Ready for Trout Fishing Maramec Spring Park

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Maramec Spring Park is one of the most beautiful spots to be found in Missouri, and the Park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. Maramec Spring Park is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation.
I went on a little road trip to see how amazing Maramec Springs Park which did not disappoint me. Beautiful,So much to do with the family such as camping ,fishing and walk thru the large park along the the river.
If you Like trout fishing this is your place.Trout fishing starts March 1 ,2017 . I will be there to photograph. Can Not wait..

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Hiking in Hickory Canyon

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I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different  things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles  to melting and cascading  waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we  got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile . 

Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/hickory-canyons

Trip to the Wilderness to Relax

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I Had to get away from the stresses of life.. We went to St Francois Park in Bonne Terre Mo. It was just so beautiful with the river and all the bluffs. It amazing how just getting away into nature changes your mind and makes you feel renewed.

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Missouri’s Natural Beauty

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Well visited one of my favorite place to go which is Pickle Springs Park in St.Genevieve Missouri which also is very close to Farmington ,Missouri. 

 Explore a geological wonderland that is a National Natural Landmark.

 View scenic waterfalls and cool box canyons that harbor unusual plants and animals.

 Enjoy the blossoms of rose azalea along the sandstone valley in the spring.

 This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago. 

Missouri has so much to offer as far as beauty of nature and wildlife. 

 

Mother Nature’s Hydraulics of Water

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This is Johnson Shut-In located in Missouri. This place is so beautiful!! great place to take a trip with the family and enjoy swimming. Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.

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Another Adventure to Pickle Springs Natural Spring

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Pickle Springs Natural Area is a deep, forested gorge consisting of geological formations and plants that are found in few other places. Visitors will find examples of a sandstone glade, talus, forest, savanna, as well as a number of rare species of plants and animals. The area is noted for its blooming wild azalea and wildflowers in the spring. Great after a beautiful snow fall as you see. According to local legend, the area is named after William Pickles, a settler from Illinois who owned the land until he was shot by a band of renegades during the Civil War. Pickle Springs and other area creeks flow into Pickle Creek, which in turn traverses into Hawn State Park.

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The trail at Pickle Springs Natural Area may be short, but it packs in a ton of scenic beauty.

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The 2 mile loop goes by sandstone canyons, glades, bluffs, waterfalls and wanders through a hoodoo complex.

My Hike to The Big River to View Beautiful Colors

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This was taken on the Big River here in Missouri at the waterfall. I have several spots I go to capture my photography. Here is a little history

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The Big River is a tributary of the Meramec River in east-central Missouri. The river rises in western Iron County, near the summit of Johnson Mountain and the locale of Enough; it flows through Washington County, Saint Francois County, and Jefferson County. It forms part of the boundary between Jefferson County and Saint Francois County and also part of the boundary between Jefferson County and Washington County. It empties into the Meramec River opposite Eureka, where the Meramec forms the border between Jefferson County and Saint Louis County. The river flows through Washington State Park, St. Francois State Park, and the Lead Belt mining district. Like many other Ozark streams, the Big River has entrenched meanders; its valley is typically about half a mile wide, sometimes much narrower, and the valley is usually from 150 to 400 feet (46 to 120 m) deep.

IT’S ONLY A DREAM

My Adventure in Pickle Springs Natural Area Rock Climbing Walking Trails and Natural Springs

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The adventure today was so incredible! Who new going out today hiking would take me through time. I laugh now because who knew that a 2 mile hike would feel like 10 miles because of the terrain. Boulders and rocks,cliffs and springs that were all over Crawling in and out , Through narrow rock walkways and cavelike walk ing paths with the coldest water dripping down. JUST BEAUTIFUL! YOU JUST NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS NEXT…

I will wake up tomorrow feeling my adventure lol… Here are some facts and some fun pictures of my hiking fun. 

This is a Natural  Spring  and ends up into this beautiful pond of crystal clear water.


 

 

                   

                                                             IF YOU LOOK CLOSE IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A TURTLE 

                                                                       

Almost forgot “Me” Crawling LOL:)    

THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS !! MADE IT! YEAH!

                                                                 

 

 

 

                                                                                    


Romantic Waterfall

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I found this little waterfall buried deep in the woods I was hiking in Shaws Nature Reservation In St. Louis Was a great place to have a picnic , and we did. Beautiful day.