hidden wonders of the Ozarks

It's easy to look at photos and pine for somewhere else...the beach, palm trees, lighthouses, mountains, desert, west coast, east coast, islands. It's easy to want all the things that we don't have here. The Midwest is boring right? 

Big Spring...Van Buren, MO

Big Spring...Van Buren, MO

I sometimes forget, but I love living here. It's beautiful right here. We have four seasons and changing scenery. We don't have a beach but we have amazing gravel bars on crystal-clear, cold rivers. We don't have palm trees but we have the Mark Twain Forest.  No mountains, but the Ozark Hills.  We have caves, natural springs, and shut-ins.

Busiek State Forest...Highlandville, MO

Busiek State Forest...Highlandville, MO

There's so much to explore in the Ozarks. It's a matter of getting out of the house and doing it. Here's to embracing the right here and each season. Here's to discovering more.