Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A non stitchy Wednesday post

Greetings everyone!~ Today's post is a not stitchy one. I need to take some time to get caught up on things so I thought I'd leave you with some pictures of our beautiful landscape here in the Ozarks while I do so. These pictures were taken last summer during our visit to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton. It is really beautiful there in the Spring and Summer. As you approach the park at the top of the hill, you will be greeted with the remains of a carriage house for a castle that was built here by wealthy busniessman Robert McClure Snyder. He had visited the casltes of Europe and longed to have some of that luxury here in the Ozark Mountains. He hired stone masons from Scotland and the building began. It was once THE place to be for parties at the time. Mr. Snyder suffered many tragedies during his years here, one being the castle catching fire and losing everything. There are pictures of what the castle looked like during the years he and his family lived there posted on plaques on the premises. I wish I had thought to capture some while we were there.

Here is an airial view of the castle. On down that road to the right is where the remains of the carriage house is located.

This is the carriage house.

This is the first view of the castle as you're walking up the hill.

A peek inside.

This is overlooking the hills and one of the rivers that runs out of the lake there. Although you can't really tell in the picture, it's a magnificant view.

One of the watch towers.

Here is Alex down in further into the park.

This last one is one of many natural bridges that we have in our state. This one is down further into the park.

Well that's it! There is lots more to see in this park and even if you stayed all day , you wouldn't see it all!

I want to thank you all for all of your wonderful comments! Reading all of your comments in one of the greatest highlights of my day!! Thank you also for continuing to read my blog. I wanted to take a minute to tell you all how much I appreciate your visits and getting to know you all.Please come back real soon!

'till next time,
take care and don't be a stranger,


  1. Beautiful pictures!! It reminds me of "Jane Eyre" when she comes back and he is sitting in the ruins of the house-in the old Orson Wells version anyway!

  2. Neat. Looks like a good field trip!

  3. Those are great pictures. I would have thought that the pictures were from Europe because you don't come across things like that much here in the states.

  4. Wow! I never have heard of this before! It's definitely the type of place I'd love to take my boys to for a visit someday!

  5. Great pictures and interesting history.

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. What a great view. No wonder you are proud of your home area

  7. Thanks for the pictures. Makes me want to go check it out. I Love state parks.

  8. I envision a fairy tale Princess and her handsome beau (or Romeo and Juliet perhaps)living there way back when. What fun photos, I think it would make a beautiful backdrop for a bride's wedding photos....kinda like Taylor Swifts video "Love Story". I never would have guessed these were taken in the USA. Thanks for sharing! Smiles....

  9. Wow, that's really pretty! I've never been in that part of the country.. thanks for taking me along with you!

  10. Oh I didn't realise you lived in the Ozarks! Do you know of Billye Brim ministries? I prob spelled that wrong lol. x


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