The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
Elephant Rocks State Park, in southeastern Missouri isn't too far away from civilization.
The most fascinating aspect of this place is the monstrous granite boulders, remnants of an ancient volcano, which dot the park. Place your hand on one of them and you're touching almost 1.5 billion years of geologic history! When the sun hits them just right at sunrise or sunset, the rocks resemble a line of red circus elephants walking head to tail.
Situated in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest, opportunities for recreational activities ‑ biking, hiking, float trips ‑ are everywhere.
For a literary connection, take a scenic drive 90 miles to the south and visit Laura Ingalls Wilder's Rocky Ridge Farm, near Mansfield. Here she wrote many of the Little House books.