Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mammoth Spring State Park - Part 1

I really wanted to stay home but it was Amy, Sam amd Grayson's last day and it wasn't too hot so we went.  I'm so glad I did as I saw things there I hadn't seen before and we had a picnic.  I LOVE picnics!

This is the Visitor's Center where they have all kinds of pamphlets, gifts. books and treats.
This is the view from above the dam...seemed like a holding area of some kind.......
This is the origin of the spring where it comes out of the ground.  It is a beautiful bluish green color and clear "spring" water.............
There are a series of small "stepping stone" dams that it traverses and then the big one!
In the late 1800's they had a hydroelectric plant here that generated electricity.......
In 1972 it got hit by lightening and they determined it was not economically feasible to repair it.  Really?  They were way ahead of their time and now it's just a park.  It seems to me they're going backwards.  Look at all that power they could be utilizing instead of fossil fuels.
Here's the generator...languishing.......
And other equipment..........sounds more like politics to me.........
I loved the stones and "mortar" used here.  It looked like someone used a toothpaste tube! LOL!
This was a sign near the "lake" telling everyone if they ran across this salamander to put it back in the lake.  It is a protected species.....the Ozark Hellbender".  We didn't see any but we kept our eyes open!
That green patch on the other side of the water was where we had our picnic.  It was nice and cool by the dam but so loud we could barely talk.  Of course, we were stuffing our mouths anyway so it wasn't really a problem. LOL!
There were lovely wildflowers blooming everywhere you turned too. 
Tune in Monday for Part 2.  Tomorrow is YOP Sunday here on my blog.

Yesterday I:
caulked around the foundation but need a couple more tubes to finish
sanded and painted a coat on the front door frame
painted 1/2 of one side of the attached "shed"
fixed banana peppers in garlic and olive oil and had them on toast for supper
for dessert it was fresh peaches and ice cream
Managed to "knit a bit" and crocheted in the evening while watching 3 back-to-back episodes of Murder She Wrote on the COZI channel.

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our visit to Mammoth Spring State Park.
Happy Trails!


  1. Life is all about a balance of fun and work! Sounds like you had a very successful week!

    1. Sheila, you are SO right but it took me years to learn that!

  2. Looks like a great time. I love banana peppers but have never cooked them before. Usually eat them raw with blackeyed peas and rice. Yum! :)

    1. I'll have to try them with the blackeyes peas and rice. They'd sure go a lot farther that way. I eat them up so fast they never last.

  3. I enjoyed Part 1 and I'm very much looking forward to Part 2. :-). You had a busy day too. The fresh peaches and ice cream sound good to me.

    1. Peaches and ice cream was my Uncle Homer's favorite dessert and I think it is mine too! He was a favorite Uncle too.


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