Dogwood Canyon, Part II

The Path through Dogwood Canyon continues…


This week’s photos highlight a little chapel, located at the beginning of the trail just on the other side of last week’s covered bridge.

After the chapel, we rode our bikes past waterfalls, over bridges and close to dogwood trees.

Don’t forget to check out next week’s BLOG for the FINAL LEG OF OUR JOURNEY…WILDLIFE!

Glenda Brehm

NOTE: My husband, Dan, took most of these pictures as I am too busy having fun riding my bike through the park.


A little chapel with a huge window at the front, framing a waterfall.

Segway Tours


We chose to bike through the canyon.


More biking…


Dogwood Canyon is full of beautiful bridges.


Another beautiful bridge…


Waterfalls in the creek


Waterfalls flowing off the cliffs


Dogwood trees


More dogwoods

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Dogwood Canyon, Part I

“O LORD, how great are thy works!”

My first trip since moving from California to Missouri…

Just this week, my husband and I were blessed to have visited Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, located near Branson, Missouri.

What a peaceful place! We decided to bike through the canyon along a trail that followed a stream chock full of trout with waterfalls both in the water and cascading down the cliffs, which bordered the stream. And…Dogwood trees were scattered all along the creek’s edge.

Today’s pictures are of an old Grist Mill, turned into a museum and restaurant. And, a covered bridge, which began the first leg of our journey. Both of these structures added to the charm of the park.

Truthfully, this canyon made me feel as if I were back home in Yosemite Valley (minus the high granite cliffs)—It was that serene.

I’ll be blogging about this adventure over the next several weeks. You won’t want to miss the end of the trail…I was so surprised by a little bit of wildlife that I had never seen before.

God Bless!

Glenda Brehm

For more information about Dogwood Canyon Nature Park visit their website at http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/




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The Narrow Way


Arches National Park, Utah

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Bristlecone Pine

Imagine being born 3200 years ago! At that time, Deborah would have been a prophetess in Israel and ancient Egypt would have been the superpower. That was also when this gnarled tree, now carved, chiseled and sculpted by wind and time was born.

Today, it still clings to life in a tiny forest scattered among other very old bristlecone pines, high above the Great Basin at Great Basin National Park in Nevada.


Bristlecone Pine Tree located at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

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Meandering along the Cold Springs Nature Trail, Picture #3

It’s always fun meeting new people on the trail. These two ladies were the only other ones we saw the morning my husband and I hiked the Cold Springs Nature Trail. We took turns passing each other while pausing every so often to gaze upon the beauty of nature.DSC_0048

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Best Easy Day Hikes Sequoia & Kings Canyon

513KlkL0g6L._SX298_BO1,204,203,200_This little book has been the guide to my best adventures in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

Each summer, for the past nine years, I’ve slowly, one by one, hiked one or more of the magnificent trails found in the pages of this book.

Now, I have six left.

If it all works out, next week another one will be explored: The Cold Springs Nature Trail. This trail is located in a part of Sequoia National Park that I have yet to visit. Needless-to-say, I’m very excited about this upcoming adventure.

I hope to post a description of the hike along with pictures next week.




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The Dragonfly


This dragonfly picture was taken by my 12-year-old nephew from the front of his house.

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The Path of the Just


Cliff Dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona

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Teddy Bear Cholla


This photo was taken in the Arizona Desert on Route 66 near Oatman, Arizona. I located a picture of this same plant on a website regarding desert life. Near as I can tell, this cactus is classified as Cylindropuntia bigelovii, but more affectionately called “Teddy Bear Cholla.”

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Cactus Flowers


Photo taken in the Arizona Desert on Route 66 near Oatman, Arizona. (March 2016)

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