Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

Big Games, Big Fun

While a good chunk of the sports universe is focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, folks in the Midwest have their eyes set on a different game. Missouri. Kansas. Saturday night, the rival Kansas Jayhawks come to Mizzou Arena to face the No. 4 Missouri Tigers. With the Jayhawks ranked No. ... Read More »

Mark Twain, For President?

A new candidate has emerged in this year’s presidential race, and while his thoughts and theories aren’t always politically correct, they are always entertaining. The Mark Twain for President Campaign is making its way across the U.S., and a lengthy promotional tour is scheduled this summer in Twain’s hometown, Hannibal. You can hear Twain’s political views at the Planter’s Barn ... Read More »

Another End-of-Year List

It seems December of every year brings with it an onslaught of “best of” lists spotlighting everything from the best movies and songs, to moments and news-making events of the past 12 months. Here in Missouri, we’re blessed with so many wonderful people, places and events, we could do a “best of” list every day. But this year has been ... Read More »

Seasonal Celebrations Abound in Missouri

Christmas is 10 days away, which means you need to do two things: 1) Finish your shopping; 2) Enjoy the fun events happening around Missouri during this season of celebration. In every corner of the Show-Me State, celebrations of all sorts take place as 2011 winds to a close and 2012 draws near. Whether you’re interested in drive-thru light parks, ... Read More »

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 »