I'm catching up on my blog posts and I'm super excited to share the experience I had on the Meramec River with my mom and dogs. Meramec Caverns are approximately an hour outside of St. Louis, MO, and was the location where we reserved our canoe. There were also options to kayak or raft, but with two dogs, we opted for the more reliable of the three choices! We were dropped off at Meramec State Park and finished the trip back at the Meramec Caverns.
Merrell is an outdoor brand that specializes in hiking shoes and clothing. As a Merrell College Ambassador, I get to lead amazing trips with the Outdoor Adventure Club through the generous grant provided by Merrell and Outdoor Foundation. Some of the trips include camping and hiking at local and state parks, ice skating, horseback riding and 5K runs. I love being an ambassador and am continuously inspired by my fellow colleagues! My only qualm is that we all live so far apart :) Be sure to check out their breathtaking Instagram feeds for some serious outdoor envy!
Every year for Lent, I think of something to give up. In the past, I've given up chocolate, shopping, eating out (coffee is out of the question) and I usually don't to a stellar job. This year I decided I wanted to DO something. I want to spread joy and make it as easy on you to do something positive during lent. Each day I will send out an uplifting bible quote straight to your inbox. It will be short, sweet, and to the point with no personal side commentary. Let each quote inspire you to do good. *this form has closed, check back next year!*
Date: February 2017
Duration: 2 hours
Weather: 45 degrees Fahrenheit, partly cloudy and rainy
Photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7
Shoes and raincoat: Merrell; Waterproof joggers: Athleta
Guided dirt trails make this hike easy and enjoyable. Because we went on a rainy day, we experienced a fairly empty trail. The path follows the Potomac River until it intercepts the falls in Great Falls National Park. It is free to park at Riverbend but it is approximately a one-mile walk to Great Falls (you can park at Great Falls but will have to pay park fees). There are three overlooks and my photos of the falls were taken at overlook number one. The man-made dam is located in Riverbend. On warm days, sometimes you can watch experienced kayakers maneuver the smaller falls. There is a more challenging Billy Goat trail on the Maryland side of the falls.