Monday, July 28, 2008

ha ha tonka spring

last saturday we went to ha ha tonka state park to see the spring. it is the result of a 100 square mile draining field. all the rain water pools to the place in the first two pictures. the water shoots out from under the cliff at 56 degrees and at a rate of 58 million gallons per day. that's enough to make a small river and turn your bones to ice. they made a boardwalk back to the spring. was a pretty fun little walk. you can then hike down to the place where the spring water meets the lake and ride the current into the lake. you can't see very well from the pictures but the area was steaming because of the 50 degree spring water mixing with the 80 degree lake water. really made your whole body tingle when you made the transition of waters. in the last picture you can see the lake water mixing with the cold-looking, aqua spring water. the water felt like it was melting ice water coming straight out of the rockies.

the day was also a little traumatic for ellen. when we got the kid's carrier out of the explorer ellen squealed with joy and ran over to get in. we then explained that cody would now be riding and she would have to hoof it. i think she is going to hold it against cody the next couple times we go out. we had some tears to wipe. 


The Three 22nds said...

I'd love to go there! Looks like fun! Ellen looks like she would give my crazy 3 a run for their money!

Anonymous said...

Those first few pics look like you are in Hawaii or something! Looks like tons o fun!