We’ve been to all 88 Missouri State Parks! Which one is your favorite?
We are on the long drive through Kansas, heading home after an epic road trip through the west to the Badlands, Black Hills, Devil's Tower, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountains. We have so much we want to write about and share from this trip, but I'm starting with the campground run down while the details are… Continue reading Campground Reviews From Our Big Trip West
We are preparing for a two week trip across the country and back - our longest family vacation yet. I thoroughly enjoy trip planning, choosing and planning out our destinations and activities, but meal planning has always tripped me up in the past. I loathe fast food restaurants, and spend a great deal of effort… Continue reading Meal Planning for RV Vacations
I have fond childhood memories of spending weekends at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Missouri. My parents are avid trout fishermen and my brother, sister, and I would join our parents, with the occasional babysitter, and relax under the giant Sycamore trees, feed fish in the hatchery, and walk the trails up and down the river and throughout the park.
Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a beautiful city park with more to offer than some state parks we've visited. The 1610 acres are centered around a lake with it's own campground, playground, hiking and mountain biking trails, swim beach, marina and docks for canoeists and kayakers. Several people were out relaxing, hiking,… Continue reading Lake Leatherwood, Arkansas
We just finished up a fantastic weekend, celebrating Mother's Day with friends while camping at the KOA in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The KOA was fantastic, Eureka Springs was celebrating their month-long festival of the arts, and our trip to Lake Leatherwood was sunny and beautiful. Eureka Spring and the Festival of the Arts I've been… Continue reading Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The majority of original prairie in Missouri has been lost to agriculture, but Prairie State Park is working to preserve a portion of this important ecosystem in western Missouri. Within the park boundaries, you have the opportunity to see many native plant and animal species, along with a reintroduced herd of 100 bison, and an additional… Continue reading Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, MO
With the high rainfall over the past two weeks, we jumped on the opportunity to take a waterfall hike in Northern Arkansas last Saturday. We managed to have childcare for the day, so chose a much more strenuous hike than what we are normally able to accomplish. The trail books describe a tough 4.2… Continue reading Eye of the Needle and Indian Creek
Much of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas is currently experiencing record flooding after weeks of heavy downpours. Our power has been in and out, and when the city utilities crew showed up in our front yard this morning, we decided to drive around and see how bad the flooding really was (from safe distances). We… Continue reading Waterfall Trail in Branson, MO
In the far reaches of our state lies a little known gem of a state park - Big Oak Tree. This state park features the largest concentration of champion trees anywhere in Missouri. A few of these giants are even national champion trees. It's an old growth forest and one of the only original… Continue reading Big Oak Tree State Park in East Prairie, MO