Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Echo Bluff State Park

Back at the beginning of February, my hubby and I took a few days and went to Echo Bluff State park when we had an unusual warm weekend.  I finally downloaded the pictures I took and I found a few I thought I would share.  This is a rather new park in Missouri and we had never been there and heard they had some cabins and a Lodge inside the park so we went to check it out.

We were on the second floor of the Lodge overlooking the creek and when we arrived we went straight onto our little deck and sat in the rocking chairs listening to this creek flowing.  This picture was taken the next morning of the row of rocks that the water was flowing over that made the noise we were hearing, as you can see in the background is some sheer cliffs that ran all along the other side.

This next picture is of the Lodge we stayed in. Standing at the creek. The area is quite rocky, but we were able to walk all along the creek.

They had an outdoor patio where they had seating just off their restaurant for the summer months, I am standing up there, looking down onto the fire pit area, even in February they had a fire each evening we were there.  You can see the creek in the back and the rock hills behind it a little  better.

After we looked around there we got into our van and headed outside the park to see some of the other area parks, and other pull offs there were to check out. I believe this is the Current River, in the two next pictures.

The bridge below was what we came across when we went down a road that had a boat launch, it almost looked part wood from a ways off, but when we got closer realized it was all cement.

 I can't pass up an interesting tree.

We had our picnic for lunch here at Round spring. It always amazes me when I see the springs in this area, the colors are just amazing. 

As we were leaving this park we drive over a very small bridge and my hubby spotted this Heron standing in the creek, we were afraid if we parked the van and got out that he would fly away so we took pictures from inside the van.

Even just our talking and excitement from seeing him, he walked off a little farther away from us but stopped and posed again for me to get this next picture.

We went to this area once before but it was summer time, it looks a lot different now but was so nice not to be too hot it was just right!
I have some pictures of Alley springs, since we were so close we decided to drive down and see what it looked like this time of year, but I will share them at a later date.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,



Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Thanks so much for your well wishes !! I am just glad that i do not have to work while I wait for my surgery. It was just getting to be too hard for me....

Leslie Miller said...

I would love to have some of that weather! It's been so cold and wet here and they keep getting the forecast wrong so it's hard to make plans. Nevertheless, we're taking the motorhome for a day trip probably Friday. Maybe I'll get some pics. What a lovely place to visit and spend the weekend! I'll bet it's really beautiful in the spring and summer when the trees leaf out. Thank you for sharing your trip, Connie. You know how much I enjoy it.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

What a beautiful spot for a weekend. That heron was quite the ham!

Birgit said...

What a peaceful place that look like. Just beautiful! And I'm sure a fairie must live in that hollowed out tree trunk. ;0)

Debbie said...

oh connie, has the photography bug bitten deeper?? i enjoyed your pictures and your descriptions of them. it looks like such a pretty area, i kind of like the natural, winter appeal of it. it will look beautiful in spring/summer, you should definitely go back!!

the tree trunks are amazing, i especially liked the last one. i spy 2 eyes, 2 eyebrows and a nose in it. now that's a game i play - i can almost always make something out!!

herons are babies, gorgeous, elegant babies!!! good eye on the hubs for spotting it!!!

Graça Gamito said...

Thank you Connie for showing us this tour of nature that must have been very enjoyable. As I do not know this region I still appreciate more to have knowledge of this area. Thanks

Stephanie said...

Oh Connie, what a stunning and peaceful place! The lodge is simply magnificent and the beauty that surrouned you took my breath away. Thanks for sharing.

Wishing you a most beautiful day! Hugs

Diane said...

Fabulous pictures Connie, what a fun place to visit.

Hugs Diane

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Wonderful pictures, Connie! It sounds like a relaxing weekend. I love the tree pictures!

Darlene said...

WOW what a cool place to visit! You'll definitely have to go back when the trees are leaf and enjoy that fire pit in the cool evening. Awesome photos and I just loved going on this adventure with you! Thanks so much for sharing!

Roosterhead Designs said...

What a beautiful spot Connie~ So happy you had a chance to take this trip! I enjoyed your photo's and info : ) Hugs, karen o

Anonymous said...

Connie, what a fun adventure! Those few warm dry days felt like heaven, didn't they! Those tree trunks and roots are so interesting! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

You and DH go on a lot of adventures. I'm so glad it was unseasonably warm for you. You got a lot of great pics! Love the tree roots. Thanks for letting us peak into your adventures.

Lowcarb team member said...

So lovely to see all of your photographs, it looks a very nice area to visit.
Loved those trees, loved the heron too.
Great post.

All the best Jan

Monika/Buzsy said...

Looks very peaceful and serene! Love the Heron pictures! We went to Florida and we had some birds outside our place... it was nice watching them...