January 2013

A brand new conservation area! So new that I didn't know it was there, until I drove past it on my way somewhere else. It's not an especially big conservation area--about like the others in the same part of Jefferson County--but it's still a nice addition.

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A medium length trail through a varied landscape. The loop hike (6 miles?) at Washington State Park, and the varied terrain it passes through, is certainly worth the drive. It's a good plae to think about the history and development of Missouri's state parks, and the trail offers a number of pleasant surprises.

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The quickest introduction to the St. Francois Mountains in the state. The St. Francois Mountains offer a different experience from what we usually find in Missouri. There's more exposed rock, hard igneous rock instead of the usual limestone. Sometimes there's so much rock that trees have a hard time growing, and the landscape remains open, with views that stretch to the next line of hills.

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