Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Day Trip to HA HA Tonka State Park

Karen Called yesterday morning and as she was talking to Kelly I heard Kelly say "That not to far of a drive" I was on that like a duck on June bug!!! I said "Where are you going" "Who is going"? Can Nancy and me go too!!! The answer to this was Yes!! After this past month or so with Nancy health so poor we were all ready for a day or FUN!! So we took off for a day down in the Ozarks!! I have a bunch of pictures here but none of Karen who doesn't want any of her put on my blog until she loses 12 more pounds and we can publish a before and after picture. She has lost 88 pounds so far!!! I am so proud of her.
It was a very fun day but very very HOT! We drove through Osage Beach after our picnic. which has a huge outlet mall and then on to Bagnell Dam. We were home by 10:00.

Kelly on the trail

Grams and Nancy on the trail which by the
way was very handicap assessable!
The trail was paved and easy to walk on!! It was uphill to the
castle but comming down was a lot easier!!

Grams entering the trail to the castle

Nancy entering the trail to the castle

The view on the trail !

Oops! The tower after we saw the castle

The castle ruins

A gentleman from Kansas City built this years ago for
a place to come and relax from the strains of his business!
Karen said the sign said they used mule packs to bring up the stone

Kelly climbing at one of the sites

Looking down into it

Kelly at the bottom

At our picnic site at the Lake of the Ozark State Park

The girls took this photo of a buzzard in the tree!

Kelly and Grams

Nancy and Grams before our picnic! We were starting to cool off

Kelly grilling for us!

Yum! We had a great Day!!


Melli said...

My head did a double take when I saw this post! Why? Cuz when I lived in Minneapolis, I lived near Lake MinneTONKA, which fed into MinneHAHA Creek... and the park near the lake was either Minnetonka Park or Minnehaha Falls Park... not sure! Anyway - lots of Tonka's and Haha's! And the Tonka Truck & Car factory is out there too!

Looks like you guys had a GREAT day at the park! And Nancy looks GOOD!!! That is great!

I can't WAIT to see the pictures of Karen! I bet she is really lookin' good!

Denise said...

Such nice pictures, so glad you enjoyed your day. I love you.

Julie said...

lucky you. I want to go to the Ozarks soooo bad. It looks so pretty.
Mom and Dad are on there way here on Thursday. Lots of family things going on here next week so probably won't be on much.

Glo said...

We've been to this park.It's beautiful. I just loved the picture of you and your girls. I'm so glad you guys got to go out and have a day trip. You had a wonderful time and best of all Nancy got to go too.

Love & {{hugs}},

Donna said...

You know what? Although Cliff's relatives are from the lake area (Versailles and Eldon), we've never been to that park. Sounds like an idea for a motorcycle ride!

Great pictures.

Linda said...

What fun you girls had!!! So glad you were able to get out and have some fun after all you have been through. Nancy looks so good!

Mary said...


What great photos of a wonderful day. I'm so glad your family could have this outing. I know it's been a while since you got away. I've seen the Ozarks and they are beautiful. We were in Arkansas and Missouri in 2005 and I love the area.

I read the previous post and praise God that Nancy's blood count is up. That's great news. Continuing to pray for your both. What a great weight loss on Karen's part. Tell her congratulations.

I'm so glad you are posting again. I've missed hearing all of your news.

Love Bears All Things said...

I know you were ready for this outing. Looks like it was good for all.
Yes, there is lots to do and I am trying not to stress about it because I know the end result is that I'll be back home near my daughter. One advantage is that we've got to sale our house so we can take our time packing unless God sends us a buyer right away. If He did, I'd be so happy, I would probably hire help. I'll do a little of that anyway. This is one time I wish my sisters, nieces and sister by law were close by. They were such a big help when we were packing up our parents' stuff.
Mama Bear

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Grams,

What beautiful pictures of your outing. It sure looks pretty there, but then, all the Ozarks are scenic and lovely, and I'm glad I live here.

You all look like you enjoyed the outing. I love day trips. Getting away and commuting with nature a bit is so refreshing.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Have a great evening.

Love and Hugs,


Hootin' Anni said...

How wonderful Carolyn!! How wonderful that you all got to have some time together, and away from home. Looks like a fun super fantastic time too. Mmmmmm, hot dogs.

Hope your day has been good for you.

Sandi said...

What a fun day. The views were amazing. I'm glad you could get out for a day of fun.

Loretta said...

Such beautiful pictures. Thanks for posting them. I am so glad you got to do this. Have a great week.

Denise said...

That looks like sooooooooooo much fun......... I love trips like that......... We so want to go to the coast of Texas this fall. This is the first time I have seen Nancy...... it is always good to put a face with a name........ Blessings to you all girl friend..

come by and put your name in the pool pot! I have stuff to give away!

Glo said...

I bet your still tired from you trip this week-end. I know I would be. Seem like we go any where any more and I have to rest up two days before a trip and about five after.....Golden years. Someone should have told us more about them.Years ago. ;-)

Love and Big {{Hugs}}