Tag Archives: outdoors

Missouri Outdoor Adventures: Don’t Let Them Bug You

Some years ago, a friend of mine who enjoys the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing – was asked if there was anything he DIDN’T like about being out in the wild. His response was classic: “If there’s anything I don’t like it would be what I call ‘Mother Nature’s revenge’: ticks, chiggers and poison ivy.” Personally, I would add …

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Springtime in Missouri and Golf is in the Air

I have a confession to make. I’m married to a golf addict.  I learned to golf in the interest of matrimonial harmony (to call me a duffer is to insult duffers everywhere) and I watch a lot of golf. I’ve always liked watching the older golfers best (more finesse in their games), and I think a skins game is absolutely …

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The Coolest Birds in Missouri

In Missouri, winter is for the birds. Literally. As January begins, bird watching opportunities abound across the state, indoors and out. And what better way to celebrate National Bird Day on January 5 than taking in the avian sights around the Show-Me State? Start by letting your spirit take wing at World Bird Sanctuary in Eureka, where you can meet …

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Retreat to the Ozarks in Pulaski County

Blue Jay Farm, nestled in a scenic valley of the timeless Ozark Mountains, is the definition of “escape.” Inspiring visitors for more than 75 years, this retreat beckons you and your family to relax and get back to nature. The seven-acre, spring-fed lake coaxes you to grab a rod and reel and to paddle its surface in a kayak or …

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Camping Season is Just Starting in Missouri

Buck the trend — you might find it’s worth it. When many people think of camping, summer is the first thing that comes to mind.  After all, camping season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, right? But — if you think of camping season beginning after Labor Day, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Autumn is actually one of …

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Cool off in Cape Girardeau

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

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

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

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

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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