Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Poke weed fall color

No doubt if you are out and about this time of year you'll come across the beautiful colors of this plant 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rocky Falls, along the Ozark Trail in Missouri

The Sunday Drive

When I was a little kid we went on Sunday drives. Dad, mom and me and my little brother would jump in the car, get a dozen donuts at Danny Donuts on old route 66 and hit the road to explore.   Don’t know if my parents had any plan or destination in mind when we pulled out of the driveway or not, but I’ll tell you that those drives made memories that are still with me and some of my fondest.  I’m sure they stoked the fires of my curiosity, wanderlust and love of exploration, and travel that I have. (photo from the early 1970's Margo and brother Ward visiting Elephant Rocks State Park on a Sunday drive).

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Farm Knowledge 1929 books

I got myself these amazing books, published by Sears & Roebuck in 1929. Packed full of great info and photos. Love them

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seeing a lot of these

I feel like I'm seeing tons of praying mantis this year. Maybe all the rain has an affect. I like it whatever the reason.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Looking like Nova Scotia around here

I've got this thing about mushrooms, and lichens.  I was dubbed an official lichenologist by a school professor.  So with all the rain the south and Midwest has gotten I'm having a great time with all the fungi! BTW Nova Scotia is possibly the mushroom capital of the world. This one was seen in Tennessee.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Springtime on the Cumberland Plateau

It has been a long winter this year. Very cold and wet up here but now the flowers are coming out and the birds are busy. Plus yard sales!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Osage Oranges!

Not really an orange, fun to see in the Ozarks

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hunting Gun Season through November 20th

Please use extra caution when out on the trail, wear some safety orange as hunting is allowed along most of the Ozark Trail. From my experience the hunters who I've encountered along the trail have been nice, true sportsmen, not the sort of poachers you hear about on the news.  Remember that hunting is an important part of our Missouri conservation of wildlife and wild places. Enjoy the outdoors during this wonderful season

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December walks on the trail

It's too cold, it's too rainy, ah, it's just perfect for a tranquil and magical walk out in the woods. Here's Russell Mountain along the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail.  This is a really easy spot to get to, you don't need to be a seasoned hiker to go and experience this area.  Located on hwy C a mile or so from Highway 21 south of Arcadia, Missouri.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm thankful for this time of the year, one of my favorites to be out in nature.  Above is a photo of a recently emerged Adam and Eve orchid leaf.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The first day of Fall is happening this week, man this year has zoomed by!  With the cooler weather comes all of the great opportunities to get outside and hike and ride.  This weekend is the 12 hour event at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky.  October 1st is the Sequatchie Valley Century and bike ride just down the road from my home in Tennessee.  I hope some of you will make the trip for this terrific ride through this incredibly beautiful valley.  I’ll be riding that one, and I hope I can make it, I haven’t ridden much in the last few months because of a nagging knee injury and an achy back, but I’ll do this ride even if I have to cut it short, it’s too pretty to miss.   Come on down!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Yellow Fringed Orchid

These beauties are blooming now.  I saw these along the road side near our Tennessee house.  In Missouri this orchid is considered rare and one of the most beautiful and found in six counties.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer time Orchids

The Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia Nuttall) is in bloom now.  I haven't found it on the Ozark Trail yet, if you see it let me know.  It might be hot out there on the trail, but if you want to see the summer blooming orchids it's time to hit the trail.  Sure, you'll probably get ticks and chiggers, but it's the only time to see Adam-and-Eve, rattlesnake and Ladies tresses orchids.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Trail flowers

Dwarf crested Irish in bloom.  Love these flowers, always a treat to see.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wildflower time!

Wildflowers are starting to pop up, time to get out there on the trail.
Columbines will be blooming soon.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ozark Trail AssociationSpring Mega Event

Saturday April 30th

Mega-fun time is here: register for the Spring2010 Mega Event on April 30. This time we'll be tackling the Berryman Trail re-route.

We call this a "Mega Event" for a reason - it's one of our largest events of the fall construction season. Make new friends, renew friendships and create lasting memories as you join some of the the best people around who love to build trail. Kids, dogs, grandma and grandpa are welcome so be sure to reserve a spot today.

This Mega is based at Bass' Resort and there is free camping available Friday and Saturday night. Complimentary lunch on the trail will be provided topped off with an evening BBQ, bonfire, live bluegrass music, raffles and more!
If you missed out on past Megas, don't miss this one. All attendees must sign work releases to participate: you can find it here:

For more information and to register, see More information and maps will be posted closer to the event.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ozark Trail Informational Meeting

Ozark Trail Informational Meeting
MDC Nature Center, Springfield Mo
Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The rugged, natural beauty of the Ozark Trail will be highlighted at an informational meeting on Thursday, March 24 at the MDC Springfield Nature Center. Join us as we describe the Ozarks where you will find mountains, hills and knobs, with valleys filled with springs, crystal-clear streams, shut-ins and waterfalls, trimmed by bluffs and riddled with caves.  The OT travels through hardwood forests, stands of pines, savannas filled with black-eyed Susan's and glades dotted by purple coneflowers. The OT is also home to a diversity of nature including deer, turkey, bobcat, bear, songbirds and bald eagles which you may see as you hike along the trail. The Ozark Trail winds and meanders through some of the most diverse places on the planet and in one word is....splendid!

You'll find that there is a place to bring your boots, bike or horse to one of the many sections with trips from just a few miles to 140 miles. We'll guarantee it will take away the stress and leave a smile on your face!  No sign up is needed, just come with your sense of adventure!!!  This event is being done by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Ozark Trail Association.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mina Sauk Falls-Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail

Here's a few pictures from Mina Sauk Falls.  This is Missouri's tallest (wet-weather) waterfall, which means it dries up when there's not much rain or melting snow.  This is a beautiful area and the waterfall is less than 1 1/2 (3 miles round trip) miles one way from the parking lot at the top of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.  At the park there are restrooms and rustic camping.  A word of caution, this trail is very rocky and there are some steep areas, and cliffs.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Harbinger of Spring

It might not seem like spring time today, but spring is just around the corner.  Keep on the look out for the little Harbinger of Spring wildflower, they should be blooming now.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Taum Sauk post cards and mouse pads

We now have post cards and mouse pads available.  The photo is from on top of Mina Sauk Falls on the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail.  -Enjoy!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

WOW spot! Overlook on video Blair Creek Seciton

I've had several people ask me about the scenic overlook that appears in the video below, the overlook is on the Blair Creek Section, about 1.5 miles north of the Powder Mill Trailhead located on Hwy 106 (east of Eminence, MO). A photo of this spot with the late John Roth appears on page 68 of The Ozark Trail Guidebook. If you would like to visit this beautiful spot it's only a short aprox. 1.5 mile walk from the Trailhead parking lot. The view is terrific and in the spring and summer this area has some beautiful wildflowers.
To get there take Highway 106 east out of Eminence, Missouri 13.2 miles and after the Current River bridge turn right into the Powder Mill (National Park Service Scenic Rivers)parking area. There is a short spur trail that goes up toward Hwy 106, cross the highway, be careful, fast moving vehicles. The trail heads up the hill on the north side of the highway (east side of the river). The trail is narrow with some hills. for more photos click here.
Blair Creek Section of the Ozark Trail scenic over look of the Current River.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Turners Mill near the Eleven Point Section of the Ozark Trail

the 26 foot tall steel overshot waterwheel

hauled to the site in about 1915 in sections by oxen

the spring up in the cliff above the waterwheel
The remains of Turners Mill can be found near the Eleven Point Section of the Ozark Trail.  This was once the community of Surprise, Missouri, and was named after J. L. C. Turners petition for a post office here was accepted.  All that remain now are the 26 foot tall steel wheel, a concrete flume, chimney and what looks to be the stone foundation of the mill. Located 2.1 miles south of McCormack Lake on Highway 19 (page 117 in the Ozark Trail Guidebook), turn onto  FR3152 and go six miles on this gravel road, then turn on FR 3190 and go another three miles.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bike Monkey Magazine

I took this photo during the summer at Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga, TN and this month it's featured in Bike Monkey Magazine.  An old bike friend, Kim Dow, is the Creative Director, if you haven't seen the magazine or subscribe, check it out, it's the most cutting edge and interesting bike magazine that I've seen in a long time.

Friday, December 31, 2010

A few more of my Favorite Things

long rides: love doing those 4+ hour rides, this was on the Ozark Trail

Monarchs: all butterflies are wonderful, just something special for me about the Monarchs

Picking Sea Shells: love hanging out on the beach and looking at shells

Pine Trees: I love to hear the breeze through the pines

Dino: and other dino sculptures along the road sides
Buckey Pillows: these are the Buckey monster pillow toys, they also make wonderful pillows-a must have

Dogwood Trees: love it in the spring when they bloom with the red bud trees

Missouri Ozarks: my favorite place

Lichens: one of my favorite plants, this big patch is in Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Tennessee

Sunsets: wow, what else can one say

Golden Retrievers: Mattie is such a wonderful friend

Snow angels:  just fun, once made a mud angel and got terrible poison ivy

riding across a state:  This year I rode across Kentucky, just something about the experience of riding from border to border with nothing else to do but ride and enjoy

Hiking with friends: or just hanging out with lifelong friends, we always pick up where we were and is always a pleasure

Riding with my brother: this was one of my most rewarding things this year, this guy is awesome, has endured a lot, and deserves to be incredibly happy.  I loved seeing him happy out on the rides we did this year.  Ward- you ROCK!

Bluebells: one of the first colorful flowers in the spring, love to see the patches of them along the rivers when we canoe

Riding with my best friends: there is nothing more fun than seeing new places with those most cherished, this is Marys Loop in Fruita, CO

Gardening: how rewarding to grow your own food-love it

Fresh grown lettuce and spinach- tasty, love the idea of planting, growing, harvesting and eating.
There you have it, more of my favo things.  I'm so thrilled with the year we have just had and excited about 2011 and the enjoyable endeavours coming our way.  Happy New Year

Campfires are Good!