Cool. Clear. Water.

As a teenager living in a small town, it is easy to take all the wonderful things about living in the country for granted. Like everyone else on the planet, sometimes I catch myself only seeing the negative in things. When I do catch myself with stinking thinking, I feel ashamed. I am so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and I barely realize it. While there are not any concerts or amusement parks to visit here, there are clear blue skies, unpolluted clear streams, nice and caring people, beautiful forests and trails, wildlife… to take their place—spring-fed streams being one of my faves.

All the wonderful parks and rivers that surround me — the postcard world in which I live. The 573 is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, especially when it comes to the awesome, crystal clear spring fed water rushing all around us. Places like Pink Rock, Sam A. Baker, Johnson Shut-Ins, Current River and countless others, all hosting cool spring fed water waiting for you to play in on a hot summer’s day. So many people are just plain unaware of these natural playgrounds that are rampant in Southeast Missouri.

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