Ha Ha Tonka — It’s No Joke


Missouri Day Trip: Ridgedale to Kansas City

Ha Ha Tonka State Park                                                                  Roadtrippers Map
Lake of the Ozarks
Closest Town: Camdenton, Missouri
About 158 miles from Kansas City and 178 miles from St. Louis
As with all Missouri State Parks, it is dog-friendly

From their brochure:
With its intriguing history and outstanding geologic features, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one state park that should not be missed.  The park is a geologic wonderland with sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, sheer bluffs, and Missouri’s 12th-largest spring.  The ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle overlook those wonders and offer impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring.

 
 

I’ve wanted to visit this Missouri State Park for several years — it’s an Instagram favorite. It’s best known for its castle ruins, and its beautiful location at the top of a hill overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks. It’s easily explored via trails, boardwalks, and staircases.  And many stairs. Lots of stairs. Still … that’s better than blazing your own trail.

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Take Joy Where You Find It

A pretty sunset tonight in Missouri. Of course, there are always trees and houses between me and the horizon here. It’s not like standing on a beach in California where it feels like you can reach out and touch the sunset. I’ve taken too many sunsets for granted — never again! Grab happiness where you can and enjoy the moments. It’s all about hope.

A Quality Day in Kansas City

Historic Kansas City Foundation
816-931-8448
Facebook page (the best place to keep up):  https://www.facebook.com/HistoricKC/

QUALITY HILL HERITAGE HIKE

I’ve always been interested in history, and everywhere I travel I make an effort to learn about the local history, and take tours with local experts.   I realized about a year ago that I could do that in my own hometown, but I hadn’t.  I’m lucky to live in a city that values  history and historic buildings, and cares enough to share both with the people who live here.

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MORE West Bottoms!

West Bottoms Antique District
Kansas City, Missouri

I came away junk-drunk from my first First Friday in the West Bottoms, and Day Two was equally intoxicating. The vendors there are creative, clever, and passionate. It’s a big party where you get to buy really cool old stuff. If you like architecture, history, antiques, or food trucks…you’ll like the West Bottoms — it’s just plain fun! My Day Two finds…

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Perpetually waiting…

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I love this sad little guy! I’m not sure he knows what he’s waiting for, but he seems to still have hope. And his hair is stylin’!

When art inspires stories, that’s when you take it home. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than original folkart. I found this wonderful assemblage art piece by former Hallmark artist Chari Peak Roberts at Prize Antiques in the Bottoms Up Antique Market. West Bottoms in Kansas City, Missouri. That’s a working seed spreader on his belly!

Now that he lives in my home, I’ve renamed him Lefty McBrush-Head.

 

MY PHOTO GALLERIES