Sharing the Adventure Beyond Castlewood Missouri

Interested in exploring new parks, trails and rivers, I created this site to share photos and stories of adventures Beyond Castlewood.

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Photo: Hike from Taum Sauk to the Hwy N TH was the plan for Saturday but with the rain and wind forecast we opted for Sunday, colder but sunny. A little over four miles in the girl in the orange jacket trips on the rocky trail and breaks her arm. So much fo... more

Beyond Castlewood - August 29, 2017
Rockford Beach Park on the Big River in Jefferson County, Missouri.
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Washington, Pacific North West

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View of the Pacific Ocean from the Kalaloch Lodge in the Olympic National Forest.
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Shoshone Falls

Hint of a second rainbow in the mist of Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho.
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Tom Uhlenbrock - Missouri State Parks

Mastodon Tusk Receives Some Loving Care
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks KIMMSWICK, Mo. – The 8-foot-long mastodon tusk on display at Mastodon State Historic Site looks almost good as new, even though it's...
New Park is a Botanical Garden
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks CEDAR HILL, Mo. – A bright sun nudged the thermometer to 10 degrees and glistened off the light snow that covered the forested hills ...
Total Eclipse Headed to Missouri
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks A 70-mile-wide circle of darkness will cross Missouri at mid-day next summer. With the proper planning, you can achieve what star gazers ...
A Guide to the Turquoise Jewels of the Missouri Ozarks
By Tom Uhlenbrock The new Echo Bluff State Park, billed as the gateway to the Missouri Ozarks, is the perfect base camp for a two-day treasure hunt in search of the turquoise sp...
Effort to Save Historic Route 66 Bridge
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks EUREKA, Mo. – A highway landmark that once carried motorists on Historic Route 66 across the Meramec River in southwest St. Louis Cou...
Bald Eagles Arrive, Belatedly, in Missouri
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks Winter weather was late this year in Missouri, and so was the arrival of migrating bald eagles. The eagles that live in Canada and t...
State Parks Reach 1,000 Miles of Trails
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks WARSAW, Mo. – Bryan Bethel walked to the edge of the bluff to admire the view from a new hiking trail at Harry S Truman State Park in...
Hiking the Ozark Trail
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks California has the PCT. Missouri has the OT. The Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California...
Wild Horses and Golden Glows on a Winter Float
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks Akers, Mo. – Ask Eugene Maggard about floating in winter, and he’ll tell you the story about his grandson’s birthday. “I wan...
A Whirling White Tornado at Big Lake
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks CRAIG, Mo. – Russell Burge called to say he had been a tad off on his estimate of the snow geese visiting Big Lake State Park in the ...

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park on a hot day in late June 2016.
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Arches National Park

Broken Arch in Arches National Park June 2016.
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Oregon Waterfalls

Photo: Multnomah Falls, 611 feet tall and located off of I-84 just 30-minute east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
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Tennessee National and State Parks

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Photo: Cummins Falls nine miles north of Cookeville, Tennessee on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. Cummins Falls State Park.
Great Smoky Mountains NP
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Ozark Mountain Hiker

Jim Warnock - November 21, 2015
While researching possible trails in the Jacks Fork and Current River area of Missouri, I almost dismissed Alley Spring because of its shortness at only 1.9 miles. As I stepped onto the trail beginning behind the mill, I realized what a mistake that would have been. The trail is well built and scenic every step of the way. Here's a link if you want to read and see more. OzarkMountainHiker.com
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Rocky Mountain National Park

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Photo: Dream Lake, 1.1 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was passed by skiers and snowboarders skiing down the trail while hiking up to Dream Lake covered with snow April 1, 2017
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Grand Teton - Yellowstone National Park

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Wanting to get away from the crowded holiday weekend in Yellowstone, Friday afternoon my son and I went to a ranger station to register for a backcountry permit. There were several sites available, from a mile to a 10 mile hike in. We chose Backcountry Campsite 2H4 on Hellroaring Creek, two-and-a-half miles from the Hellroaring Trailhead. The trail was easy to follow, crossing the Yellowstone River on a foot bridge and passing small herds of bison and pronghorn along the way.
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Illinois Parks, Hikes and Historic Sites

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Photo: Burden Falls located in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest May 2015.
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Florida Parks and Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach and Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.
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Missouri Parks, Rivers and Hikes

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We took a couple of hikers for their first backpacking campout on the Wilderness Trail at Meramec State Park this weekend. Packed in to a backpacking camp Saturday afternoon with occasional stops to feed the insects. After arriving at the campsite and setting up we collected firewood. The forecast called for evening temps below 80 and we wanted to stay warm. Packed out Sunday morning and ended our weekend with a swim in the Meramec. Seriously, it was a fun weekend. June 11-12, 2016
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Missouri Springs, Mills and Historic Sites

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Photo: Greer Spring, The second largest spring in Missouri with an average daily flow of 222 million gallons from two outlets about 250 feet apart. The spring is 0.9 miles from the trailhead located about 8 miles north of Alton, Missouri on Highway 19.
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The Ozark Trail

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Photo: Devil's Tollgate on the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail on a great Sunday hike in November.
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