Friday, August 22, 2008

Stockton Lake

After all the stuff that has gone on this month it hasn't been a real fun month. Add to it the fact that the lawnmower pooped out this week. Makes you want to scream! LOL! So off to Springfield to borrow money on an account that was 2 payments from being paid off. While there we treated ourselves to frozen custard with chocolate and strawberries in it. Even Katie got a free vanilla custard. They do that for puppers. And I decided on the way back to make a detour to Stockton Lake for a little stress relief. Jack has never been across a dam or seen a spillway so I treated him to that. So on to pics I think. This is from the observation area looking at the intake area.
Some Canadian geese on the beach where I used to swim as a child. The sunperch like to nibble at you when you are in the water. It smarts sometimes.
It isn't real clear, but the object on top of the dead tree is a heron. You can also sometimes see quail, dove, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, deer and turkey plus duck and geese in the fall.
This is the area below the spillway. It is a long way down from where I was.
Isn't this view gorgeous?
Here is the spillway. From the streamway to the top is 131 feet high. The dam is 10,700 feet long. Stockton Lake has 298 miles of shore line and the lake itself is 24,900 acres.
This is one of the 6 limestone cores they took from the area when building the dam. Behind is the power station that is used when we have peak power usage. The lake was begun in 1963 and completed in 1969.
Another shot from the observation area.
It was so peaceful out there and good to visit.


Sharon said...

Nice pictures! Did you bring bread to feed the geese?

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Your pictures are lovely, I do enjoy seeing new places.
Have a good weekend

Lisa said...

What beautiful pictures!! They are even more special when you know the history. A trip to a beautiful place can be so calming after stressful events. I hope this trip had that effect on you! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures!

Nancie said...

Beautiful pictures! Such a lovely place! So wonderful that you can spend time there. God's creations are truly beautiful! Frozen custard with chocolate and strawberries sounds yummy :) Take care and have a blessed weekends!

Dawn said...

I'm glad you had a chance to do something relaxing and enjoy such wonderful beauty! Doesn't God do wonderful things for us to enjoy?

DaisyGirl said...

Cool pictures! Sorry about the lawnmower, wished you lived closer! We have 4 working lawnmowers! I could have gave you one!

Susie said...

Hi Michelle,
So glad you had the chance to visit this beautiful place and also to show it to Jack.
There's something very calming about being around water. I know I always feel it when I visit the ocean.
Have a wonderful week!

zzop357 said...

I wish I could go there I know I would love it. I think its beautiful.
I would be fishing everyday.I have about 8 gallons of apples to put up, want to help?
God bless, Donna

HsKubes said...

Beautiful pics. So glad you were able to visit for a peaceful break.

~ Christina

Meari said...

Great pics... Makes me want to go! Sorry to hear about the mower. I know how frustrating that can be.

There's a surprise on my blog for you. Have a great day, Michelle!

Penless Thoughts said...

So glad you took the time to take a detour and have a lovely day.

Julianne said...


It looks like a lovely spot to visit. What a great way to break out of the routine by going on an adventure. Thanks for sharing all the great photos.

Vonna said...

Hi Michelle! I've been reading your posts this summer, but haven't had a lot of commenting time ;o)
I wanted to tell you HURRAY! I'm glad your going to stitch a neighborhood with us...can you please send me your e-mail address so I can send you an invitation to join?

Kathleen Marie said...

Hello! What a great side trip and what a beautiful area... So sorry about the lawnmower...That is a bummer. Have a great day!

Mobunny said...

Can you sit on those cores?
Nice pictures.....
sorry about the lawn mower, but yay for a treat!

Sioux said...

Beautiful, Michelle. Sounds like you and Jack made a good day out of a day one...but that's what you guys're always so positive! God bless you both!

BTW, I love herons!!

Barbara said...

yes it does look peaceful and wonderful to be able to see so many birds there.

I do hope you get your room finished without too much hassle and I am sure it will be nice.

Van said...

Enjoyed your pics and story. I'm headed to the lake in Missouri to visit my mother - my favorite place - Table Rock Lake. Now you have me all excited about my trip next week!

Stockton said...

wow nice pictures! Thanks for putting these up, I have never had a chance to visit Stockton but it seems like such a nice lake.