Except for new baby boy being born (whew say that fast) last week (who is so incredibly cute and precious), the terrible memories of last week will not be discussed, recalled, or rambled about.

Instead, I will show you one of the parks we hiked (ok ok walked) this weekend.

This was the highway we had to walk to get to the castle ruins.  It may look like it was flat, but uh no it was uphill. Just want you to know I felt the burn in my caboose. I thought mine had died years ago, but no--it lives--my caboose.

We found a better path through the woods, lots of nature, on the way back to the car.

Ha Ha Tonka state park is one of my favorite places to visit. It overlooks a lake. Some of it trails are challenging to walk.

Robert Snyder, a wealthy businessman in the early 1900's, purchased 5000 acres and began building the place of his dreams--a castle high on one of MO's hills overlooking Ha Ha Tonka lake. He didn't get to finish it because a year later he was killed in a car accident (one of MO's first).

photo: Castle ruins

In the 1920s his sons finished the castle. It burned in the 1940s.

Moral to this story?

Don't put off until tomorrow what you...well you know.

I am wishing you a fun Labor Day. Please don't be laboring. OK?

PS Automobiles at The Ruralhood

Source: MO Conservation Dept.


  1. hey Teresa, its looks you enjoyed your time !!! :D.. the uphill task... well i have a fascination for castles. I can't deny or hide it im a history person. i love the past. the fotos takes by u are very clear. i enjoy watching this space always

    Love Naqvee

  2. Looks like quite the cool place to go. I always enjoy seeing the evidences of man's folly gone awry, especially in a beautiful natural setting.

    Tossing It Out

  3. Hi Teresa .. wonderful pictures .. can see the 'trail' .. and lovely sunny day! Interesting castle - and as you say .. we never know what's coming .. so get on with life ..

    Enjoy the week .. and the new addition to the family .. Hilary

  4. Looks like you had a great time! what a wonderful place to visit! Great pictures, too.
    Thanks for this pictorial tour to a really lovely place.

    Big hugs,
    B xx

  5. At least you revived that caboose :) Looks like a place I would visit. Lovely photos, the lake looks gorgeous!

    So kind of you to share. Hang in there Journaling Woman, we are here if you need us.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Lovely photos. And good advice (as usual).

    Sorry you had a rough week. May this one be much better and filled with joy!

  7. Beautiful photos. Looks like it would be a wonderful place to hike and see a castle to boot. Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day.

    BTW, you're not spoiling that baby yet are you?

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. Gorgeous pictures! And I know you're enjoying your new grandbaby. :) Congratulations!

  9. A beautiful place to visit!

    Hope your caboose fares well in the aftermath.

  10. Wow, great photos. I would love to see the ruins.


  11. Wow, what remains looks like the ancient ruins one finds in England!

  12. It is a marvelous spot to visit, I'm so happy ya got to experience it.

    So sorry about the labor thing, here on the Ponderosa on Labor Day, it's what we do. It always involves tractors and plows...and lots of wind today!

    God bless and enjoy your day!!!

  13. Those photos are beautiful!! What a lovely place to visit - even if it is hard on the caboose :)

  14. Interesting history about this castle. Almost as if it wasn't supposed to exist. Love the name of the lake.

  15. What a great hike. Beautiful pictures. You made me want to be there.

  16. Terrible week? That's a bummer. Well, at least you have that beautiful grandbaby to hold!

    Love the hiking tour...and your use of "caboose"! LOL!

  17. GORGEOUS pics... what a great story those pics tell. AND, HUGE congrats on your grandson. I bet he's precious!! Hope all is well!

  18. Such a pretty place to visit. Thanks for sharing!


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