Wordless Wednesday Guest Post: Lisa Beachler

Lincoln Lake in Cuiver River State Park – in Troy, Missouri – Photo by Lisa Nikole Photography


Lisa Beachler is a St. Louis-area photographer. Visit her website, follow her on twitter, or become a fan on Facebook!


Elephant Rocks State Park

On a beautiful February Sunday afternoon, my friend Nick and I took Rosie on her first state parking adventure; to Elephant Rocks State Park in Iron County, Missouri. Elephant Rocks is notorious for its giant granite boulders – toppled together, seeming to defy gravity as their masses sit precariously on … Continue reading

Cheap Gas in a Small Missouri Town

As I drove into the small, hilly town of Desoto Missouri for their Saturday farmers market in June, I noticed an immaculately-renovated historic Texaco filling station. The pump at the station indicates that gas is just $0.42 per gallon. Later that day in 2010, in another small Missouri town, gas … Continue reading

Four Wheelin’

After four straight weeks of 6-day workweeks at my day job, I was due for an unplugged weekend. My boyfriend and I decided to escape into St. Joe State  Park in Park Hills, Missouri to pitch our tent and hide in the woods for a day or two. St. Joe … Continue reading

Ozark Trail Part III: Courtois Section Miles 0-7.6

Two weeks ago I set out to hike the Ozark Trail from Onondaga Cave State Park to the Narrows Trail Head. This section of the Courtois (pronounced code-a-way) Section of the Ozark Trail is considered mile 0-7.6, and fair warning: it involves a “creek” crossing that’s more like a river expedition. For … Continue reading

Washington State Park: Petroglyphs

Small town Missouri simply doesn’t stop surprising me. On a recent visit to Washington State Park in DeSoto, Missouri, I learned that Missouri is home to 500-2,000-year-old petroglyphs created by Native Americans. Washington State Park is one of only two parks in Missouri that holds such carvings. The Missouri State … Continue reading

St. Francois State Park: Mooner’s Hollow Trail

St. Francois State Park was a pleasant surprise. This park sits directly on US Highway 67 north of Bonne Terre, Missouri, and I’ve driven past it countless times through the years without ever visiting it. The park boasts four trails ranging in length from .5-mile (Missouri Trail) to 11-miles (Pike … Continue reading

Small Town Missouri & BBQ

Baylee Jo’s BBQ & Grill is quite possibly some of the best food I’ve had since moving home. I had a bbq pork sandwich and curly fries. I expected the sandwich to be pulled pork, but it wasn’t. It was sliced pork, and it was really, really good. My friends … Continue reading

St. Joe State Park Bicycle Trail

St. Joe State Park is one of Missouri’s largest state parks, boasting more than 8,000 acres of property and a 14-mile concrete trail for walking, jogging, rollerblading or biking. The best part? This park is really close to my small town. I jogged on the trail a few times in … Continue reading

Memorial Day

It’s easy to forget why we have days off. Memorial Day is an ironic day’s reason to forget, but still, there were headstones in the cemeteries we visited today on which no flowers lay. Were these people forgotten? Are their families no longer living? Are they simply too far away … Continue reading

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