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Cool off in Cape Girardeau

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The mercury keeps rising and the humidity makes it feel even hotter out … take advantage of the heat with these cool spots in Cape Girardeau! Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center The littlest kiddos and the most adventurous teens will have buckets of fun at Cape Splash.  A splash pad and a zero-depth entry watery playground keep your little tykes …

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Enjoy the Lake While It’s Hot

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STOP! It’s not over folks. I know as a kid, when August hit, I started dreading school starting. It was all over. I thought of it as if the world was coming to an end. Well, in my infinite wisdom as an (aging) adult I can now appreciate every day and every season for what it is. I am here …

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Check Out Missouri’s Brand New Echo Bluff State Park

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Echo Bluff State Park is one of those places you must visit to truly appreciate. The newest addition to Missouri’s robust State Parks system, Echo Bluff is situated along Highway 19 in northern Shannon County, between Salem and Eminence. The park officially opens July 30. The natural beauty and modern features will appeal to both hearty outdoors enthusiasts and to …

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Gear Up for Adventure on Missouri’s Katy Trail

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Missouri’s Katy Trail (technically Katy Trail State Park) is a popular pedestrian and bicycle path that runs across the heart of Missouri. Starting near St. Charles on the east, the approximately 240-mile trail parallels the Missouri River until it reaches the Boonville area, where it takes a southwesterly path through Sedalia to its ending point near Clinton.   The mostly …

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Floating in Missouri: The Calling of the River

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For nearly 30 years I have been involved in the paddlesports industry. I have witnessed thousands of float trips, and have even managed to sneak off for a few of my own. For me, every time I answer the call of the river, the conversation is familiar, yet as different as the water flowing through the stream. There is a …

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Camping Tips for Wine Lovers

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The great outdoors are calling. When you head out for your next Missouri camping adventure, remember these tips for enjoying wine while communing with nature. Ditch the bottle. If you’re really roughing it and don’t want the weight of wine bottles, transfer your wine to a re-sealable container like a beverage pouch. Some local wineries already sell wine in pouches. …

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Missouri Summer Camping Tips

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There is nothing quite like spending the night under the stars, serenely drifting off to sleep amid the peaceful chirps of crickets and the sound of trickling streams. That is, of course, if you’ve successfully packed the essentials for your camping trip. Unpreparedness can be a camper’s worst nightmare, leading to a restless night of shivering and itchy bug bites. …

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Spring Visits to Columbia Conservation Areas

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Spring is the perfect time to explore, and luckily, it’s easy to get out of the city in Columbia. That can mean jumping in the car and heading a few minutes out of town or just escaping into the woods at one of our many conservation areas. Here are some of my favorite places to connect with nature: Rocky Fork …

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Being in Nature Gets Kids Talking

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I was born with the gift of gab. I love talking to people—friends, family, even perfect strangers. So you can imagine my dilemma, distress really, that I have two boys, nine and 11, who rarely want to talk to me … THEIR OWN MOTHER! Over the years, I’ve tried numerous tactics to get them to talk and one solution always …

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Waterfalls & Cinnamon Rolls: The Perfect Spring Day in Parkville

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Spring is officially here and it’s time to get outside and explore! Although we didn’t have too harsh of a winter here in Platte County (around 5 inches of snow and just a few days in the single digits), spring is the best time of year; you get to ditch the coats and feel the sun on your face. What …

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