By Conor Watkins
Missouri Outdoors is now changing names to Conor Watkinsí Ozark Mountain Experience.
The new site will have pictures, maps, a much improved appearance, and updated articles.
Click www.umr.edu/~cwatkin/cwome for a sample of what is to come.
These articles highlight various outdoor areas and activities in and near Missouri and focus on the sights, activities, and underlying geology (if applicable) of the areas listed.† All areas highlighted offer something interesting and unique.† I have not been bored, as many people are, at UMR.† There are plenty of things to do and sights to see.† More articles will be added every week or two during the school year so stop by often to check for updates.† Some of the articles pertaining to areas outside of Rolla are biased towards locations near St. Louis.† Sorry, that is where I am originally from so I know most about that area.† If anyone has a must see location in Missouri or nearby, please let me know.
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-The photo galleries are slowly coming online.
Mill Creek And Kaintuck Hollow Located South of Rolla
-This area offers camping, hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing.
Caves And Karst In Areas Surrounding Rolla
-Much of Missouri has carbonate bedrock
†which is easily dissolved into karst.
-Bald eagles visit St. Louis during the winter.
Near St. Louis
-These two areas offer activities for hikers and bikers.
A Unique Name For A Unique Place
-See the karst landscape and castle ruins
near Camdenton, MO.
The St. Francois Mountains TO BE UPDATED SOON!
Missouriís Hard Rock Core
-These igneous mountains offer some
of Missouriís most unique scenery.
-Grand Gulf, Greer Spring, and Mammoth Spring, AR make
for an interesting and scenic trip.
Missouriís Scenic Ozark National Scenic Riverways
-The ONSR offers many miles of floatable rivers,
springs, and excellent scenery.
-Article highlighting the natural and human
history of Missouriís largest, Big Spring
thanks to author Jo Schaper.
-Old US 66 offers interesting scenery and unique attractions.
-This article, prompted by the armed assault/robbery
of 13 UMR students on National Forest Land, describes
basic hazards and safety in the outdoors.
-Missouri's rivers offer floats for
scenic beauty or just a good time.
-This scenic area near St. Louis
offers an opportunity to relax from city life.
Rockwoods also has a unique history in which
its landscape was drastically altered.
-This scenic spring is located near St. James
offers many forms of recreation and a unique history.
The park holds Old Iron Works Days, a festival
†celebrating the history and culture of the area every fall.
Old Ironworks days will be held on Oct 13 & 14, 2001
at Maramec Spring Park.
Articles XVII, XVIII, & XVIV Updated!
-This area near Rolla offers recreation for those
interested in wine, history, and scenery.† Learn
about the interesting history of our wine production,
Daniel Boone, and experience scenic drives.
-This beautiful location along the Meramec River offers something for
any outdoorsy person.† There is caving, hiking, floating,
and much more here.† Part of the area was almost flooded
in the 1970ís by a large dam project.
Articles XXIII & XXIV
-These unique areas near Rolla feature scenery,
a natural bridge, and springs.
Articles XXV, XXVI, & XXVII
-This area near St. Louis is home to multiple parks,
some of which hold elk, buffalo, wolves, bald eagles,
and a unique history.
Additional Info on the Tyson area
thanks to the Washington University
Tyson Research Center.
Articles XXVIII, XXIX & XXX
-Only two days after it started, the Lewis And Clark Expedition
almost came to a tragic end here.
Articles XXXI & XXXII NEW!
-This well-known sculpture park near St. Louis
displays contemporary art in an outdoor setting.
Articles XXXIII & XXXIV NEW!
-This article, in response to the Nov 2001 article in
National Geographic Magazine, points out many positive
aspects to living in the Ozarks of Missouri.
In no particular order
This poem by Robert Frost reflects my way of traveling as the
best sights are not always on the beaten path. A journey should not only
be to get someplace, but should be enjoyable as well.
The same is true for a job. No one should pick a
job just because it has the largest paycheck.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
These articles may be reprinted with my permission.† For more information, to report errors or other problems, to suggest a topic for a future article, or for permission to use these articles, feel free to send me mail at email@example.com.
© 2002 by Conor Watkins