Friday, August 29, 2008

Elephant Rocks Adventure

My dh took the day off work today. Around 6:45 AM we were thinking of going to the zoo after breakfast. Around 7:00 AM I suggested heading out somewhere more adventure-full and thought of Elephant Rocks State Park (a park I have wanted to visit ever since I heard about it).

Within an hour a lunch was packed and we were out the door!

The drive was about 2.5 hrs - we took the "scenic route", plus we stopped to check out another state park on the way.

"One of the most curious geologic formations in Missouri is found at Elephant Rocks State Park. Giant boulders of …granite stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants. Many of the elephant rocks lie within the seven-acre Elephant Rocks Natural Area…

Since no official census of the herd has ever been taken, the exact number of "elephants" inhabiting the park is unknown. Although the elephant rocks are continually eroding away, new elephants are constantly being exposed. Information collected on Dumbo, the patriarch of Elephant Rocks State Park, shows that he is 27 feet tall, 35 feet long and 17 feet wide. At a weight of 162 pounds per cubic foot, Dumbo tips the scales at a hefty 680 tons.”

The kids LOVED climbing on the rocks...for the sake of family harmony (and to keep from having a heart attack) the mother sometimes wandered off and just left the dad and kids to do their dangerous antics. Sure they might just break two arms or split open their skulls when falling off one of the large rocks (which would be bad enough) - but I didn't want to witness them falling off one of the large rocks and then falling over the edge of the precipice and breaking their necks as well.

It was fun going through the maze of rocks - this here was a very narrow passage...I wondered what would happen if I got stuck part way through...guess it would be to starve myself like Winnie the Pooh, until I was slimmed down enough to slip through! There was another narrow passageway that was actually wider than this one and it was called "Fat Man's Squeeze".


CanadianGrandma said...

I,too, would not be able to watch my kids climb so close to the edge. In fact, I would not even allow it. Climbing rocks is one thing, but being near a cliff would send me into a panic! Glad your hubby was with you!