Fall 2014

Another summer ends and fall begins. Hot Missouri afternoons morph into refreshingly cool fall evenings flavored with cider, hayrides and football. The press of busy activities may reduce our IRL travel time, but our computers provide us with a vehicle to explore this great state and to plan our IRL travel experiences. I’ve researched a few internet sites to get you started on your fall travels.

This well-designed site can keep you busy for a long time: Missouri-vacations.com/index.htm. It has links to all kinds of Missouri trips and vacation ideas and is focused on the Arcadia Valley Region. I found information on float trips, campgrounds, antiques and more. The page features a constantly changing series of beautiful photos of Missouri scenery.

The world’s first school of journalism was founded in Columbia in 1908 by Walter Williams. This page at Journalism.missouri.edu/jschool/ has information about this still famous school which is part of Missouri University.

You can even keep an eye on the J-School with its streaming web cam at
Journalism.missouri.edu/jschool/webcam/. The camera looks east from the roof of Gannet Hall, allowing a view of students moving about in addition to a glimpse of area weather. The Mizzou Memorial Student Union cam, located at Unions.missouri.edu/webcam, may be a bit voyeuristic, but it allows viewers to watch students as they study and socialize in the Union.

Civil War reenactments have been very popular in Missouri. Historic Glasgow will host a reenactment of the Battle of Glasgow October 11-12. You can read more about the event at Glasgowmo.com/re-enactment/index.html. For more information about the battle and the history of Glasgow, check out the Lewis Library web site at
LewisLibrary.org/Ghistory.html. Lewis Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi.

Fall foliage is always a treat in Missouri. This is a link that will let you download a free app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mo-fall-colors/id570718731?mt=8. The link will help you find pictures and GPS information to travel to places to view Missouri fall foliage. This is provided by the Missouri Department of Conversation. Apps are also available for Missouri Fishing and Missouri hunting. Links to iTunes to download these and other apps are all on the same page.

If you watch Cardinal Baseball, you have seen the Ted Drewes Frozen Custard commercials. Ted Drewes is a legend in the St. Louis area. Their website at
TedDrewes.com/home/default.aspx has information about products and their locations. Ted Drewes has been home to the original “concrete” since 1929. The web page has a photo of their location with a beautiful ’57 Chevy in front of it. I had one just like it, except mine was a different color. As Ted says in every commercial: “It’s really good guys and gals!” Be sure to follow the links to the history and about the custard.

Here is the Missouri page that has links to EVERYTHING: http://agrimissouri.com.You just click on your interest and then enter the city or county to find the location and details. Under FUN, there are links from antiques to zip-lines, with corn mazes and pumpkin patches in between. Other categories include places to go, Missouri products, Missouri events and more. Information is included about farmer’s markets and a photo contest.

Missouri in the fall is especially beautiful with our changing foliage and many festivals and activities. I hope you enjoy your travels either IRL or on the web. Perhaps we will cross paths in a corn maze or a pumpkin festival. If you see me at a civil war reenactment or a Cardinals game (I hope it is during the world series) be sure to say hello. Until then enjoy our beautiful Missouri and always be careful on the road.