Little Grand Canyon | 5 Tips Before You Go

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke One of the most advanced hikes we take as a family, Little Grand Canyon was admittedly intimidating the first time we did this trail a few years back. With that being said many of my fears were dispelled that first time and we have since found this to be our […]

Remembering The Past – Honoring The Present – Investing In The Future

Mural | Southern Illinois Tourism | Murphysboro

on the side of 1341 Walnut (corner of 14th and Walnut) ARTISTS  Christine DeShazo · Sue Gindlesparger LOCATION  GPS – Lat: 37°7641484″N     Lon: 89°3380938″W DATE 2023 SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS #revitalize62966 #applecity62966 #paintthetown62966   THE STORY BEHIND THE MURAL The mural’s theme pays homage to education and its importance in Murphysboro. Since 1843, an emphasis on learning […]

All the ways | Why you shouldn’t miss your next local art fair

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke Throughout southern illinois, and within every community across the country, art fairs are hosted in local parks, civic centers, and more. Some are well attended, some not so much. There are juried exhibits, those with vendor fees and those without. The novice and the trained. Those that call themselves artists, […]

Weekend at the Cave | Murphysboro, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke With the Shawnee Cave Amphitheater recently announcing their 2023 Weekend at the Cave lineup, we headed to check out the venue and share more about what you can expect. Previously known as Saltpeter Cave, the amphitheater reopened in 2020 after almost a decade of closure. While we had heard bits […]

Historical Portraits

Portraits | Southern Illinois Tourism

Located at Smysor Plaza and the Daum Building in the Courthouse Square District downtown Address: south 1100 and 1200 blocks on Walnut Street HISTORICAL PORTRAITS – COURTHOUSE SQUARE DISTRICT The portraits at Smysor Plaza and at the Daum Building are paintings dedicated to residents who have been critical to the development and betterment of Murphysboro. […]

A Slow Sunday in Murphysboro, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke Southern Illinois is ripe for relaxation and Sundays, with many businesses and destination spots closed, provides a unique opportunity to visit the few open and available places. For us that included a slow day out in Murphysboro, Illinois with some key stops. Family-owned and operated for over fifty years, we […]

Snake Road with the Snake Kid

Deliciously Ordinary | Lindsay Stockhecke Enjoying the Shawnee National Forest requires awareness and respect for your surroundings, including snakes. In 2022 the state of Illinois received its first State Snake designation courtesy of the efforts of a Murphysboro native, Gentry Heiple. It just so happens that this ambitious eighth grader is also our son […]

Welcoming Spring | Mcnitt Growers

Deliciously Ordinary | Lindsay Stockhecke Greeted with a warm welcome and an abundance of plants isn’t the worst first impression, and that was our introduction to Mcnitt Growers. Established in 1987, this family-run business located six miles south of Murphysboro Mainstreet, has expanded over the years to provide wholesale, retail, and the largest strawberry […]

Lunch-Spot Views | Kinkaid Spillway

Deliciously Ordinary | Lindsay Stockhecke A popular swimming spot in the summer, Kinkaid Lake Spillway is a stairstepping waterfall worth visiting any time of year. When the sun is absent, or when he starts to stop by. When the world feels heavy and lightness obsolete. Somehow nature finds a way to quiet it all […]

By the Region | So ILL East + Central + West

Deliciously Ordinary | Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke March 2023 | With seventeen counties overall, depending on who you ask, Southern Illinois is vast and far-reaching. It is a fountain of outdoor activities, art and culture but the enormity of the area can feel daunting and overwhelming for many visitors. Jackson County is one of […]