We’re spending this (Memorial Day) weekend at the Tan-Tar-A resort in the Lake of the Ozarks:
Yesterday, we went to see the Castle ruins:
You can read all about the castle
The ruins were quite impressive:
I went up close to the Water Tower, and the view from there was impressive, too:
Photography was indulged in, with monkey tricks:
the name of the game WAS to indulge:
Some folks like four wheels, some like two:
We all set out on a hike after lunch:
Watched a few birds along the way (is it possible to avoid this when I'm around?)
This bird above is called the Eastern Phoebe, and it's similar-looking to the Eastern Pee-Wee, and that inspired me to versify:
If I were a bird
And needed a name that was impossibly twee
I'd still chose a word
...Or two...that was not "Pee Wee";
Because, you see
Someone might feel
The name is a deal
Too long...and just call me a "Pee".....
So...I'd rather be
An Eastern Phoebe....
Heard them singing, too:
Some moths were around, too!
The mist at the spring was awesome:
and so were the natural formations...this one is a natural bridge that spans two slopes:
None of us shopped, but if we'd wanted to, we could have gone to Ozarkland, which was modestly claiming to be a "fantastic gift shop":
We wound up with dinner at a Mexican restaurant, which had this lovely piece of wildlife:
Let me close with the most common insect here, the
and the ex-Cicada:
We saw Muskrats and Otters and Red-eared Sliders (Turtles) as well as water snakes…and several deer, too.
More details…go to my Facebook photos, (it’s SO much easier to upload hi-res pics to FB and add the narrative!)
Let’s see what today has in store for us…there’s going to be fireworks in the evening on the lake.