Time to get out of town
Out of the city
Out of the neighborhood
Away from the concerts, the theme parks, and the sports arenas
Away from the job, the school, and the people we know
Away from the politics, the neighbors, and the traffic
Away from social media, cable news, and gossip
Out - into nature
Out into the world
Out into our beautiful state
Here's a little series of posts
about the great state of Missouri.
It's time to get off the beaten path
and do some exploring!
Go for a walk with me: just up the washed out gravel road, just past the fallen trees, just three miles from the nearest pavement, we'll find the trailhead. We'll also find ourselves about as-in-the-middle of nature as one can get.
We're just outside of Eminence, Missouri, a bustling river town, but we might as well be in the complete wilderness, absent all amenities save a restroom at the trailhead, and a few well-placed stones for navigating through the mud. The payoff is just a little bit further - Blue Spring - with views of the rushing river, beginning at a spring the emits the bluest waters outside of Belize. Native Americans knew this location as Spring of the Summer Sky.
According to the National Park Service:
While completely surrounded by National Park Service land, Blue Spring itself is owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Staying here for a while, in silence, is the only option. Blue Spring is simply not a place you can walk by without considering the majesty of this natural phenomenon. At 310 feet deep, the Statue of Liberty could be completely immersed in the water here, and her torch would be five feet below the surface.