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
It's worth a short detour from Elephant Rocks and the Johnson Shut-Ins to visit the site of the Civil War battle of Pilot Knob. To stand inside the earthen fort that remains from that battle is to touch history. To look at the reflection of clouds in the pond is to appreciate the event more closely. To realize there are mass graves of soldiers buried on the grounds is also quite serene and surreal.
But before you visit the fort, take a moment to familiarize yourself with this portion of the War Between the States. You'll find remnants of the flag that flew over the fort, and you'll also view a short film that describes the battle.