Friday, July 16, 2010

Highpoint: Missouri. Taum Sauk Mountain (1772 ft). July 1, 2010

Missouri was next on our agenda -- after leaving Mt. Magazine State Park, we headed northeast to ascend Taum Sauk.

This peak is essentially a drive-up.

Before we reached the summit area, we stopped to climb a lookout tower...

...and were treated to this lovely view...

After descending, we hopped back into the car and drove along the gravel road toward the peak.

The path to the high point is paved, and only a couple tenths of a mile long...

We reached the top in short order.

We had planned on camping near the summit, but the available sites were secluded and not patrolled; we therefore left Taum Sauk and drove to nearby Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. The campground at Johnson's had a forest ranger as a host and was full of friendly people. Alex and Sage had a great time playing with a couple of girls from Arizona, and I enjoyed conversing with the girls' parents. Too soon, it was time to pack up and head out.

Next stop: Oklahoma.

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