Tag Archives: Missouri

Missouri’s Tallgrass Prairies: The Show-Me-State’s Big Sky Country

Carpets of scarlet Indian paintbrush, pink shooting stars, lavender wild hyacinth and other early spring wildflowers are the “first wave” of blooms to blanket Missouri’s original prairies. After fall and winter prairie burns, these beauties emerge from the charred earth, followed by a succession of taller wildflowers like late-spring and summer blooming coneflowers, milkweeds, blazing stars, and many native grasses. ... Read More »

Big Games, Big Fun

While a good chunk of the sports universe is focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, folks in the Midwest have their eyes set on a different game. Missouri. Kansas. Saturday night, the rival Kansas Jayhawks come to Mizzou Arena to face the No. 4 Missouri Tigers. With the Jayhawks ranked No. ... Read More »

Missouri: A Winter Wine-derland

If you think wineries are only for the warmer months, think again! I find them to be a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle, finish shopping, warm up and relax. Decorated for the holidays, and ready to greet you, are more than 100 wineries throughout the state. As the vineyards go into hibernation, the wines ferment and the ... Read More »

Hunting With My Dad Not Typical Outdoor Experience

My Dad used to be a hunter.  He would store his “harvest” in the garage refrigerator for my brother and sisters and me to enjoy at our pleasure.  The garage refrigerator is an appliance that you will find in all of our homes. Dad’s “trophies” were aluminum, plastic, or sometimes bottled.  He did not pursue any firearm hunting.  Dad liked ... 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 »

History Nerd?

Go ahead, call me a history nerd. It’s okay, I often refer to myself that way. You see, I have a real love for history.  Yes, I do possess an ability to recall names and dates, but mostly I think about history in terms of stories; stories of love, passion, murder, intrigue, war and sabotage.  History is every movie you’ve ... Read More »

Kansas City 2012 All Star Committee Travels to AZ

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Kansas City, Missouri will be the host for the 2012 Major League Baseball All Star Game.  This is a significant and historic event for our area, and a particular kudo for the State of Missouri, as we hosted the 2009 All Star Game in St. Louis.  That event was grand, and made history as one of the strongest performance events in the ... Read More »

Explore Washington County

Council Bluff Lake in Belgrade, Mo. (Photo by Melissa Gilliam)

Tucked away in south-central Missouri are nearly a half a million acres of quiet Ozarks hills, beautiful lakes, charming businesses and great destinations for day trips and overnight getaways. Whether you’re looking for camping, hunting or shopping, Washington County is worth exploring. Washington County boasts beautiful landscapes and outstanding opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. Mark Twain National Forest covers much ... Read More »

Time to Explore Missouri’s Wonder

Explore the fun and history at Mark Twain Cave.

“It is strange and fine – Nature’s lavish generosities to her creatures.” – Mark Twain Anyone who has traveled much in the state of Missouri knows the wide variety of gems Mother Nature has given us.  With the power of the personal camera, anyone can capture their own breathtaking river view, modern skyline, rustling prairie, or golden sunset. It’s amazing ... Read More »

Civil War Murals on Route 66 in Cuba, Mo.

The Civil War-related murals in Cuba, Mo.

People usually don’t think of Route 66 in conjunction with the Civil War, but as the U.S. commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Cuba, Missouri, known as the “Route 66 Mural City” can boast a Civil War attraction. As part of its outdoor mural project, Viva Cuba, a community betterment organization, commissioned 12 outdoor murals along the Route ... Read More »