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An Ideal August for Floating in Missouri

Floating the Current River

It seemed as if the hot, dry days of summer ended in early August for many of us in southern Missouri.  Record setting rainfall led to flooding in many areas and caused the rivers and streams to rise above normal.  The brief period of cooler temperatures fooled us into thinking fall was on the way, but summer isn’t over yet! ... Read More »

Enjoy Fall Fun in Sikeston

Sikeston.Cotton-Ramble.All-Bikers-Welcome

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a week-end of fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston. Located half-way between St. Louis and Memphis, you find us at the junction of I-55, I-57 and U.S. 60. We invite you to celebrate our cotton heritage and fall fun in Sikeston with the 5th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and ... Read More »

Join the Fun at Festival of the Little Hills

Festival of the Little Hills

The Fete des Petite Cotes, or Festival of the Little Hills, was founded in 1969 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the City of St. Charles.  The original festival featured summer picnics and community-wide, family friendly contests, covering a mere four-block area of South Main Street in the St. Charles historic district. Today, Festival of the Little Hills encompasses Main ... Read More »

Highway 36 Serves Up Innovation

There are so many family fun things to do along the northwest section of Highway 36.

  Highway 36, also known as “The Way of the American Genius,” holds valuable Missouri history along a cross-state section of northern Missouri. From Mark Twain in Hannibal, to Walt Disney in Marceline, you find many claims to fame along the highway, but my favorite is “The Home of Sliced Bread,” which is Chillicothe. If you are a bread lover ... Read More »

My Family Needs a Girl’s Weekend

Missouri Bluffs Boutique, Weston

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca I can tell it’s getting close, and boy, am I ready. Coming up in a few weeks, I will join three cherished girlfriends on a long-awaited getaway weekend in Weston, Missouri. My Pinterest board is already underway – partially to get organized, but mostly because it just makes ... Read More »

Tiny Arrow Rock is Big on Charm

Chez Trappeur restaurant

Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri. I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm. The first item on our agenda was a ... Read More »

Ralls County has a Worldly History

St. Paul Catholic Church

Ralls County is rich in history. Not far from Hannibal and Mark Twain Lake, the area was settled in 1821 by immigrants from many countries, including Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and Croatia, to name a few. People flocked to the area after Atlas Portland Cement was built and started recruiting European immigrants to work in the plant. Today, the area ... Read More »

Watch for Monarchs in Flight

Monarch

America’s most recognizable butterfly — the monarch — is poised to make its long southern migration to Mexico, and many of the beautiful orange, black, and white monarchs should be visible flying across Missouri as fall approaches. While our remaining prairies and other open habitats provide both food sources for the caterpillar larvae and nectar sources for the adults, loss ... Read More »

Climb So iLL

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Summer: the term so many people associate with boating, hiking, barbeques, and family trips. My thoughts on the word only bring up one thing: adventure. I am always looking for something new to do with my time, especially during the summer, and last weekend I found a great pastime that, in my view, is not enjoyed by enough people. All ... Read More »

A View of St. Louis, From the River to the Sky

Riverboat 1

St. Louis, a city known for its museums, theatres, Cardinals baseball, and great nightlife, has much to offer its visitors. And when it comes to amusing activities that offer a lot of variety for family trips, the city certainly isn’t lacking in options. A recent trip to St. Louis offered the opportunity to experience the atmosphere all over again, to ... Read More »