Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park

It's been almost a month since I last went out to create photographs. Lately I've been feeling out of practice, uninspired, and unsure of my photography. In late December my wife and I moved into the D.C. Metro Area to the city of Alexandria, VA. I was so focused on planning the move, packing, and then unpacking that everything else seemed to fall to the wayside. Eventually though, I began to feel the familiar yearn for adventure, and I knew it was time for me to go out.

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Exploring The Ozark Trail: The Little Known Wonders Of Rocky Creek

Exploring The Ozark Trail: The Little Known Wonders Of Rocky Creek

If you have been following my adventures for the last few months, you’ll know I have working on a series exploring Missouri's State Parks. With the imminent release of the first part of that series, I wanted to do something different. 

Thanks to a post on Instagram, I found that something in the form of a short section of the Ozark Trail along Rocky Creek. After experiencing this hidden gem in Southern Missouri, I think it might be my new favorite place in the whole state! Click through below to find out why.

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Sam A. Baker State Park

Sam A. Baker State Park

The St. Francis Mountains are an ancient range rising from the Ozark plateau. Millions of years of erosion carved away at the volcanic rock creating the many valleys, bluffs, and shut-ins that can be found there today. The land is a beautiful rugged wilderness: hiking through these mountains can feel like you are going back to a time before humans. Sam A. Baker State Park perfectly captures the essence of this area.

At the heart of the park is Mudlick Mountain, one of the significant domes within the St. Francis Mountains. The mountain is surrounded by the largest wilderness preserve in the Missouri state park system. The park features an extensive network of trails that allow visitors to experience the untouched beauty of the Precambrian mountains. There are also many options for backcountry camping, including three shelters built in 1930 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Robertsville State Park

Robertsville State Park

Over the last year I have been working on a project in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Missouri’s State Parks. For this series I have been traveling to parks around the state, hiking their trails, and photographing the beauty and surprises they contain.

I frequently try to go deep into the Ozark Mountains because the rocky landscape lends to many amazing features like shut-ins and waterfalls. However there are many State parks closer to Saint Louis that I have yet to explore, such as Robertsville State Park.

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Tennessee part II: Hiking in the Smokies

Tennessee part II: Hiking in the Smokies

We began our last morning at the Little Black Cabin like the previous one, with a breakfast of fresh eggs and homemade bread. We packed up the car, bid farewell to the cabin, and set off towards our first destination of the day: Clingman’s Dome.

The drive into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was phenomenal. The winding roads were fun to drive, and offered many breathtaking views of the mountains. While it was an incredible sight, the scars from last year's unfortunate fire were evident, especially on Chimney Top Mountain which was a barren black rock at the top.

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