We visited Columbia, Missouri, this past weekend. Jake wanted a break from our regular scenery, and I never say no to a short road trip that involves a hotel and someone to make breakfast for me. We had Shakespeare's Pizza with my sister Colleen on Friday night and then headed back to the hotel. In the morning, someone else made breakfast for me and then we went to the Pinnacles Youth Park, which is a piece of private land 13 miles north of I-70 on US 63 (directions: turn right on Pinnacles Road, make an immediate right hand turn, follow road to the gates). It's a tiny bit of land that is open to the public. I think the goal is to make it available to youth groups--scouts, 4H--but it is open for day trips to the general public.
So we headed down towards this overhang instead:
We crossed the creek and there on the other side was the trail, going quickly upward towards the pinnacles. It wasn't really that much of a climb, it seemed, until you looked down and realized it was quite high up. This picture below, that's the creek there in the middle, the one I just crossed.