Campfire Chat

We’re packing for a different sort of trip

Spring Break 2011 we hiked the Berryman Trail. Spring Break 2012 we hiked Bell Mountain, got spooked at Rock Pile Mountain, stayed at Marble Creek campground, spent a couple of nights at Johnson’s shut-ins State Park at a campsite with a built in balcony, visited Taum Sauk and hiked the Mina Sauk trail and I […]

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What to do when lost in the woods – 1946 Forest Service flyer

“What to do when lost in the woods” is the title of a 1946 Forest Service flyer. When I read the title on Twitter and I was immediately intrigued. I wondered what long-lost gems I might learn, and I wondered if there’d be any out-of-date ideas I could chuckle at. So I followed the links and eventually found the original text

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Ozarks Walkabout

Ozarks Walkabout Title Slide

We had always wanted to get out and hike among the fantastic scenery we knew our local area of the Ozarks has to offer. but we had two problems. Finding out how to get started and where to go. It all seemed to be a well kept secret. Unless you know someone who’s been there and done that, it was very difficult to find out what to do and where to go.

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Getting Everyone Onboard…Overcoming Obstacles

Teen girl lying by her tent reading a book on her iPod while on a camping trip.

If you’re wanting to go camping and your significant other or children aren’t as enthusiastic as you are, perhaps there are some unspoken objections they have. Take a look at the list below and see how many of these you can address. I’ll bet you’ll find yourself surrounded with family if you can overcome these common obstacles.

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What’s this about Kayaks?

Teen girl paddling her kayak on Stockton Lake while her father watches from his kayak.

There are several types of kayaks and many new styles have come out in the last few years. Kayaking is quickly becoming a popular sport, and for good reason. Nearly everyone lives near a body of water. Kayaking requires (aside from purchase of the kayak, paddle, and life jacket) little outlay of cash. You can enjoy time on the water without having to deal with the expense and struggle of owning a motorized boat. And best of all it can be as easy and peaceful…or as challenging and demanding as you want to make it.

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Camping

Camping, it’s wonderful! The wide star filled skies, campfires and relaxation. At its simplest, camping is sleeping on blankets under the stars. At the other extreme it’s a fully decked out RV.

We’ve made finding where to go camping easy by bringing together all the various agency’s websites into one place, along with helpful articles to get you started and help you make your camping trip a success.

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Kayaking

Besides hundreds of miles of rivers to float, the Ozarks are blessed with dozens of man made reservoirs with clean water, healthy fish and easy access. All of them are fantastic for kayaking

Read our tips for getting the best kayaking and canoeing experiences.

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Backpacking Trial Run – Weekend Camping at Berry Bend

This weekend we tried out our backpacking gear. Friday evening we took several kids to Kansas City for a church event. We needed to be on hand to collect them again Sunday afternoon, so we left Lanie in the capable hands of Ginger’s cousin, put Getzger in charge at home and once we’d dropped the […]

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Camping at Berryman Trail & Camp

Mark Twain National Forest sign for Berryman Trail and Campground

Today we were up early (despite my late night fishing trip with Tom yesterday) and drove the 250 miles to St Louis, where we left the girls with their father to spend some time with him in Chicago. We then headed off to check out some nearby campsites. We’re really getting the camping bug. Camping […]

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