Tag Archives: Elephant Rocks State Park

Expert Advice from a Youth Corps Member

Water flows through shut-ins at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

Last summer was a dream come true; I was part of the State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC), which used federal stimulus money to put about  1,000 youths to work in Missouri’s fantastic state parks. Instead of revitalizing the park system physically like most of SPYC, I was one of 11 journalism students who spent the summer producing photo and video ... Read More »

‘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 »

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 »

Traveling in SE Missouri

Hello from MoTravelGuy! MoTravelMama and two of our friends from H/L are on a familiarization tour of the Southeast Region of Missouri and we’re having a good time. We saw an amazing mine in Bonne Terre and learned a lot about the history of mines at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site near Park Hills. We spent some time at ... Read More »