Photo by: Al Griffin Photography
There’s no shortage of breathtaking views at the Lake of the Ozarks.
But if you want to see the lake the way the birds see it, you’ve got to do a little climbing
LakeExpo.com has a piece from Al Griffin, who scaled the tower and took some gorgeous photos.
One day in May, I lugged a full camera bag up the tower and spent hours photographing the lush green countryside. Hills marching away mile after mile, majestic pine after pine and dense oak layered with shorter redbud and dogwood paint the Ozarks with a vibrant green brush to the horizon line. Looking down upon a fully mature pine tree jolts the senses and delights the eye by the unexpected perspective.
The 100-foot Fire Tower, found at the Camdenton Conservation Service Center, is open to the public, with the viewing platform standing at 80 feet above the ground. Be sure to take your binoculars and your best camera!
Driving Directions to the Camdenton Conservation Service Center
From the junction of Highways 54 and 5, take Highway 54 west to Business Highway 5, then take Business Highway 5 north to Old Route 5. Turn left and take an immediate left onto Thunder Mountain Road. Continue west 0.6 miles to office.
Believe it or not, summer is in full swing!!
If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial Day weekend, there’s still PLENTY of summer left.
Looking for a place to stay? We’ve got you covered. Browse our gorgeous, cozy vacation rental homes.
Also, June is packed-full of lots of exciting events you won’t want to miss!
Click below to check out what’s going on at the Lake in June. From the Bar Hop Cruise to Canine Cannonball the Lake of the Ozarks Festival of Arts, there is always something for everyone. This is the good life, after all!
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Dogwood trees are a real treat and beauty at the Lake of the Ozarks. We snapped a few photos the other day of them in full bloom!
Did you know where the word “dogwood” comes from? We did a little digging and found this on Wikipedia:
The name “dog-tree” entered the English vocabulary by 1548, and had been further transformed to “dogwood” by 1614. Once the name dogwood was affixed to this kind of tree, it soon acquired a secondary name as the Hound’s Tree, while the fruits came to be known as dogberries or houndberries (the latter a name also for the berries of black nightshade, alluding to Hecate’s hounds).
Another theory advances the view that “dogwood” was derived from the Old English dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of its very hard wood for making “dags” (daggers, skewers, and arrows). Another, earlier name of the dogwood in English is the whipple-tree.
Geoffrey Chaucer uses “whippletree” in The Canterbury Tales (“The Knight’s Tale“, verse 2065) to refer to the dogwood. A whippletree is an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart, linking the drawpole of the cart to the harnesses of the horses in file; these items still bear the name of the tree from which they are commonly carved.
Regardless of WHERE their name came from, they are beautiful year after year! Do you have any photos of dogwood trees? Share them with us on our Facebook page!
Happy April, everyone!!
Here’s a friendly reminder to keep an eye out for those tricksters and pranksters at home or at your office. It is April Fool’s Day, after all.
We hope you’re gearing up for another beautiful, spring, summer, and fall at the Lake of the Ozarks!
With winter FINALLY behind us, all you have to do is book your next stay and bask in the beauty and relaxation that the lake provides.
If you’re heading to the Lake of the Ozarks this month, here’s a list of some activities worth checking out!
As they say, the early bird gets the worm!
We hope you’re gearing up for what we anticipate is going to be a LONG spring and summer at the Lake of the Ozarks.
To kick off this season of blooming Dogwoods, boat trips on the lake, and the thawing of pretty much everything, we’re offering a discount to the next 10 people that book a stay at one of our many vacation rental homes!
That’s right! Act quick and you’re looking at a nice savings for your vacation or romantic getaway.
Here’s how it works: The next 10 people who book their stay by phone — 866-273-2169 — will receive a discount toward their stay. Your stay must be for a minimum of three nights, between May 1 to Labor Day 2014. This offer will expire at 5pm on the first day of spring – March 21st!
Act quick and your savings will be significant!
- 1st person to book – $250 off your stay
- 2nd person to book – $225 off your stay
- 3rd person to book – $200 off your stay
- 4th person to book – $175 off your stay
- 5th person to book – $150 off your stay
- 6th person to book – $125 off your stay
- 7th person to book – $100 off your stay
- 8th person to book – $75 off your stay
- 9th person to book – $50 off your stay
- 10th person to book – $25 off your stay
Again, you must book your stay by calling us at 866-273-2169.
Photo credit: Daniel Pettersson