Lonely Camp

I’m particularly proud of having found this location. A redditor by the name of durnse posted some photos three years ago of this location.  Although he wasn’t willing to share the location, I was able to locate the property after an extensive internet search.  I received a lot of help from fellow explorers familiar with …..

January 1, 2017
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Piney River Heritage Farm

Don’t miss Slabtown Cave nearby. This amazing location has more than a handful of buildings.  Built in the mid-19th century, and used until the 1970’s, it was recently selected by the national parks, Passport in Time project.  Working with Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network in 2014, volunteers were able to ensure that the structures would …..

December 31, 2016
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Pocket Eddy Resort

It’s not often that I come across a location that I am unable to find any information about.  This location is an example of one of the few structures that I simply can not find any history for. The Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers are fairly historic rivers from mid-Missouri.  During 1800’s, the extensive forests of …..

December 31, 2016
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Rock Island Bridge

The hard it is to reach a location, the more I want to try and see it.  The Rock Island Bridge over the Gasconade River has been at the top of my list since I moved back Rolla, MO a year ago. This train bridge, built by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in 1903, is …..

December 28, 2016
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51 States in 52 Weeks

That’s right, 51 states.  Well, actually 50 states and that step-child of a state, Washington D.C.  Visiting them all in one short year is the goal. In March 2015, Discovery (think Discovery Channel) teamed up with Randy Olson to build the ultimate road trip across America.  This got me to thinking.  At the time, we …..

December 28, 2016
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Train Tunnel Under Freeburg, Missouri

There’s a town in Missouri with a train tunnel that runs right underneath it.  Freeburg, Missouri, population 436 is hiding a dark secret, deep underground.  I spoke with the attendant at the Total gas station in town to get directions.  The tunnel is actually on the same side street as the Total gas station. The …..

December 26, 2016
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Paydown Mill

Across the road from Paydown Manor sits the gristmill built by sometime between 1820 and 1830 by Charles Lane (whom appears to have also founded Lane’s Prairie and was the first recorded settler of Maries County. The mill was renovated in the 1990’s and used for a short while as a residence.  When I visited …..

December 26, 2016
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Paydown Manor

Traveling north on MO-42 toward Rock Island Bridge from Rolla, MO, I came across an absolutely stunning find.  Paydown, Missouri is an abandoned community with an amazing gristmill and manor. While I don’t know many specifics about the manor, the mill was built sometime between 1820 and 1830 by Charles Lane (whom appears to have also …..

December 26, 2016
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The Open Road

Road closed, access restricted due to water conditions, do not enter…..on and on the list goes of warnings I saw this weekend. We headed down to Johnson Shut-ins and Elephant Rocks state parks to spend some time adventuring in some of the best parks Missouri has to offer. Elephant rocks greeted us with a billboard sized …..

May 15, 2016
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Spanish Fort in Manila, Philippines

Be aware that Manila has a massive traffic issue.  It can take hours to get from the airport to other parts of the city. I flew to the other side of the world to see my wife and son for the first time in months.  But first, a little exploring.  I arrived in Manila, Philippines …..

January 28, 2016
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