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Lake of the Ozarks

Road tripping to the Lake of the Ozarks which is only a few short hours from our home, typically I am the one who wants to stop first on every trip but this time Eric wanted to! He wanted to go Eat at Dads Junction Cafe  which is in New Florence MO.

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Before we got there Eric was talking about the Pork Tenderloin that they are famous for, nothing could prepare me for what I saw next…

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Largest Pork Tenderloin sandwhich on I-70

I went with the “Trucker Load” which was by no account any smaller…..

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Bread, Roast Beef, Fries and Cheese sauce….no pretty way to eat this!!

When we made it to the Ozarks it was somewhat gloomy, raining off and on but I must say any spot surrounding the lake has a beautiful view!

View from the Condo we stayed at

View from the Condo we stayed at

One of my favorite places we visited that weekend was Ha Ha Tonka State park- NO, I am not laughing it is actually called “Ha Ha Tonka State Park” http://mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park- the beginning of our hike!

Warning when you go off the beaten path….WATCH YOUR HEAD….EEEEEeeeeekkkkk!!

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I will be ok if I never see anything like this again in my life 🙂

As if the beautiful scenery isn’t enough Ha Ha Tonka State park has stone ruins of a mansion that began being built in 1905, it is known as the “castle” because  it was modeled after later European castles from the 1500s.

Eric is pointing out the "castle" where we were hiking to.

Eric is pointing out the “castle” where we were hiking to.

"Castle" Ruins

“Castle” Ruins

Another VERY neat place we went is known as the Bridal Cave! There have been over 2128 couples from around the world who have exchanged their vows in the cave! The gift shop displays photos of each couple, it was awesome to go back in time and be able to see some of the older pics!

Beautiful Bridal Cave

Beautiful Bridal Cave

Found in the mystery lake inside of the bridal cave.....many wishes made I am sure!

Found in the mystery lake inside of the bridal cave…..many wishes made I am sure!

Bridal cave at the location used for exchanging vows!

Bridal cave at the location used for exchanging vows!

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60 degrees year round!

For more tourist fun we went and had Old time photos taken! Who knew it was so hard to decide what to wear even back then!

Flapper Dress complete with feather head band ha ha

Flapper Dress complete with feather head band ha ha

Eric really got into character, I think he may have been this “guy” in a past life! lol

One of my favorite pictures

One of my favorite pictures

The finished product if Eric and I met sooner!! Not sure what or who we were….I went for a senorita vibe while Eric went with a mobster country look!

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We spent Easter Sunday there that year and had dinner on the back patio at night, must say it was one of my favorite Easter memories!

Easter dinner

Easter dinner

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A bit O’ CHICAGO

Last year in October we took a quick trip to Chicago and tried to cram in as much of the city as we could!

We stayed at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

We stayed at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

When we visited it was a day or two after Steve Jobs passed away. Outside of the apple store were crowds of people leaving letters, apples, post-its, and lighting candles in his memory. 

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After a morning full of walking our next stop was pretty SWEET…..you guessed it, HERSHEY’S!

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Pace yourself....

Pace yourself….

My personal FAVE! 
My personal FAVE!

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Navy Pier was Next during German/ Oktober Fest!

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My husband Mingling ;-)

My husband Mingling 😉

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A message every language should agree on!

A message every language should agree on!

The famous Ferris Wheel

The famous Ferris Wheel

At the top of the Ferris Wheel.....This explains the windy city name.....Not where you want to be rocking :)

At the top of the Ferris Wheel…..This explains the windy city name…..Not where you want to be rocking 🙂

Sears Tower

Sears Tower

I tried to tell him they don't need cleaned ;-)

I tried to tell him they don’t need cleaned 😉

Making friends at Leggo Land

Making friends at Leggo Land

WE EARNED DINNER with all of that walking!

WE EARNED DINNER with all of that walking!

Everyone knows Chicago pizza as the Deep Dish and every person you ask who has been will recommend a different pizza place as their favorite, you have to start somewhere so we chose Giordano’s

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WARNING you will be waiting…..most likely outside with crowds of others, I think the longer  the wait means the better the taste 😉

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waiting…..waiting….waiting

SO WORTH IT....

SO WORTH IT….

Another Chicago favorite....Garrets popcorn!

Another Chicago favorite….Garretts popcorn which I hear also typically has a LONG wait!

To Do’s for our next trip to Chi town:

  • We plan to take the train just to experience something new!
  • Eat a Chicago Dog at Superdawg! www.superdawg.com
  • See a game at Wrigley Field!
  • Go to Shedd Aquarium
  • Get a Philly Cheesesteak at Monti’s www.ilovemontis.com
 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in City Travel, Uncategorized

 

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