Category Archives: Hiking

I Spy: Big Muddy Boone’s Crossing

And we’re off!

This area offers a short trail; which would be great for very little kids as it is flat terrain and the trail is less than a mile long.

A paper wasp nest

Reminds me of tie-dye

A PSA I can definitely get behind!

Trail

From the map we could tell this part of the trail ran parallel to the river so naturally we blazed our own trail to find it!

We remarked that these woods were like a fairy forest

Checking out a large tree

Our little tree huggers

Magical Woods!

Coming to the river’s edge

Missouri River

Big Muddy

A tree floating down the river

Dexie in her element

Bluffs

Tracks

And back through the fairy forest

 

Winter Hike

I dress warm; leggings, sometimes sweatpants over the leggings, sweatshirt, thick socks, heavy coat, hat, and gloves:

The greatest, warmest gloves ever. Extra thick wool.

The greatest, warmest gloves ever. Extra thick wool.

I park the car and open the door and press back against my seat while Dexie leaps over me and out the driver’s side. I take off at a dead run and imagine I’m a horse or a deer; leap-running up the trail. Long strides. I think…

I’m cold. I’m cold. I’m cold.

I run along and go up hill, up, up and pass the place I usually stop because I’m tired from the uphill running and want a little break.

I was so cold I forgot I was getting tired. I love winter.

And I’m not tired, and I’m not cold anymore. Up, up, up to the top and I look over a little ridge. I can see a faraway northerly view of the rolling hills since its winter and everything is bare. I slow down to a jog.

I should take a picture.

But quickly decide to pass. How many pictures of bare trees and faraway northerly views of rolling hills do I really need?

I've got a couple hundred of these bad boys. Haha

I’ve got a couple hundred of these bad boys. Haha

I slow to a brisk walk- it’s muddy today and there’s a lot of leaves on the trail. I start running again to pass under a huge tree that leans precariously over the trail. The terrain gets rockier. I consider doing a grand-jête. The cold winter air, the lovely northerly views of bare trees; it just makes you want to leap. I reconsider. Again, the trail is rocky and covered with leaves; not the ideal terrain for leaping.

Been there, done that, have a gnarly scar on my thigh to prove it. I am not, in fact, a ballerina.

I do a little leap anyways, without the running start. I feel a twinge in my knee.

I’m not 12 years old. Be careful! Go Easy!

I trot gingerly over the rocks and walk carefully when the trail starts to slope downward. My thoughts begin to drift. I think about school work a little but my thoughts are not focused just fleeting ideas.

Capstone Project. Oy.

Do spiders hibernate?

Ooooo nice rock.

I make it down the rocky part and start to jog again. I come to a little trail crossing.

I like this little crossing.

(as you can see my thoughts are often very, very profound)

I make it to a steep curved part; when I first ran this trail I slipped in the mud here. So I walk up that part. I walk a flat stretch and look around. I feel hot now and heading down the hill I think about the creek near the bottom.

What if I just jump in real quick to cool off?

The run back up the hill would probably keep me warm.

I probably wouldn’t get hypothermia.

I leave the trail and cross through the brush and find the creek bed totally dry. I guess I didn’t notice that before.

Duh it’s winter.

But I’m still surprised anyways; we’d gotten a lot of rain. It’s all frozen though.

Duh it’s 20-something degrees out.

I think about canoeing.

At Centaur Chute the water would probably be low now; it would probably be easy to make it up to the mouth of the Missouri this time of year. The key would be bringing rubber boots in case you have to portage that one shallow part. Smoochie and I should do that. We could get a babysitter.

I’m still standing there staring at the dry creek bed. Too dejected from my foiled ice swimming I don’t think to look around for any cool rocks. Dexie finds a little water down a ways and she wedges her whole body in it and takes a long drink.

Well at least someone’s getting to ice swim.

I don’t think I actually want to ice swim but it is still fun to pretend.

I cut back through the brush and notice a slew of wood ear mushrooms.

They really do look like ears.

I don’t care how delicious they are I’m just not brave enough to eat wild mushrooms and choose to photograph them instead. I take a few shots and set back up the hill. The way back is pretty much all uphill. I mostly walk but still breathe heavily and my heart pounds. I hear all sorts of birds; see a few. I stop a few times to take some deep breaths, to listen.

When I get close to the car I run the last bit.

Ahhhhhhhhh

Refreshed and rejuvenated.

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So typically I do about 2 miles and it takes roughly 30 minutes but I never actually time myself or think about hiking/running/walking in any certain way or with any real plan. It is very freeing and nice and I just find the forest (or probably any trail) a wonderful place to be and wanted to share that!

In other news…

Woooo! The boys especially were thrilled with the Patriot’s Superbowl win.  I attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, so have a soft spot for all things New England. Coincidentally, Bill Belichick (also an alumnus of Wesleyan) was the keynote speaker at my graduation!

And now here are some pictures completely unrelated to any of the above (ha!):

Dexie

Dexie

A warm day enjoying bunny castle

A warm day enjoying bunny castle

Butkus

Butkus

Best friends

Best friends

Bun Bun lounging

Bun Bun lounging

The bunnies were loving the sunshine and rolled, dug and binkyed about!

The bunnies were loving the sunshine and rolled, dug and binkyed about!

Jumping

Jumping

Front flip!

Front flip!

Happy Monday; hope your week is off to a good start!

Homecoming Weekend

Homecoming Parade!

Homecoming Parade!

Marching Band

Marching Band

Highschool Royalty

Highschool Royalty

Unicycling banana!

Unicycling banana!

Getting lots of candy from all the kids!

Getting lots of candy from all the kids!

Basically a bonus Halloween!

Basically a bonus Halloween!

Highschoolers; so adorable!

Highschoolers; so adorable!

Our favorite part of the parade; the Junior Lancers!

Our favorite part of the parade; the Junior Lancers!

Great Lancer sculpture

Lancer sculpture

More candy!

More candy!

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Americana

Americana

Headed to the tailgate

Headed to the tailgate

Ok so I’m pretty sure this was the first actual tailgate I’ve ever attended. I wasn’t totally antisocial in high school but football games weren’t exactly my scene. My attendance at pep rallies and the like was usually an exhausting exercise of peevish skepticism. I guess I was too cynical or too cool for school or something. But as it turns out, this whole football thing; parades and tailgates and knights on horseback; is totally entertaining and fun when you’re not so busy rolling your eyes! While I still have a few years (3!) to vicariously relive the easy breezy, conventional version of high school through our progeny, thus far, I am enjoying it!

Tackling

Tackling

A tough game

A tough game

Running a touchdown against our biggest rival

Running a touchdown against our biggest rival

Of course there are still limits to my abilities to socialize, and so, back to the garden:

Zinnea

Zinnea

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Dahlias and mums

Dahlias and mums

A Halloween bug!

A Halloween bug!

Some type of aster I believe

Some type of aster I believe

Musquee de Maroc

Musquee de Maroc

The musquee de maroc (winter squash) plant growing up the trellis

The musquee de maroc (winter squash) plant growing up the trellis

I also wear this shirt periodically

I also wear this shirt periodically

So fall

So fall

Lots and lots of spider webs; everywhere!

Lots and lots of spider webs; everywhere!

A delicate web behind the wood pile

A delicate web behind the wood pile

Lots of color

Lots of color

Another Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Another Irish Poet Tassel Flower

The last of the hardy hibiscus blooms

The last of the hardy hibiscus blooms

I've definitely gained a greater appreciation for weeds this year in the garden!

I’ve definitely gained a greater appreciation for weeds this year in the garden!

Our next door neighbor’s had some visitors this weekend…

Peanut

Peanut

and

Mona

Mona

And a few HUGE bunnies!

And a few HUGE bunnies!

About triple the size of ours!

About triple the size of ours!

Our neighbor's have tons of cool antiques

Our neighbor’s have tons of cool antiques

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Dexie & Butkus; twins!

Dexie & Butkus; twins!

A little painted gourd owl decoration (we got this at Cahokia Mounds gift shop)

A little painted gourd owl decoration (we got this at Cahokia Mounds gift shop)

Looking very Halloween-y

Looking very Halloween-y

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Hiking

Hiking

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Dexie checking out Smokey the Bear

Dexie checking out Smokey the Bear

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Thanks for visiting!