Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Year's Worth of Exciting Cave Topics

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park have been sending weekly blogs your way for a whole year now. Wow, that's a lot of cool caving topics! Caving isn't the only thing we've discussed over the past months though. There are tons of great things to learn about our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction. A look through our last 52 blogs are proof of that. 


Today we are going to recap a few of the topics that have been covered over the past year. If you see something you missed, there is a link to every single blog that we've written on the right-hand side of the web version of our blog. If you are browsing from a mobile device, you should see a list of blog links to scroll through when you go to www.BridalCave.Blogspot.com.

Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park
A lot of our blog topics covered all of the fun and exciting things to do and see at our family friendly Lake of the Ozarks attraction. The History of Bridal Cave was one of our first entries, and it has led quite an interesting life since 1856. We even gave you a few tips to Explore Thunder Mountain Park. There plenty of stories about why we are an excellent spot for A Great Field Trip for Kids plus a perfect place for family reunions and even business meetings.   

Weddings
There have been Decades of Weddings at Bridal Cave, both in our underground wedding chapel and outside amidst the beauty of nature in our lakeside pavilion. We were even named the #1 Breathtaking Wedding Location in America by About Style, and Glamour Magazine selected us as one of the Top 10 Unique Wedding Venues in America! One of our most-read blogs was all about our Annual Vow Renewals, which are completely free to participate in. We'll be doing that again this February, so keep your eyes peeled for the details.   


Park Improvements
We are constantly striving to improve on our already amazing Lake of the Ozarks attraction. A few of the blogs covered our most recent updates, like the brand new LED lighting and the New Improvements to Thunder Mountain Park that we made in the form of botanical gardens and a waterfall. There was a 2-part story about our historical Wedding Bell, which featured its history and the journey it took to be restored to better than new.   


Nature Topics
Missouri happens to be known as The Cave State, and we covered this topic in a couple of different ways over the past year. Our state has more caves than any other state, including 18 show caves that are open to the public for tours. We also talked about the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, and the type of Life Inside the Cave you may see on a tour. Outside the cave, we blogged about the hungry fish at our dock and the calm, breathtaking Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks that we are located on.  



Unique Gifts & Sales
The gift shop at Bridal Cave is filled with Unique Gifts that anyone would love to receive. There are also rocks, minerals, and gemstones from all around the world that our general manager hand selects every year to bring to you. When we have yearly closeout sales to make room for more, you'll hear all about those on our blogs!  Another popular thing to do when you visit us is to Break Your Own Geodes in our special, custom built pressure cracker. 

Lake Area Events & Information
There are tons of exciting things to do in our area, and occasionally we love to feature a few of the other Family Fun Attractions nearby. You will also find helpful information about many of the annual events that make our lake area so very special, such as the recent Pumkin Chunkin Palooza and last summer's Aquapalooza. 

Contests & Community Involvement
Occasionally we like to add to the fun that already awaits you at Bridal Cave by hosting our own events. We are right in the middle of hosting an Underground Opinion Poll to predict the new president of the United States, and we even gave away free family passes to anyone that could find the cave troll we planted in our virtual tour of the cave. This blog is an excellent tool for letting you know about those things, plus the services we provide to our local community, like Christmas tree recycling and how Wishes Come True from the funds we collect in our wishing well. 


What Else Would You Like To Know?
We absolutely love sharing all of the history, information, and awesome topics with you that we get to cover in the blog every week. There is a lot more where all of those blogs came from, and we look forward to sharing those with you soon.

What would you like to know more about at our Lake of the Ozarks natural attraction? Tell us what you like reading about most, what you don't care to read about, and anything that you would like for us to cover in the future that we haven't gotten around to in the past. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park hold our visitors' opinions very highly, and we want to bring you more of everything that you love. Thanks for sticking with us so far, and please keep coming back for more! 


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Friday, October 21, 2016

An Outdoor Meeting of the Missouri Caves Association at Bridal Cave

Have you ever been stuck in a meeting at work, looking out the window, daydreaming about being outside instead of stuck indoors? Well, the Missouri Caves Association (MCA) solved that dilemma for their members by holding their meeting in the lakeside pavilion at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park


The MCA's annual fall meeting was held outdoors amidst the natural beauty of our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction on October 5, 2016. Owners and operators of showcaves from across Missouri and Arkansas were given a behind the scenes tour of the entire operation here. After the in-depth tour, the entire group gathered in the pavilion for a delicious lunch provided by The Butcher Shop in Camdenton. Following the meal, the meeting took place overlooking the breathtaking Lake of the Ozarks. 

Our lakeside pavilion is available for use for company meetings or picnics at no cost when a group tour of Bridal Cave is booked along with the reservation. If you group would be interested in more information about this, please contact Steve Thompson, the general manager, at 573-346-2676 or email Steve@BridalCave.com. 

Outdoor meeting in Bridal Cave's lakeside pavilion
You can find out additional information about Arkansas caves at www.ArkansasCaves.com, and learn all about Missouri caves at www.MissouriCaves.com. One interesting fact that you will discover there is the reason that Missouri is often referred to as "The Cave State." The following facts are from Missouri's site: 


Missouri – The Cave State

“The Cave Factory”
As you drive through the gently rolling countryside of Missouri, you would not suspect that nature was operating a factory beneath the road. Not just a factory, but also a complex manufacturing system all hidden underground. Below the surface of the state, a Cave Factory is operating at full capacity!

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week for untold ages, this cave factory has created nearly 7,000 other caves in Missouri alone. The karst areas of the Ozarks—generally the southern half of Missouri—are a perfect place for this cave building process to take place.

Jerry Vineyard, who was then Missouri’s Deputy State Geologist, coined the term “Cave Factory” several years ago. He compares the formation of caves in the Ozarks to an automobile assembly line running at full capacity. The process of making caves never comes to an end. As soon as one is complete another one has started. Caves are created; they have a lifespan, providing habitat for some animals, and, possibly for humans; and eventually, if nature takes its course, the same forces that created caves will destroy them.

Caves begin as springs, Vineyard explains. When you see a large spring, what you’re actually seeing is a cave in its formative stages. “You’re seeing the cave factory at work,” he said. There are a number of large springs in the Ozarks. Big Spring, Bennett Spring, Alley Spring, Mammoth Spring and Round Spring are just a few.

The list of ingredients for making a cave is short. You need plenty of limestone, a mineral that can be dissolved in groundwater. Add plenty of rain to supply the groundwater. Finally, since water flows downhill, you need what geologists call “relief” – uneven land. There’s no shortage of that in the hilly Ozarks.

As it flows beneath the Earth’s surface, the groundwater chemically and physically eats away at the limestone. This dissolves and erodes the rock forming the cavities that become caves. The same action also produces cave formations such as stalactites, stalagmites and many others. Unless it’s interrupted, this process will continue throughout the life of the cave, until the cave finally deteriorates and is destroyed by nature. Sometimes there are remnants — a natural bridge or tunnel, perhaps — to indicate that a cave was once there.

The process that left the Ozarks honeycombed with caves, springs and sinkholes is an extremely slow one. According to Vineyard, “It is very difficult to determine the age of a cave because the rates of water flow and chemical activity vary widely throughout time. The caves of the Ozarks are very old, but we really don’t know how old”.  

Bridal Cave, Lake of the Ozarks

If you own a company, consider hosting one of your meetings in our lakeside pavilion. Your team will love the break and the change of scenery will refresh them for work. If you aren't the owner, share Bridal Cave's blog with your boss. Maybe it will inspire them to take us up on hosting their next meeting at this amazing Lake of the Ozarks attraction


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bridal Cave's Virtual Tour Contest

If you haven't had the chance to experience Bridal Cave in person, you can get an online 360° peek inside through our website. If you have been here before, you can relive the visit in a whole new way, plus we've hidden a fun reason to check out Missouri's most scenic cave tour through your computer or mobile device screen.
Troll shown above is not the troll you are looking for...

Virtual Tour Online
Just in case you are unfamiliar with what a virtual tour is, it is defined as a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of videos or still images. When you visit the Bridal Cave virtual tour on Google, it allows you to zoom in, zoom out, and use the mouse to click and drag your way around the photo as if you are standing in the center and slowly spinning around. Pretty cool, and a very intriguing way to see a part of the natural beauty that awaits you inside Bridal Cave. 

Once you're done exploring the cave room you begin the virtual tour in, which happens to be our Bridal Chapel, scroll around until you see an arrow, then click on that. Following the arrow's path will take you outside, into and through the gift shop, all the way to the parking lot! 

Find the Hidden Cave Troll!

Just for fun, and to make sure you take a really good look while you are virtually touring the cave, we've hidden a cave troll somewhere inside. You will need to zoom in and really keep your eyes peeled, because he's a shy guy, and he nearly blends into the surroundings completely. 

If you are clever enough to spot the little fella, you can win a FREE Bridal Cave family pass, which is good for 2 adults and 2 children. Here is how you do that:
  • Copy, cut, & paste the image of the cave troll.
  • Email that image, along with your mailing address, to: info@BridalCave.com.
  • Entries must be received by 4 pm, Saturday, October 16, 2016.
  • Limit of 1 family pass per address.
...this is the guy, but take the tour to snap his picture.
After you go caving online, come on over and see everything up close and in person! Right now, we've still got our Underground Opinion Poll waiting for your votes to help us predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. There is also an unbelievable End of Season Rock Closeout Sale going on in the gift shop, with incredible sale prices on many unique and beautiful rocks. 

You can have yet another chance to win free family passes to Bridal Cave every week by listening to 101.9 The Wave's afternoon trivia contest Monday-Friday from now until January 18, 2017. Another added bonus to visiting Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park right now is the gorgeous fall scenery you will experience this time of year. There's lots to see, and lots of ways to take the tour for free with these fun contests. Play along with us.     




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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Family Fun at the 2016 Pumkin Chunkin Palooza!

October brings with it another wonderful, family friendly event at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Pumkin Chunkin Palooza will be happening on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park want to make sure that you have all of the important information to attend this fun event. 

When:
Saturday, October 15, 2016
11 am - 6 pm

Where:
Ozarks Amphitheater
Camdenton, MO

Cost:
Adults: $8
Kids 5-12: $5
Kids 5 & under: Free
Family Pass: $20




The Events

  • Pumkin Chunkin - The main event of the day is the hourly "chunkin" of the "pumkins." They'll be loaded into the trebuchet (a catapult) and flung through the air.  
  • Family Events - There are lots of activities for the entire family to take part in. These will include: face painting, a petting zoo, kids activities, a climbing wall, carnival rides, and more. 
  • Fun Run & Costume Contest - There will be a 2.5-K Kid's Fun Run/Walk that goes from Ozark Amphitheater to Bridal Cave. The 5-K will follow the same route, then continue back to the amphitheater. The cost to participate is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under, and this fee will also gain you entry into the Pumkin Chunkin Palooza. Prizes will be awarded for the best child costume, best adult costume, and best group costumes. 
  • Largest Pumpkin Contest - Drop off your biggest pumpkin by 11:30 am on event day. Judging begins at 12:30 pm, and prizes will be awarded at 1 pm. The grand prize winner will win $1 per pound. 
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contests - Bring your best decorated pumpkin to the event by 11:30 am and be entered in a chance to win a ribbon, $25 in festival tickets, and your pumpkin's photo featured on the event's Facebook page and website. Winners will be announced in the following categories:
    • Elementary School
    • Secondary School
    • Adult
    • Corporate or Business
  • Live Music - The award winning blues band, the Norman Jackson Band will perform, as well as Kansas City's top 80's party band, The M80s
  • Food & Drinks - Food vendors will be on site. There will also be Missouri wine tastings, and the event will feature a different craft beer keg every hour between 1-4 pm. People will then vote for the best beer of the event.   
    photo from the Pumkin Chunkin Palooza Facebook page

The Power of Four
The Pumkin Chunkin Palooza will benefit local lake-area organizations, including Kids Harbor, Westside Aquatic Center, Lake Area Food Pantries, and Lake Regional Hospital. This event is being brought to you by the "Power of 4" - the Laurie-Sunrise Beach Rotary, the Camdenton Rotary, the Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary, and the Lake Ozark Rotary Club. They not only created this event to establish a family friendly fall festival, but also to showcase how the clubs can work together to better serve lake area charities, clubs, and non-profit organizations. For additional information about this exciting event, visit www.PumkinChunkinPalooza.com.    

photo from Funlake.com 

Fall Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks
Autumn is an excellent time of year to experience the beauty that the lake area has to offer. After you enjoy a day full of fun at the Pumkin Chunkin Palooza, a trip to Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park is only a short drive (or 2.5-K walk) away. Our last tour takes off at 5 pm on Saturday, and we are open 7 days a week from 9 am - 5 pm until October 15. After that we will switch to our seasonal hours of 9 am - 4 pm. Make a point to get out and experience fall at the Lake of the Ozarks this year. 


One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

Visit us at www.BridalCave.com
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526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-2676