Adventure Team (Blog)

Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springfield Conservation Nature Center
I have to be ready at all times to carry or alternately chase after a 25 pound bundle of energy. Thank you Chaco USA for understanding and making these Z2s especially for the thrill-seeking Mothers of toddlers. What? You made them for river guides? The box must have said River Rats, I thought it said Rug Rats. Well, I would never have known if you hadn't said something ;)
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Platypus Platy Bottles Review

Platypus Platy Bottles Review
Some of the other great things are that it weighs less than any other water storage method I know. Platypus says that it actually weighs 80% less than a hard bottle of equal volume…every ounce counts. Also, it's BPA free and I've never noticed that "plasticky" taste that I often get from hard water bottles.
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Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo
I arrived planning on a put-in and take-out from the same location, but was surprised to see a decent current and thought better of that option. Near the "headwaters" at the base of Table Rock Dam, the current is enough to present a fairly serious obstacle to a single access float. While this made it a fun quick ride and a great spot for viewing many varieties of fish in the clear fast waters, it meant that we needed a shuttle service.
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Lost Valley Trail

Lost Valley Trail
My friend and I were happy to spot a young cow elk grazing in the bottomland beyond Ponca and made a note to check out the viewing area in the morning. Along the short gravel drive into the Lost Valley Campground, a beautiful buck grazed quietly on one side of the car and a couple of adult turkeys with ten adolescents in tow ran through the grass on the opposite side. Just ahead a squirrel jumped off the drive. Four species in as many minutes, we were back in Arkansas! I love the diversity of wildlife still thriving in the Natural State.
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My Chacos

My Chacos
Hi, my name is Lesley and I'm a Chaconian. There, I've said it. I love my Chacos, like so many others. I've worn Chacos for countless adventures in countless places for more than a decade. I decided to join the ranks and write my own review.
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Hiking Cecil Cove Loop

Hiking Cecil Cove Loop
The plan was to go South into the hills and hopefully encounter a few degrees of relief, find a two-day hike that would allow for a slower pace if it was incredibly hot, spend one night in the woods and hike out the next. Faced with these end goals, I usually turn to one or another of Tim Ernst's publications.
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Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
Over 5 miles of well developed trails and beautiful vistas make for a good opportunity to get outside for a small hike. Many of the trails were loops and offered new ground to see throughout the hike. A good portion of the mileage is alongside a perfectly crystal clear stream that slips and falls over the rocky outcroppings in this glade area.
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Busiek…So close you might miss it!

Busiek…So close you might miss it!
I guess when the leaves are off it can seem like there isn't much to see, but I found lots of smaller views to take in that were beautiful in their own way. It was a simple hike, short enough that I only needed to bring along my Camelbak water bottle and still warm enough that my Helly Hanson Rapide soft-shell jacket was plenty of protection from the wind and cold.
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