Outdoor Adventure

‘What’s So Great About Giant Rocks?’

Elephant Rocks State Park

I’ve talked about it for years, suggesting it as a weekend destination to my kids … Elephant Rocks State Park, that is. I’ll admit it was a hard-sell to them; “What’s so great about a bunch of giant rocks?” they’d ask. “These are enormous, prehistoric giant rocks,” I explained to them on more than one occasion. Finally the decision was ... Read More »

A Natural Wonder

The viewing platform at Columbia Bottom overlooking the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Ok, so we don’t have the Rockies.  Niagara Falls lives in another state.  And the oceans—we’ll I guess they’re on permanent vacation elsewhere.  But there still is a world-class, natural wonder right here in Missouri!  And it’s really amazing. Did you know the Mississippi-Missouri River system is considered the third largest in the world?  Unless you’re planning a trip to ... Read More »

Fall Floats in Missouri

Take a float trip for some 'you' time

This is the perfect time of year for taking in the beautiful outdoor scenery while on a float trip.  One way to enjoy a float is by using a single-person float tube which is powered by the use of your legs and feet (some people even use a small motor).  A float tube is a large u-shaped tube with a ... Read More »

Zipping over MO

Blog written by: Becky Heeren, Missouri Division of Tourism Independence Day weekend was nearly here and my friend’s very worldly, 12-year-old granddaughter was due in from Phoenix on Saturday. The mission impossible was to find something to fill her time; something that she hadn’t already done a dozen times; something that would be memorable. As you may know, many 12-year-old ... Read More »

Just the Facts …

The Mississippi River in downtown Hannibal.

“Get the facts first, then you can distort ‘em as you please” – Mark Twain This is one of my favorite quotes by Hannibal’s favorite son, Mark Twain.  It runs across my mind whenever I am working on fending off a half-truth or misconceptions, which are apt to appear from time to time. This spring was a prime example.  Just ... Read More »

I pick, you pick, we all pick at you-pick farms

you-pick

Peer pressure, it really is a good thing, at least at my age! My friends, who have kids, kept going on and on about this great little you-pick farm in Jamestown, Mo., and how I just had to take my son. I admit it, I gave into the peer pressure and took him, completely unsure of what I was getting ... Read More »

Spring in the Step

Ok, so, after a few days on the couch watching the NCAA Tournament, who isn’t in the mood to play some hoops? I certainly was on Sunday and found a few like-minded souls. After nearly two hours of running, jumping and shooting (poorly, I might add), I was exhausted. Although my joints hurt and my legs were about as sturdy ... Read More »

The First Signs of Spring

The start of the course

Sunday is the beginning of Spring. I can’t say it feels like it yet, but this weekend, eight miles outside of Fredericktown, Missouri’s 43rd annual Whitewater Championships are going to be held. Events start at 9:30 a.m. March 20-21; the championships are run on the St. Francis River. I can’t kayak. I tried once, first in a pool and then ... Read More »

Girlfriend Getaways in Missouri

Girlfriend getaways. For those that take them, this means you are now thinking of all the fun times you and your friends have had and thinking you need to start planning the next one. If your group of girlfriends is like mine, you are always looking for new ideas and things to do. Missouri has so many choices, even for ... Read More »

Back home

It’s good to get home after a long trip, but we had a fun time in Southeast Missouri. Since we’ve been back, I’ve thought of a couple things to share. First, if you’re traveling and going to be doing any outdoor walking or climbing, wear tennis shoes, not flip flops. When we were at Elephant Rock State Park, MoTravelMama had ... Read More »