Gear For Day Hiking With Kids

With over a decade of hiking as a couple, and almost nine of those years with at least one child, we have settled into a solid routine of packing and preparing for a hike. During that time, we have also become loyal to several specific brands and types of things we prefer to take on… Continue reading Gear For Day Hiking With Kids


Campground Reviews From Our Big Trip West

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

Roaring River State Park (Cassville, MO)

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, Arkansas

  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

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, MO

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

Waterfall Trail in Branson, MO

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