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Monday, July 13, 2015

In the Missouri Ozarks

Frog Rock
I'm visiting Pulaski County, MO, for the NSS 2015 Convention this week. Approximately 1,000 cavers from around the world are gathering here in the Cave State to visit many of our state's caves. I've met lots of interesting folks who know the cave world. Some folks this morning said they've attended all but two of the annual conferences since 1974.

I plan to learn about caves, bats, cave art and photography, and check out the Batmobile. Pulaski County has rolled out the red carpet and the enthusiasm is contagious.

Where is Pulaski County? If you've traveled I-44 from Oklahoma to St. Louis, you've passed right through it. It is the home of Ft. Leonard Wood and the towns of Waynesville and St. Robert. Not to mention that it is home to a fascinating stretch of Route 66.

Most of the southern Missouri rivers have receding flood waters and some caves are closed, but today it is hot and muggy. Summer is here in full force.

The first photo is of WH Croaker, the frog rock that overlooks Route 66 in Waynesville. The second and third show the beauty of the Ozarks. Everything is green after the recent rains.

While most of the rivers are muddy from the flood waters, we found this crystal clear stream.




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