Nice place to stretch your legs at Wilderness Park in Pittsburg, Kansas – i spent the night here, but take a minute to stretch in the city park if passing through and needing a break. It’s in town, so not quiet from traffic, but not really noisy either.
This place was actually closed the day i was passing through, but their website sort of indicated that the grounds were free to explore and learn which is very generous of the caretakers. Definitely worth a stop. Sort of off the beaten track, but just take the time learn about the Caddo Indians at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center and Interpretive Trails near Spiro, Oklahoma.
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas. I didn’t stop in to dig for diamonds – probably would have required a mask and i don’t do masks – but i also think it may be more for the younger set and families with young children. But a few hiking trails are a nice stretch from driving.
First stop upon returning to Missouri is Table Rock State Park and hiking the red trail – i needed a bit of a hike, so selected the White River Red Loop trail.
Given my preference for outdoor activities and visiting friends, my 2 week sojourn avoided mask wearing entirely.
It’s ridiculous to take a short getaway, but guess i feel stressed and boxed in, so i left Monday afternoon – not really having any schedule though i did have some places i hoped to explore.
Tallgrass native prairies grasses grow as tall as my head.
After a hot afternoon of hiking at the Preserve, the next morning was greeted with a freeze warning – no different than Missouri!
On my way home, i discovered a farm run winery. I think it is important to support other farmers and ranchers by purchasing their good products. This one also provides a lovely wedding and reception venue.