What to do? We decided we would take a road trip and see if we could find the Audubon Trail. the Audubon Trail is located in the Mark Twain National Forest. The hiking guide we have suggested hiking this trail in the winter months, but since we were just trying to find it, it seemed a rainy day in April would do just fine.
On our way out of town I noticed this hydrant. With the cone on its top it looked rather gnome-ish to me. What do you think?
Did I mention they said it was going to rain?
The Trail is located near the St. Francois-Ste. Genevieve County line Sourtheast of Farmington, MO. By the time we got there the sun was shining.
Getting there involves about 4.5miles of gravel road.
The unofficial Trailhead is located near the ford over Bidwell Creek.
There was nowhere to park, but the road did widen out. I pulled the Yaris over on the graveled shoulder. There were some open areas that could work for parking if the ground hadn't been so wet.
The reason to hike this trail in the winter months is for the views. As we got out of the car and the insects starting buzzing around my head I could think of another good reason to do this trail during the colder months.
But, it turned out that a certain insect made our day. On the other side of the creek we came across a recent campsite.
There were butterflies everywhere. They were so thick they were literately on top of one another.
|Most of the butterflies looked like this.|
|But, some looked like this.|
|And, some looked like this.|
|I think I liked the blue ones best.|
|These are called fire pinks.|