HA HA TONKA STATE PARK
About three hours west from St. Louis which turned out to be five hours due to a detour we arrived at Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area encompassing over 3,700 acres on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, about five miles south of Camdenton, Missouri, in the United States.
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As everyone in the world knew that there was a total eclipse that was happening and while everyone was trying to find a place to check this amazing and magical phenomenon out Ryan, Rebecca and myself all go to Ha Ha Tonka State Park with it's intriguing history and outstanding geologic features, like the abandoned castle ruins that we read up on! Ha Ha Tonka is a geologic wonderland with caves, a huge natural bridge, sheer bluffs and Missouri’s 12th largest spring. The ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle overlook these wonders and offer impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. The Park is Missouri’s premiere showcase of karst geology, karst geologic features are those produced by the dissolution of carbonate bedrock. Karst features include caves, springs, sinkholes, collapsed caves, natural bridges and cliffs. We hiked the man made trail that was given to us which provide access to a natural bridge, the “Colosseum” sinkhole and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. The spring has an average daily flow of 48 million gallons and feeds into Lake of the Ozarks and may I had very cold! Fire sure took out the ruins of Robert Snyder’s mansion. In the early 1900s, the wealthy Kansas City businessman purchased 5,000 acres that included a spring-fed lake. For what was going to be his retirement home Snyder died in 1906 in one of the state’s first automobile fatalities. His sons finished the home, but it was gutted by fire in 1942. When you visit this wonder you will notice discolored rocks where the state has done some repairs to the castle walls to help stabilize to preserve the artistry of the masons. After spending a few hours here we headed to the spring to get a dip in because it was very sweltering and we were covered in sweat especially after getting some training in. We spent a couple hours checking out the lake, snagging some photos here 'n' there while rushing back so we wouldn't miss the total eclipse. I have never once in my life seen a total eclipse let a lone an eclipse at all, so this for me was a once in a life time moment. We can die at any moment and I'm happy that I have gotten to witness one before that. What if the eclipse never moved away and we were doomed with darkness? Would life as we know it end? Would we adapt? Let me know what you think in the comments, I'm intrigued to know your thoughts and feelings.
Well after our five hour drive to Ha Ha Tonka where we explored and jumped around on a 1900's castle which is now ruins, hiked the Spring Trail where we took a dip in the spring which by the way felt so good but so cold, and where we got to see the total eclipse we spent the rest of the day in Springfield, MO where it was two hours away so we hit up one of the popular hot spots there called, Founders Park. The design theme of the park resembles local historic Phenix Quarry, steam operated saws to cut large blocks of limestone for shipment throughout the country. Founders Park may seem like a concrete jungle with it's 250-seat amphitheater with a 18 by 30-foot stage which allows for so many jumps and flow like movement because there are so many different levels from beginners to more advanced practitioners to flip, slide, and vault on. With 153 and growing members and each of them unique with their own level of training we missed out on training with the parkour community with a sudden change in our route. If you are in the area of these guys hit them up at their facebook page so they can show you the spots around the areas. After spending a couple hours here and leading more into the evening we decided to get a few parkour runs in and started to leave so we can make it back to St. Louis in a decent time.
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Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri