June 26 might not have been the BEST day to pick to hike in Missouri. Especially since we were starting our 8+ mile hike in the late morning. It was already 90 degrees when we started at 11:00 am. But, this was the hike I chose to start this adventure in publishing our hiking adventures. It has a gorgeous spring half-way through that I wanted to show off. I just knew it was going to be GREAT!
We had treated our clothes for bugs the night before and have packed our backpacks with plenty water and food. We didn't really have a time schedule, so we could take as many breaks as was necessary. We were ready for whatever the trail would throw at us.
The hike started out joyfully enough. The shade of the trees was nice and the bugs weren't bad at all.
The first quarter of the trail travels along a creek or storm run off path. It was mostly dry, but we haven't had much rain all June long. It was quite enjoyable. Once we crossed the highway, we left the creek bed behind us and were walking in bottom lands with tall trees, but more sunlight filtering through (very pretty). The bugs, however, were a bit of pesky.
At the 4.5 mile point, we got to Copper Hallow Spring. It was lovely here. We were in the shade of the bluff and the temperature dropped considerably. Of course, the water coming out of the spring was very cool and that helped as well. We enjoyed a bite to eat and dropping our packs for a few minutes there. The creek crossing at the mouth of the spring helped to cool off our feet (even through our boots). It was great! If we could have teleported back to the car from there, the day would have been perfect!
The rest of the trail was much of the same as the first part only the bugs were horrible. I LOVE walking in the woods! We saw deer, chipmunks, lots of butterflies, and a box turtle. We also got swarmed by gnats and mosquitoes. There are some beautiful parts to the back half of the wilderness trail. We didn't take much time to take it all in on this trek. We walked to beat the bugs. Next time, I will plan to hit this trail in the cooler months of the year. This trail is a definite one to keep on the list of favorites. I took a few pictures and some video. To see the full version, please check it out on YouTube.
Until next time, keep on trekking!