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Snowy Days a Prime Time for Hiking

It’s coming. In fact, it may be here by the time you read this. Some folks treasure the start of trout season. For others, it may be baseball’s opening pitch in spring. For me, one of the grandest days of the year is when I awake to a blinding sun reflecting off the first snowfall of winter. Prime time for ... Read More »

Victorian Santa Makes a Lasting Impression in Saint Charles

The 37th annual Christmas Traditions festival is in full swing, having kicked off in Saint Charles the day after Thanksgiving.  But fret not, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this year’s celebration, which continues until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. As in years past, we have more than 30 Christmas Legends characters roaming about the Main Street historic district, ... Read More »

Float Trips for All Seasons in Missouri

Veteran floaters who relish solitude may not appreciate my sharing this information, but, hey, Missouri has enough sparkling streams for all of us. My paddling group has regular spring, fall and winter floats. We look for a cold drink, a hot shower and a warm bed at the end of the day, so we book well in advance to get ... Read More »

There’s sugar in them there trees . . .

The days are already shorter.  The air is acquiring a sharper bite.  It’s hard to imagine the grey, cold indifference of winter could offer up one of Mother Nature’s sweetest gifts.  But winter does have its treats.  Sometimes you just have to go prospecting a little harder to find them.  Maybe even deep inside a tree. It’s really all about ... Read More »

Baldknobbers Celebrate Christmas Season in Branson

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The Christmas season is in full swing in Branson, Missouri. At Branson’s first show, the Baldknobbers, our Christmas show opened last week.  During November and December, in the first half of the Baldknobbers Show, guests enjoy the best of this year’s country show. Then after intermission, the curtain goes up on Baldknobbers Family Christmas.  The Baldknobbers Christmas shows run through ... Read More »

Hello, Halloween!

How exciting! It’s not every day you get the opportunity to be a guest blogger representing Central Missouri on this delicious Missouri travel blog. Fresh off a frightful tour at the MO State Penitentiary in Jefferson City last week, I think I’ll stick to the season and talk about scary events planned for Halloween in Pulaski County, located in Central ... Read More »

Columbia Offers Tastes for the Season

With the leaves changing and students returning, autumn is an amazing time to be in Columbia. In addition to festivals and football, Columbia offers a variety of ways to enjoy the harvest season whether you want to eat it up or drink it down. A great place to start is the Columbia Farmers Market. Providing mid-Missouri with fresh, local products ... Read More »

Ride up to Pony Express PumpkinFest

I’ve always been a fan of fall.  My Irish skin doesn’t fare well in the hot summer months, so when the temperatures begin to dip around 70, my soul lets out a sigh of relief. I don’t know what I like more … the beautiful fall colors, the crisp morning air, the warm smells of comfort food, or just getting ... Read More »

Enjoying the Madison County Fair

Is there a place other than Missouri where you can find tractor shows, truck shows, cow-milking contests, greased-pig contests, turtle races, tug of war, pumpkin-seed spitting, goat milking, and carnival rides all in one place?  I doubt it, because Missouri has some of the best county fairs around, and, fortunately for Missourians, we have entered county-fair season. Madison County Fair ... Read More »