Category Archives: Nature Notes

Jefferson Island & Rip Van Winkle Gardens

November 29, 2018 When we arrived we were greeted by the resident peacocks. One even posed for us on the roof of the welcome sign. Given the time of year (late November) we were not surprised that few plants were … Continue reading

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Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

October 24, 2018 Not far from Branson, Missouri is a nice little natural gem called the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. If you’re old enough, like I am, you the name Henning might sound familiar. That’s because Paul Henning … Continue reading

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Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

October 23, 2018 As on many of our travels, we often come across something to do that wasn’t on our agenda. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery was one of them. This is the largest trout-rearing fish hatchery in … Continue reading

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Mark Twain Cave

October 18, 2018 As caves go, the Mark Twain Cave isn’t that spectacular. It can’t hold a candle compared to beauty and features of other caves we’ve been in such as Mammoth Cave, Wind Cave, and Jewel Cave. But this … Continue reading

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Effigy Mounds National Monument and Pikes Peak State Park

August 3-4, 2018 Effigy Mounds National Monument Another short hop south took us to Effigy Mounds National Monument. We rolled right into the visitor center with the rig and had no problem parking. It was a wickedly hot day once … Continue reading

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Wabasha, National Eagle Center, Lark Toys and Big River Resort

August 1-2, 2018 National Eagle Center in Wabasha National Eagle Center Our next stop was a short drive south along the Mississippi River to Wabasha. This is a cute little town where the National Eagle Center can be found. Another … Continue reading

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Interstate State Park (MN)

July 31, 2018 I spotted Interstate State Park while checking on the National Park and talked John into stopping (it was right there and Chloe needed some more activities for her Minnesota Naturalist Patch). They also have a small but … Continue reading

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