Day trip to Shaw Nature Reserve

October 28th, 2016

In my last post I mentioned how Nate and I are trying to go for more hikes. We haven’t entirely lived up to it but we’ve been making an effort, and aside from spotting more Trump signs than we’d like, the rural areas of of Missouri have been beautiful hiking destinations.

Two weekends ago, we went out to Shaw Nature Reserve and ended up getting just a wee bit off course. With all the leaves changing and the vibrant flowers, it was a-ok by me. It just meant more time to look around and gab about this coming year (and how we’ll try to keep our sanity while planning a wedding).

I love this time of year so much. Fall is my favorite transitional season, one that doesn’t really manage to prepare me for winter, but just because I’m never quite ready for it to end. It’s birthday season in my family as well. Last year around this time, I said goodbye to my 20s and this year I had to fully embrace being in my 30s. It’s quite weird to acknowledge that, when emotionally you don’t feel over the age of 24.

Not to sound like Ferris Bueller, but life is moving pretty fast.


That is why these hikes have been so great. They give me moments to see some pretty things and spend time with Nate. Natural beauty is good for the eyes, especially when these eyes are used to staring at a computer everyday.






This is about when we realized we took a wrong path and had no idea where we were, ha. We ended up behind someone’s house and had to walk down a small road to get back to the park entrance. We came across a section of the area that was mostly old, abandoned motels.







I’ll end this post with a quote that was on the wall of one of the houses on the reserve:

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. 

I. feel. this.

All the beauty around us, every tree, plant, animal and wildlife humanizes us all and should make us feel so grateful. Grateful that we’re here to witness it, be a part of it and share it with one another. I can’t help but feel like a lot of us take this world for granted, as well as the things that come with it. We aren’t great at respecting it or acknowledging when it’s in danger. Sometimes I think about what the world might look like in a couple of hundred years. Perhaps whatever it becomes, people will still be able to find beauty in it. But right now, I really hope the landscape doesn’t change.