My Little Red Coleman Lantern

Other than my recliner, I do not know of anything I find as comfortable as the warm glow and quiet hiss of a Coleman Lantern.  When I think back, some of my best memories involve the warming glow of a Coleman lantern somewhere on the bank of the Gasconade River.  I remember the bugs buzzing round the lantern globe and the faint smell of lantern fuel as it burns off into the night. Other times I remember making campsites in the Mark Twain National Forest with little more than a tarp and a blanket.  The Coleman lantern was always my beacon Continue Reading →

The Cedar Tree – Missouri’s Next State Tree?

Driving down a two-lane byway South of Wasola, MO last week I noticed a cedar tree perched high up on a rocky ledge.  He looked to be balancing on one root and any sudden wind would have sent him toppling into the road and ditch below.  But, I don’t believe he will fall to his demise anytime soon, if ever.  It seems that cedar trees not only do well in those precarious situations, but they thrive. A staple of the Missouri scenery, I don’t think enough credit goes to this hardy Missourian.  As a matter of fact, I think Continue Reading →