Friday, July 22, 2005

We took a drive to visit 3 of the grist mills around the area. This is the first of the three. It is called Dawt Mill.

Another view of the Old Dawt Mill.

This is a picture of the water taken from the other side of the dam at Dawt Mill

This is the river behind Dawt Mill. You can wade across the dam other side of the river.

This is a shot of Hodgson mill and the water as it comes from a source behind the mill.

Water from the Hodgson mill empties into this stream.

This is a view of the Hodgson mill. Pictures of this mill were used for gigsaw puzzles.

This is one of the mills. This place has been turned into a bed and breakfast spot. It has a big pond out in front of it. Sure was beautiful.

Water wheel at one of the grist mills.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Yes, there were fish in the creek behing our motorhome.

Gary got up early on Sat. morning and went fishing. He caught these in about an hour.

A finch thinking about taking a bath.

We visited the Bass Pro Wildlife Museum in Springfield, Mo. What a great place to visit. It has all types of displays. We got to see live snakes, an albino alligator, large bass, catfish, and other things. They even had a live bald eagle that had injured a wing and was not able to fly. If you ever get to Springfield, Mo., make sure to see the Wildlife Museum at Bass Pro.

This is one of the displays in the Bass Pro Wildlife Musuem.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Below you will see pictures taken at Blanchard Caverns. The pictures do not do the cave justice. This column is so big it would take 33 people to make a complete circle around it.

The base of a colomn.

This is also formed by water dripping onto the floor of the cave. It forms a pool which then holds water.

Part of the cave.

They called this a flow.

This part of the cave is called popcorn. The edges are very sharp.

This is the full length view of the following picture.

This shows the live portion on the left and what has died on the right. For some reason, the right side no longer gets any fresh water.

This a gigantic stalagmite.

Here you can see what they call straws on the ceiling of the cave.

Stalagmites and a column.

some of the stalamites in Blanchard Caverns.

This is Blanchard Springs.

This is the source of the Van Buren Springs in Van Buren Missouri.

This is Van Buren Springs. It pumps from 152 to 852 million gallons of water a day.

Friday, July 01, 2005

This is where the Mammoth Springs begins. The springs flows at an average rate of 9.78 million gallons per hour with a constant water temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Local folklore includes the tale of an Indian chief whose son died while searching for water during a drought. While digging his son's grave, a giant stream of water gushed forth. The chief believed this spring would flow forever because his son had died searching for water.

This is the dam at one end of the Springs.

This is one of the many ducks that can be found at the Springs.