We take frequent trips to the area in central Missouri, the Ozark Highlands, where my husband grew up. He is a proud Ozarkian (aka Hill-Billy). This summer we hiked part of my father-in-law's property in Mack's Creek, Missouri. We were on the hunt for a spring that he had shown me the year prior. We found it! And explored its entire two mile length...
|Luke and Joshua hunting along a likely washout for Elm Spring.|
|Abby helped us find the spring. Good job, Abby!|
|Elm Spring. This right where the water bubles up from the ground. It is crystal clear, drinkable in fact, and very cold.|
|All along the creek that flows out from Elm Spring is breathtaking green. The lushness of the green makes the creek stand out against the rocky brown Ozark terrain.|
|Will and Josh try reenacting the trek to the spring that my Father-in-law's family did daily for water before they had indoor plumbing or even a well!|
|The water is so clear!|
|Beautiful oasis in the otherwise dry, woodland hills.|
|The explorers: Olivia Rose, Josher, Willy-Beast, & dear ol' Pa.|
|At some points the creek spread out over its rock base.|
|At other points, Elm Spring creek cut deep into the soil.|
|Here you can see the depth of the surrounding topsoil.|
|Livy found a good luck charm. I wonder how old that horse shoe is.|
|My favorite spot - a little waterfall.|
|Will found his own place to relax.|
|Eventually we came to the confluence of Elm Spring Creek and another un-named creek.|
Come back soon and see what we found when we explored a bit further!
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