiloh is beautiful, but as we traveled around through the process of the battle, we couldn't help feel saddened by the lives lost in that place. There are several mass graves on the battlefield where soldiers are not identified, but instead buried with those they fought and fell with under the title of "Confederate Dead". In thinking on Veterans' Day, I hope that this reality doesn't come to pass again in our American History.
During our visit, the National Park Service was holding Cannon Fire Demonstrations. A Park Ranger would describe the process of firing the cannon during the Civil War and re-enactors would go through the process and then fire the cannon. It was so bone jarring with one cannon! Imagining many firing at the same time as well as gun fire is not possible for us. Please see the demonstration below.
While our tour of Shiloh Battlefield was not "fun," it was touching and reverent. As we walk into most National Parks with a sense of reverence, this National Military Park was even more so. Please take a moment this Veterans' Day to thank all the Veterans that have fought to allow our country to be a place worth living in. We are exceeding grateful for their service on our behalf.
This year, Missouri has been vibrant with Autumn colors through the end of October and the first of November. We have enjoyed being outside so much in the last month! Our eyes have been assailed with colors at every turn.
We started our Autumn color hunting in the beginning of October with Elephant Rocks State Park and found that the foliage was just starting to turn.
Those color were good and ERSP is always a great road trip, but what was waiting at the end of October was even more fantastic!
The third weekend of October was rainy, but we had signed up for a guided hike with St Charles County Parks Department, so we hit the trails in the rain. We weren't sure how nice the colors were going to be int he rain, but we were SO surprised!
These colors at Klondike Park were pretty, but there was still so much green out there that we knew that it would get better. The first week of November was so busy that by the time Saturday rolled around, we needed to get outside for an escape. We were told that we should try out Matson Hill Park in Defiance, MO. We had not been there yet, so we decided to give it a try. HOLY COW! The park is for trails only (hikers and mountain bikes) and the COLORS were unbelievable! It was one of those time when we knew that this was the best medicine for our weekly blues.
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Getting up before dawn is TOTALLY worth it for hikes like this! We drove the 45 minutes north from Las Vegas, NV to get to Valley of Fire State Park. It was a great idea in July! We arrived at the park before 7:00am and were greeted by some 4-legged residents of the park. The bighorn sheep were very fun to watch and a great way to start our visit.
Our next stop is the parking lot at the Fire Wave Trailhead. The Fire wave is a Aztec Sandstone formation that looks like an ocean wave. It was a Beautiful way to start our day in the desert.
This wasn't the only hike we took in Valley of Fire State Park. You can see the rest of our visit below. It is a place we will certainly visit again.
Until next time, keep on trekking!
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, we headed out to meet the St Charles County Parks Department for a guided hike at Klondike Park. We found this event on their Facebook Page. We had never attended such an event with the the Parks Department, so we were hoping that it would be something we enjoyed and not "just for kids".
We met Bekin and Tom at Picnic Shelter #1 and realized that we were the only one's that signed up for the hike (and it was raining), so the hike would be whatever we needed it to be. Our guides were friendly and knowledgable. They both wanted us to have a great time in their park and to show us unique places and plants that we might not know about. They accomplished that goal.
On the first part of our day, we hiked around the Lake Loop. We learned about endemic and invasive plants in our area. We decided to use this as an opportunity to try a Live Stream on YouTube. The connectivity wasn't always what the stream needed to be, but it was a fun "first try".
On the Second part of the event, we got to hike the Power Line Trail. It was a new Trail for Happy Trails Hiking and we were excited for the "new roads". Our edited video from that part of the adventure is. below. Special thanks to Bekin and Tom for allowing us to video the hike. We had a great time at will take part in these events when we are able. Keep on Trekking!
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