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Late Afternoon Paddle on the James River Above Lake Springfield

paddling on the James Rive in the late afternoon

I decided to ignore the temperatures in the high nineties and take the kayaks and our youngest daughter out for a short run on the James River. The plan was to put in at the Southwood Access point, go up river and drop back down-river and take-out at Lake Springfield.

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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 I wondered what long-lost gems I might learn, and I wondered if there’d be any out-of-date ideas I could chuckle at.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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