After being sick with an awful cold this week, I felt I needed to get out of the house and did so the morning of Independence Day.
First, I’m going to rewind for a moment to the cold. It all started Sunday evening with a sore throat and I knew immediately where that was heading. Boo! Hiss! A summer cold. I don’t get summer colds. By Monday morning I did indeed have a cold but it didn’t seem all that bad. Tuesday it had worsened some. By then you could hear it in my voice and I had a cough but it wasn’t so bad to prevent me from going on a trial hike with my brother when I got off work. By Wednesday morning it had slapped me hard and I woke up miserable. I spent that day unable to breathe through my nose. Thursday I could breathe through my nose but was unable to hear. Each day my cough had worsened and I ended up feeling so bad those two days I took off from work. Friday rolled around and I decided to go out for some fresh air.
Since I wasn’t feeling 100% up to par, but at least better than the past two days, I didn’t want to overdo it. I figured this was a good opportunity to check out the little trail at August G. Beckemeier Conservation Area. The conservation area is located in Chesterfield on Olive Blvd little over a mile north of Faust Park. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive from my house. I think the majority of people who drive on Olive Blvd aren’t even aware of the existence of this conservation area.
Before I got started, I was got sidetracked by this bumble bee on a thistle in front of my parking space.
Okay! The conservation area consists of 54 acres and a .75 mile long trail. The sign in my first photo is right at the little parking lot and walking past it is where the trail starts, which begins with this grassy section. I must note that behind the sign under the shade of a tree is a picnic table.
Not long after you begin you come to a fork in the trail. Either way takes you into the woods for the rest of the trail that’s a loop. Clockwise or counterclockwise, it’s your choice. I decided on clockwise.
Into the woods I went. The trail narrows to a packed dirt path.
It’s a very nice wooded trail that mostly looks like this.
Some parts have a little more plant growth like this.
You’ll get to an intersection of trail paths but it’s only to take you off the main trail to this overlook with a bench. The outer edge of the conservation area looks over the waterworks in Chesterfield and past that the Missouri River.
To the left of the bench this little stream runs down the hill. I love to see and hear gently running water. So relaxing.
After you’re finished at the bench you go back to the trail and continue on the loop. Either way you go — clockwise or counterclockwise — the trail through the woods works its way down and then back up.
The next thing you know you’re back out to the grassy part of the trail.
When I returned to the sign by the parking lot I was feeling just fine and decided to give the trail another go in the opposite direction. A trail can be a whole other thing taken in the opposite direction. Completely different views. You tend to notice things you didn’t notice going the other way.
It’s a very nice little conservation area and I recommend stopping by to check it out if you’re in the neighborhood. For a little more adventure, you can go to the nearby Faust Park to walk through the historic village and then hike the Governor Bates Trail, which is just over a mile in length. That’s exactly what I did and I’ll be back to tell you about that in the next day or so.
About the cold, it’s hanging on. My head still has some stuffiness and I have a feeling I’m going to have this cough for awhile. I really hate when it sneaks up on me and explodes into an awful choking and slobbering fit. So dignified it is.