Tag Archives: outdoors

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

Table Rock Lake State Park in Branson.

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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Enjoy Missouri’s Spring Show

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I love springtime with its landscape of greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, purples and reds, not to mention the fragrant whiffs of fresh springtime air greeting me each time I venture outside. Warm breezes, bright sunshine and vibrant pops of color rejuvenate my senses. Yes, one of my favorite times of year has finally sprung! Take it from me, a stroll …

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Enjoy the Spring Weather in Jefferson City

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Regardless of the chill still in the air, spring has arrived and that means it’s time to end your hibernation and get outdoors in Jefferson City. There’s nothing quite as charming as the sea of redbud and dogwood trees surrounding our city as warmer weather nears. The streets are busy again while umbrellas begin to pop-up outside our favorite eateries. …

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A Guide to Missouri Wildflowers

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Spring is the season of renewal. Breezes are soft and warm. Tiny leaves emerging from awakening trees are a green you only see in this season. Bird song is at full volume. It’s the best time to explore Missouri’s outdoors – especially her forests. With the bluebird sky you’ve waited for all winter, Missouri’s state tree – the dogwood – …

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