Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

Plenty to do in Platte County

On a recent trip to Platte County, which includes part of Kansas City, along with cities such as Parkville, Riverside, Platte City and Weston, my eyes were opened to a variety of opportunities I didn’t know existed in the Show-Me State. So, what is there to do in Platte County? Well … For starters, Platte County is home to a ... Read More »

Fun Five at the Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair officially is underway in Sedalia. For the next 11 days, people will flock to the Missouri State Fairgrounds for fun, food, carnival rides and games, food, concerts, food, livestock shows, car races, truck and tractor pulls, and, in case I didn’t mention it, food. There are countless reasons to plan your trip to the Missouri State ... Read More »

Life at the Lake and Capital Fun

A recent outing in Central Missouri offered the opportunity to explore some “close to home” places I’d never been to or experienced personally. The journey started by spending a little time — not nearly enough to see and do everything, that’s for sure — in the Lake of the Ozarks area. The first stop on this trek was Ha Ha ... Read More »

An Experience to Remember

A beautiful blue sky over Bass' River Resort near Steelville.

We (our new photographer, Ben, and I, that is) recently had the opportunity for a photography/video shoot on the Courtois River. The goal was to capture anglers in action and beautiful nature scenes, and to get some video footage, to boot. Our other goal was not to tip the canoe. Much like baseball, two out of three ain’t bad. We ... Read More »

Exploring St. Louis

The last two weekends, I’ve had the opportunity to visit St. Louis for mini-trips centered around Cardinals ballgames. While in the area, my wife and I decided to see some of the sites and to explore areas we’d never seen. Last week, we spent time in the Soulard area. We strolled the Soulard Market, where you’ll find everything from baked ... Read More »

Conservation Atlas a Valuable ‘Staycation’ Tool

Planning a conservation-themed staycation leads you to beautiful areas of Missouri.

Bird watching, hunting, angling, camping, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, nature photography – what more could an outdoor enthusiast want in a summer vacation? If you live in Missouri, these and other outdoor adventures are never far away, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can help you find them. More than 1,000 conservation areas (CAs) let Missourians discover nature on ... Read More »

History Channel to Air TV Show on Lake Area Business

A few months back, in this very space, our own KatiesTrail wrote a post about a television pilot being filmed in the Lake of the Ozarks area. The working title was “$old” and the program was to air on The History Channel. The pilot filmed in the Lake Area focused on auctioneer Rick Bryant and his business. We received word ... Read More »

Cardinal Fan First

A week ago today, KatiesTrail and I had the privilege of attending Opening Day for the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. I’ve been going to Cardinals games for roughly 27 years, but 2011 marked my first time at Opening Day. Although the game ended up being a bit of a bummer, the Cardinals lost 5-3 to the San Diego ... Read More »

Get Out and Fish!

Scott Pauley

Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the Missouri Division of Tourism’s fishing and outdoors expert, says it’s a great time to get out to Missouri’s rivers, lakes and streams for a great fishing experience. We asked Pauley a few questions about early spring fishing in Missouri, in anticipation of some warmer days ahead. MDT: Temperatures are fluctuating around Missouri; we ... Read More »

Tradition Continues in Arrow Rock

The J. Huston Tavern, Arrow Rock.

Last weekend, I had the chance to visit a special open house for the J. Huston Tavern in Historic Arrow Rock. Located in the heart of Arrow Rock — the town itself is designated as a National Historic Landmark — the tavern has been serving travelers since the days of the Santa Fe Trail in 1834. Now under the management ... Read More »