What I Wear: Camping Essentials
We booked our first official camping trip of the summer today. We are headed to Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. We go camping a lot but I haven't been to Johnson Shut-Ins in years so I'm pretty stoked. The campground wraps around the Black River and adjoins Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. Together the parks cover over 16,000 acres of the Missouri Ozarks. The term "shut-in" refers to a part of the river that is limited by hard rock. Thousands of years ago the river was confined to a small channel through this rock that's resistant to water erosion and pokes up out of the ground causing the water to twist and turn around it. After so many years of this the rocks have become smooth and created gorgeous scenery. For clowns like us, its a blast to play around on the rocks and experience what some people call "nature's water park." The shut-ins lead down to a valley where, when I was a kid, the water was so deep that you could jump off the surrounding bluffs into it. In 2005 the park was devastated by a flood and all of the campsites had to be rebuilt. I haven't been back since and I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like now.
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