I was born in Missouri, and went to college there too. Growing up, we had countless family trips to the “Show Me” state to visit my grandparents. So, I’ve always felt like I’ve had a pretty good familiarity with the state. But there was still a large swath of northern Missouri I’d never explored, so I took the opportunity with my end of April trip to quickly do so.
Passing through St. Joseph, MO with the highway towering over the Missouri river to the left and historic downtown to the right, I really wished I had allocated more time to explore this storied city, once the last bastion of civilization before pioneer wagon trains and Pony Express riders headed out into the great Wild West.
But the focus of today’s trip was to check out 2 of Missouri’s National Wildlife Refuges – Squaw Creek and Swan Lake. So, St. Joe had to settle for a few quick “windshield shots” and a promise that I’ll explore it more next time.