Sunday, November 06, 2016

Elephant Rocks State Park

Elephant Rocks State Park is a state-owned geologic reserve and public recreation area encompassing an outcropping of Precambrian granite in the Saint Francois Mountains in the U.S. state of Missouri. Thanks Wikipedia. I guess at one point the place was a quarry, so part of the fun is the rock formations themselves and part is seeing the remains of the quarry operation long defunct.

There were some really big freaking rocks at the park but calling them "elephants" was a stretch of my imagination.

When the rock cuttin' guys became master... rock cutters they etched their names into the area around the elephants.

A sign here read "directly in front of you a vertical rock wall falls 30 feet to a water-filled quarry. The water is 40 feet deep. Granite was mined from this quarry to pave streets and construct buildings in St. Louis and other U.S. cities."

Next we headed over to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

According to sign here "'shut in' is a term for a narrow constriction, or gorge, in a stream". I guess this place turns into like a hillbilly water park during the warmer months. I do believe I'd like to see that.

On the way back we stopped at this really country little convenience store. A lady got up from her couch watching tv in like a little living room to help us when we came in.

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