This spider wort was thriving along with the poison ivy.
These were two of a series of three falls near the top of the trail.
The trail is easily followed, though steep and a little slick when wet, but it's easy to give in to the temptation to climb down to the stream bed below for a different perspective. I'm sure that most of the time it would be fairly easy to climb up the creek, but we had a pretty good flow. Of course, the little waterfalls are why we were there.
This side stream made effective but very slick steps.
This little gorge is tucked between the River Trail and Fort Roots. In between the industrial remnants of the quarry and the VA facility is a neat little microcosm of green. The old ruins of the quarry machines and structures add some interesting shapes to the area and also deserve exploration.
Sometimes when exploring the wilds it's possible to discover ancient temples or shrines. I think this is a temple to that most powerful god, KRYLON.
This is where roadside litter stops on its way to the beach.
A portion of the mural by artist VL Cox reflected in a pool of rain water.
There are many little havens like this around town, some that I know about and I'm sure many that I don't. It's fun to get out and explore your own backyard from time to time. It's a pleasure to enjoy a little walk in the Ozarks 10 minutes from home.