Today Hubby and I hit the road this morning and headed north from St. Louis to the Mark Twain Lake area in Missouri. Our family has a small lake house here and Grandpa and a few other family live up here also. Grandpa and Grandma moved up to Perry, Missouri in 1976 (or 75?) because Grandpa was working on building the dam actually. This afternoon we went to the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center. This is a newer center and a great improvement over the original visitor center and it was the first time I had been in the new building.
Along with the visitor area there is also a Vietnam Memorial outside. This location is part of the US Army Corps of Engineers so you see a lot of military related things. The smaller stones around the outer edge are for each month and have the names of those who died in Vietnam from the Ralls County area listed on them.
Here is a partial view of the Clarence Cannon Dam. The lake is up really high and so you can see that they were letting water out of the lake to head downstream.
Inside the visitor center is quite a mix of things. There are lots of maps available if you need them and brochures for other tourist items in the area. Then there is a lot of nature items from the Missouri Department on Conservation including taxidermy specimens, descriptions of the habitats, and more. Plenty of safety information about boating is around. And of course, a lot about the building of the area by the US Army Corps of Engineers that is really quite interesting.
I loved this big tree trunk specimen that they had labeled with this brass tags. They marked years, drought periods, old branch marks and more. This tree was 250 years old when its life ended.
Here is Hubby working to power the light bulb. This display talks about energy and hydropower created from the dam. They have LED lights, CFL bulbs, and traditional bulbs.
Outside there is a huge porch around the visitor center that looks out over the lake plus a smaller lookout area where you can see both the Mark Twain Lake and the Clarence Cannon Dam areas.
These are just a few of the photos from today. If you would like to see all the photos I took at the visitor center they are in this album.
It is nice to check out places like this in your own home state or area that you have not been to in a while. Summer is the time for so many of us to take vacations, but you do not have to go very far! See what is just within a couple of hours or so around you. Do the touristy and not-so-touristy things when you visit. This even helps your states economy plus you save money by not having to travel long distances.
Tomorrow we are headed up to Hannibal, Missouri for a bit for even more Missouri fun!
What are some of the areas near you that are fun to visit with your family?
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