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Gateway Arch National Park

Our last day in Missouri on this particular trip, we had a bit of time to kill before heading back to the St. Louis Lambert Airport. As it was only about 15 minutes from the rental car company, we made a stop at the Gateway Arch for my seventh visit to a national park this… Continue reading Gateway Arch National Park

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A Day in St. Robert, Missouri

The bluffs above Big Piney St. Robert is kind of in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. Located in Pulaski County between St. Louis and Branson, it is considered the gateway community to the U.S. Army's Fort Leonard Wood. Indeed, that was why we were there. We were celebrating Jacob's graduation from basic training, and with… Continue reading A Day in St. Robert, Missouri

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Snyder's Castle Whenever I think of the state of Missouri, my first thought is lush green forests with natural bridges, charming streams, and European castles. I mean, where else would you go to find castle ruins and carriage houses... Though I jest, it is indeed true that one can pay a visit to an old… Continue reading Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Lake of the Ozarks

If anyone mentioned to me at the start of 2022 that I would be making not one, but two trips out to the Ozarks region of Missouri, I'd have probably given them the side-eye and questioned why. Not that I don't love interstate travel, or that I don't think that the Ozarks offers some breathtaking… Continue reading Lake of the Ozarks

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State Capitals: Jefferson City

Missouri State Capitol Building Business of an exciting sort took us to Missouri at the end of September. While it was not a great week to be absent from work (this was the week of our seventh grade overnighter to Catalina), the reason was of such magnitude and importance that there was really no question… Continue reading State Capitals: Jefferson City