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Big Spring is the largest spring in the state of Missouri.
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Mid-Missouri girl visits the Ozarks for the first time
While I've lived in Missouri pretty much my entire life (those first two years in Utah don't count, do they?), I've never really traveled outside of the I-70 Corridor. Of course, I've moved several times and lived in many towns: Columbia, Lexington, Kansas City, Higginsville, and then finally back to Columbia. And if I want to get away for a day or two, I generally head toward St. Louis, which can get a little old.
That's why I'm thrilled to be the assistant editor for Missouri Life, because it gives me the chance to explore everything this state has to offer--the treasures I normally wouldn't have seen.
This past weekend, I saw several sites in the Ozarks. I was visiting my boyfriend Jim, who is currently taking field studies classes for his forestry degree at the University Forest Environmental Education Center near Lake Wappapello. Since he'd already been there for a couple weeks, he was fairly well-versed in the area and showed me around.
Our first stop was Rocky Falls, which made for wonderful swimming. The waterfall is gorgeous, and even though I slipped on the rocks and now have a bruise on my wrist, it's a lot of fun climbing the rocks and then making your way back down with the water.
After, we stopped off at Big Spring, which is the largest spring in the state and one of the largest in the world, putting out close to 276 million gallons of water each day. I used this spring as a mini-photography lesson and (finally) learned how to make running water have that milky effect.
We spent the afternoon sitting in a remote section of Big Creek in Sam A. Baker State Park. Jim, being the explorer that he is, insisted we hike a mile past where everyone else was cooling off to a more secluded part of Big Creek. I was less than amused, as it was nearing 100 degrees outside, but it was worth it. We sat in the cool creek for about two hours watching people in canoes float past us.
It's an understatement to say that the Ozarks is a beautiful place. But, what else is there to say? I'm just excited to continue exploring in two weeks when I go floating on the Eleven Point River.