Category Archives: Nature Notes


January 28-31, 2019 Whoopers… aka Whooping Cranes. These are the largest birds in North America. They are on the Federal Endangered list. At one point only 15 birds were located at their southern migration point at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. … Continue reading

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New Orleans… Again

January 14-23, 2019 For our second visit to New Orleans we stayed at Bayou Segnette State Park. This is a very nice park in Westwego, which is south of New Orleans. They honor the NPS Senior Pass so our camping … Continue reading

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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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