Here and There

Springfield Falling into Fun

We’re so lucky in Springfield! Each season, we have the wonderful experience of a new time of year and the changes that result. Coming soon is one of the best seasons: autumn. That’s when the temperatures cool and we get the pleasure of watching the leaves change from green to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Along with the outdoor changes, ... Read More »

So Much To Do …

Growing up, Mom always said summer was pretty much over after July 4. I hated that notion, but now understand what she’s talking about. The days of late July and August, though often punishingly hot, do move pretty fast. And while school is on the horizon, there are plenty of things to do in Missouri before the kids get back ... Read More »

Red Oak II, words can’t describe

Red Oak II house

I have heard a lot about Red Oak II since I started working for the Missouri Division of Tourism, but I never fully understood what it was. I knew it was a community that had been built on a few acres by artist Lowell Davis and that it had open, closed and re-opened throughout the years. I recently returned from ... Read More »

Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see. Here are just a few ideas ... Read More »

Worth a return visit

Originally, I was going to be visiting the Southeast region of our lovely state this weekend. Hoping for a little bit of spring color, but alas, the weather is not cooperating. I started thinking about all the places I have taken photos in Missouri and how the weather interfered with my beautifully lighted, well composed and colorful photo intentions. What ... Read More »

From 66 to 61

Ellen takes a sip at Elbow Inn

After a whirlwind trip on Missouri’s portion of Route 66, MoPhotoGirl and I left St. Louis and Lambert Airport on a Missouri Mission. Our destination … Hannibal. More on that in a bit. First, let’s recap the Route 66 trek. In short, it was a blast. Tiring, yes. But fun, nonetheless. My part of the journey actually began in Lebanon, ... Read More »

Weekend outlook

The forecast around Central Missouri calls for rain showers today, but this weekend should be a great one around the state. Click this link to find some of the great activities scheduled for this weekend, http://tinyurl.com/y7nvdoc. Here are some options to consider for each region of Missouri: Northwest: Coalition of Historic Trekkers National Gathering at Fort Osage in Sibley (northeast ... Read More »

A Learning Experience

There is nothing I like more than going somewhere and finding something totally unexpected or learning something new.  In college, I went to Ireland for a week with some friends; not only did I find out Guinness was considered ‘old man’s beer’ by 20-somethings, I also got some sage advice about reasons NOT to kiss the Blarney stone. (I won’t ... Read More »

Ringing in Spring in Springfield

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Every day brings a new sign of spring in Springfield. First, the crocuses bloomed, and right now the city’s landscape is dotted with bright yellow daffodils. Next will be tulips and hyacinths and a flurry of events and activities spring brings with it. The Mizumoto Stroll Garden opened for the season Saturday, Dickerson Park Zoo expands its hours for summer ... Read More »