The weather was also great for the final walk of the year. It got to be in the 50's and sunny by the end.
(left to right) Jenn, Riley, Taylor and Cory ready to get the last 8 miles to reach 500
Missouri trails are pretty brown in the winter as most go from creek bed (hollow) to rolling hill top and back as they weave across the landscape
The park does have some distinct zones. Moving from Hardwoods to Pine (above) to cleared Savannah due to fire
a variety of things still green along the trail
The park is known for its Bat Caves and we saw several around the loop that were closed off to protect the bats inside from getting any disease from people during their hibernation. The park also has many springs from this small one (below)
The water is crystal clear but with a bit of a mineral taste from all the chert and other sedimentary rock in the ground
The much larger Meramec Spring was blooming with life and color. Right in front of another Bat Cave. I am sure the bats appreciate all the insect life the spring draws
Thanks to Cory and family for letting me come along on your great accomplishment for 2016. While I can't say I am not happy to see the backside of 2016, it is always great to be on the trail at anytime.
See you in 2017.