October in the Ozarks

October at the Lake of the Ozarks! Trees are starting to turn … leaves are beginning to fall … and there’s a bit of chill in the air.

Smile – it’s lake time!

While cruising near Lake Ozark last weekend, we happened upon a couple of happy air cruisers with Paradise Parasail! The smile in the bright yellow parachute was great – and the couple looked like they were having a wonderful time. In fact, they may have been some of the last of the customers for this 2020 season – Paradise Parasail is opening back up in May of 2021.

Captain Jeffrey is still open for lake trips this fall (no parasailing of course!) The fall weather is still warm enough to enjoy a 2 to 3 hour cruise on the lake. Just contact us at hello@captainjeffrey.com and we’ll get you out on the lake!

Hillbilly Fair in Laurie Missouri

Once in a while, it’s time to “get a little bit country” and go to the Hillbilly fair! Complete with country craft, flowers, games, petting zoo, country music and more. This year marks the 51st fair! Lots of good times for sure. The weather Sunday was perfect!

2020 Shootout at the lake – from above :)

drone view of 2020 lake shootout

The 2020 Shootout at the Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2. We didn’t make it out for day 1 since the rain was pouring down most of the day. But Sunday, August 30, the sun was out and the boats were racing. We found a few places along the route to toss up the drone to get some overhead shots.

2020 shootout at the Lake of the Ozarks
overhead view lake of the ozarks shootout

While I enjoyed the speed and the thrill of the boat racing, I prefer to take it easy when I’m at the helm. If you’re looking for a peaceful trip on the Lake of the Oarks this fall, just let me know!

Osage Beach in October

A short stop at Shawnee Bend to catch the beautiful clouds in the sky. A slight chill in the air – nothing a light sweater can’t handle. The geese honking in the distance remind us that life is easy and free spirited at the lake.

osage beach bridge

At the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge, the last pink flowers of the fall are still standing tall. October brings crisp autumn days, cool nights, calm waters and relaxing times at the lake.

Skiing and tubing = easy summer fun.

When there’s skiing and tubing to be done, Captain Jeffrey does it right! Whether you’re learning how to ski or an experience skiier, the Captain can adjust for fun in the sun. Tubers also enjoy super fast and easy going rides – whatever your style.

Ha Ha Tonka – Laughing spirit day trip :)

Another beautiful spring day at the Lake of the Ozarks. Time for a slight change of scenery with a quick day trip to Ha Ha Tonka. The castle sits above the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks – about a 30 minute drive from Laurie Missouri.

The castle was started in 1905 by Robert McClure Snyder, Sr., a Kansas City  businessman who purchased a large track of land with his partner. He decided to call the land he purchased “Ha Ha Tonka” which is an Osage Indian phrase meaning “Laughing Spirit” in reference to the gushing springs. Unfortunately Mr. McClure was killed in an auto accident – one of the first in Missouri – in 1906. The castle was completed by his two sons but was later destroyed by fire in 1942. Only the stone castle walls remain.

Ha Ha Tonka castle – before the fire.

Easy Day Trip and Hike.

After you drive up the winding road to the castle, it’s just a short walk to the top where the ruins are standing. The view from the top of the hill is expansive and beautiful – no wonder why he chose this space for a castle. There are also plenty of hikes and interesting landmarks in Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Just a short drive from Camdenton Missouri – definitely worth a trip!