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Sunday, July 3, 2016

travels: Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Just another typical July day in Missouri.. <insert sarcasm>
On Sunday, we had planned on going to a cave close to Rolla, but decided to forgo that plan and head for Ha Ha Tonka.

Ha Ha Tonka is the ruins of a castle like house.

It is on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and is absolutely beautiful and haunting.

Ha Ha Tonka is supposed to mean "laughing waters"

It was built as a family summer and weekend home in 1905.  In the 1930s it was a hotel and in 1942 it burned down.

Missouri purchased the land in 1978.

Now, it's a state park and it's amazing.

If it hadn't been raining, we would have hiked a little longer.  This is a place we will definitely need to return to.



Carriage House


Welcome to my house!

It was a fourth of a mile hike each way and yes, it was totally raining.

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