Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

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 »

Random Topics

The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting a home playoff game for the first time in, well, a while, and it’s good to see the city so fired up for football. It’s hard to beat the playoff atmosphere in a city that loves sports, and Kansas City certainly is a sports town. The Chiefs have a tough opponent in the Baltimore ... Read More »

Let It Snow …

A massive snowstorm blanketed the Capitol a few years back.

I know snow isn’t the most travel  friendly form of precipitation, but I welcome it during the next couple of days. Hey, it’s a lot better than ice, right? I’m not asking for a blizzard (see picture of Missouri Capitol at left); but I would like more than a dusting. I have fond memories of snow-filled Christmas days growing up ... Read More »

Missouri Travel Guide a Great Trip-Planning Tool

The 2011 Official Missouri Travel Guide.

The 2011 Official Missouri Travel Guides are here; pick up your copy today at an Official Missouri Welcome Center, your local chamber of commerce or convention and visitors bureau, the nearest tourism information center, or order online at VisitMO.com or by calling 800-519-4800. If you’d simply prefer to view the digital version, click here.   We hope you enjoy this ... Read More »