Tag Archives: outdoors

Halloween Tricks and Treats from MDC

Get outside to discover nature in Missouri’s great outdoors! This Halloween, the Missouri Department of Conservation is digging into its field guide for the facts about Missouri’s wild things, both real and imagined. Get some Halloween tricks and treats from MDC by Discovering “Show-Me Freaks of Nature” by clicking here. Happy Halloween! Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »

Branson’s Birthday Bash

Here are the notes from my speech at the opening of the Branson Centennial Museum: The novelist, poet and author of The Prophet, Khalil Gibran said, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your ... Read More »

Madison County, Missouri – Where Past and Present Meet

If you’re looking for things to do in Missouri, visit Madison County. Located in the Saint Francois Mountains, our area features a perfect blend of rolling farmland and heavily forested hills with many creeks, rivers and lakes. Nestled amongst this natural beauty are the historic towns of Fredericktown and Marquand, each offering a unique experience to adventurers in Madison County. ... 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 »

Enjoy True Nature in Missouri

Ever feel like you’re living in a vacuum? Or a fishbowl? Or fighting your way through a mob scene in a horror movie? Let me tell you, I can relate. Been there and done that. But those feelings are easy to overcome. How? The answer is simple, inexpensive and no appointment is necessary: get out and commune with nature. Missouri ... 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 »