We took a day trip to Irondale a couple of weeks ago to climb to the tallest spot in Missouri, the top of Hughes Mountain. Sandy, Mary, Mary’s sister Vicky, and I climbed to the top of the mountain on a slightly cool, but sunny day. We saw very few people on the trail or the mountain top despite there being almost a dozen cars in the parking lot.
I learned the mountain had been formed approximately 1.5 billion years ago when the area was volcanically active (according to Wikipedia) and is called the Devil’s Honeycomb because it looks like a honeycomb when viewed from above. It is a smaller version of the Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming, the Devil’s Postpile National Monument in California, and the Giant’s Causeway near Bushmills, Northern Ireland.
On the way home we stopped in Festus, Missouri for a bite to eat at Main and Mill on, you guessed it, the corner of Main and Mill streets. Good food and good beer. Always a great way to end an adventure.
Here are the few images I took during the trip.