My parents, aunt and I took a trip down to the Arcadia Valley, and ascended Taum Sauk Mountain, the tallest mountain in the state of Missouri. As we wound up Route CC, the road that leads to the top of the peak, we were confused. No tall mountain loomed in front of us; only trees and rusted cars on cement blocks stretched out to the left and right. Finally we made it to the top of the mountain, and I remarked,
“This is the lamest tall mountain I’ve ever been on.”
The forest fire spotting tour, which protrudes vertiginously above the tree line, rose in front of us. It was pouring down rain and only my father climbed the tower, only to be turned back by a locked door at the top. I commented that my father was the highest person in Missouri at 1772 feet at that moment, as the tower was unmanned at the time. I guess there’s not many fires to worry about when it’s raining.