Outdoor Adventure

Watch for Monarchs in Flight

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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 »

Next Time You Go Camping, Take a Picture

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The next time you go camping, take a picture. Take a lot, actually – they could prove useful to fellow campers. The Dyrt will be the first campground app and website built from user-generated content, showing campsites from a ground-level view. A simple version of The Dyrt website launched in June, and users are encouraged to send in “documentation” of ... Read More »

Five Fun 5Ks in North Missouri

2009 Hannibal Cannibal 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Hannibal

Hundreds and thousands of people running 3.1 miles may not sound like a fun activity to you. Yet, many people enjoy the activity and pay to be in organized races, relays or fun runs. I am one of them. The purpose of the fun run is to raise money for a worthy cause, the free T-shirt is a just a ... Read More »

Bird’s-Eye View of Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks becomes even more beautiful from the air.

As much as I would love for “thrill seeker” to be my official profession, I, unfortunately, can only claim that title on the weekends. From cliff jumping to para-sailing above sharks, I have done it all. But nothing quite prepared me for the thrill ride at Lake Ozark Helicopters, Inc. Ever since I can remember, riding in a helicopter has ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »

Sailing the Mighty Mississippi with Twain

Enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River in Hannibal.

Growing up, if you asked me my favorite place to visit, I would have said the library. I loved to read everything, from Judy Blume to J.K. Rowling, and of course, being a Missouri girl, Mark Twain. I was fascinated with the way his novels and short stories offered a great adventure you could revel in – one that led ... Read More »

Pauley Takes Second on Pro Am Circuit

Scott Pauley fishing Table Rock Lake in the fall of 2012.

Consistency is the key. That’s the message professional angler Scott Pauley drives home after finishing second in the Central Pro Am’s Angler of the Year tournament circuit. Two top five finishes and one top 10 finish propelled Pauley toward the top of the leader board, and the second-place finish marks his best year on this bass-focused circuit’s pro division. Pauley, ... Read More »

Discover Outdoor Adventure in Pulaski County

The Big Piney River at Devils Elbow in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center invites you to explore our gentle and undiscovered Big Piney and Gasconade rivers. Centrally located in the heart of Missouri, and the heartland of the USA, we are the perfect destination for your family fun getaway. Here’s a letter from Larry Helms, president of the Pulaski County Outfitter Association, explaining why you ... Read More »

Discover Nature With a Staycation This Holiday Weekend

Explore Painted Rock Conservation Area at Westphalia.

As the long Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature as they celebrate the holiday. A close, easy and inexpensive way is through a “staycation” where you stay home or close to it, and venture out for day-trips. Explore nature near you Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, walking the woods, picnics, fishing, ... Read More »

Enjoy the Water: 10 Fun Missouri Floats

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Editor’s note: Writer Tom Uhlenbrock has spent a lot of time on Missouri’s floatable rivers and streams. Here, he outlines 10 trips you might consider for your Missouri float-trip experience. The list features destinations in the Ozarks, with a few lodging choices. Anglers may prefer other rivers like the Big Piney or Gasconade for fishing, although the cold, clear floating ... Read More »