Posts Tagged ‘Arkansas’

Little Missouri Falls

March 20, 2013
Little Missouri Falls, Langley, Arkansas.  February 22, 2010.

Little Missouri Falls, Langley, Arkansas. February 22, 2010.

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Betsy and I don’t always agree with the writers of the books we use to find waterfalls.  We haven’t been disappointed as much as we’ve been surprised.

We read about Little Missouri Falls in one of our books on Arkansas waterfalls.  The description in the book talked about a waterfall on the Little Missouri River with multiple drops in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.  Since we were getting pretty good at navigating Forest Service roads, we decided we would check it out.

We found Little Missouri Falls (above), but we both thought it was more of a cascade than a falls.

Little Missouri Falls, Langley, Arkansas.  February 22, 2010.

Little Missouri Falls, Langley, Arkansas. February 22, 2010.

Don’t get me wrong — it was very pretty, especially as the water rushed over the rocks.

Little Missouri River, Langley, Arkansas.  February 22, 2010.

Little Missouri River, Langley, Arkansas. February 22, 2010.

A nice bonus was the color of the Little Missouri River below the falls.

Dierks Lake

March 6, 2013
Dierks Lake, Dierks, Arkansas.  February 27, 2012.

Dierks Lake, Dierks, Arkansas. February 27, 2012.

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As many of you know Betsy and I have been going to Mount Nebo in Arkansas for almost as long as we’ve been married.  We usually try to find some waterfalls to visit, but we visit other places that capture our interest as well.

Last year we met a man as we were coming back to the car after visiting a waterfall in Arkansas.  He recommended that we continue a little farther down the road to Dierks Lake.  We were glad we took him up on his suggestion.

Dierks Lake was formed by a dam across the Saline River.  We’ve been told that it’s noted for largemouth bass fishing, but we just enjoyed the beauty of the lake.

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Betsy has a new photo blog, which I’m sure you will enjoy.  You can find it by clicking HERE.

SkyWatch Friday: Sunset on Mount Nebo

March 1, 2013
Our cabin at sunset on Mount Nebo, Arkansas.  February 27, 2012.

Our cabin at sunset on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. February 27, 2012.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

There are many things that Betsy and I like about Mount Nebo in Arkansas.  We always stay at ‘our’ cabin on the rim of the mountain.  The main reason we go in late February is that we can enjoy sunsets from the patio of the cabin.

This picture, taken last year, shows the sun sinking behind the mountains to the west of Mount Nebo.  ‘Our’ cabin is in silhouette on the left of the picture.

SkyWatch Friday: Mount Nebo Sunset

February 22, 2013
Sunset on Mount Nebo, Arkansas.  February 11, 2013.

Sunset on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. February 11, 2013.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

Betsy and I were at Mount Nebo in Arkansas last week.  We stay at the same cabin each year, since we have beautiful views at sunset from the porch at the back of the cabin.  We can sit there and look down into the valley below us and see the mountains stretching off in the distance.  When the setting sun colors the sky and sends our sun rays, we feel that we’re capturing a glimpse of heaven.

Falling Water Falls

February 20, 2013
Falling Water Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.  February 14, 2013

Falling Water Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas. February 14, 2013

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Betsy and I drove into the Ozark National Forest of Arkansas on a gravel Forest Service road to visit Falling Water Falls o Valentine Day.  We had visited this waterfall a couple of times before, but we found much more water in the creek this time.  Also, the color of the water was absolutely gorgeous.

 

 

Our World: King’s Bluff Trail

February 18, 2013
Betsy on the King's Bluff Loop Trail in the Ozark National Forest of Arkansas.  February 11, 2013.

Betsy on the King’s Bluff Loop Trail in the Ozark National Forest of Arkansas. February 11, 2013.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

A beautiful blue February Sky.  February 11, 2013.

A beautiful blue February Sky. February 11, 2013.

This past Monday Betsy and I hiked the King’s Bluff Loop Trail in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.  We had been there several years before, but it was good to go back, especially on a pretty February day under a beautiful blue sky.

King's Bluff Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas.  February 11, 2013.

King’s Bluff Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas. February 11, 2013.

The trail led to King’s Bluff Falls which actually had a fairly good water flow.  It was only a trickle the last time we were there.

A pedestal at the Pedestal Rock Scenic Area of Arkansas.  February 13, 2011.

A pedestal at the Pedestal Rock Scenic Area of Arkansas. February 11, 2013.

After leaving the waterfall the trail looped around to rock outcroppings that over some spectacular views of rock pedestals formed by erosion over millions of years.  Many of the pedestals have varied-colored lichen growing on the rock faces.

The hike was a wonderful way to enjoy the marvelous beauty of God’s creation.

SkyWatch Friday: Gaither Mountain Sunrise

August 31, 2012

Sunrise from Gaither Mountain, Harrison, Arkansas. August 7, 2012.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

On our last morning in Arkansas Betsy and I got up before dawn to watch the sun rise from Gaither Mountain near Harrison, Arkansas.  We had traveled over the mountain the previous day and we knew the view was spectacular.

What we didn’t know is that we would be delayed by a road construction project that started before dawn.  So the sky was already showing color by the time we got to the overlook (see photo above).

Sunrise from Gaither Mountain, Harrison, Arkansas. August 7, 2012.

It took a while, but after a while the sun started to put in an appearance.

Sunrise from Gaither Mountain, Harrison, Arkansas. August 7, 2012.

Later we were able to enjoy the sun in all of its golden glory.  What a marvelous way to begin a day.

Looking For Waterfalls in a Drought

August 22, 2012

Tomahawk Creek near Mountain View, Arkansas. August 5, 2012.

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Don’t get me wrong — Betsy and I had a wonderful time in Arkansas as we celebrated her birthday.  But I have to admit that our timing wasn’t the greatest.  We enjoy ‘collecting’ waterfalls, and we planned our trip — several months ago — in order to see some waterfalls in a part of Arkansas we hadn’t visited before.

But Arkansas is in the midst of a terrible drought.  We thought things were dry here in eastern Tennessee, but the situation is much worse in Arkansas.  We were amazed at how dry and brown the pastures and lawns appeared.

Tomahawk Creek, Mountain View, Arkansas. August 5, 2012.

All of the rivers we saw were low, and many of the creeks were bone dry.  The two above pictures show Tomahawk Creek near Mountain View, Arkansas.

We hiked the Lost Valley Trail of the Buffalo National River.  Although there was no water in Clark Creek which paralleled the trail, we enjoyed the hike.  Since there was no water in the creek, we were able to explore a natural bridge carved by the creek in greater detail than we could if water had been flowing (more about that in a later post).

Clark Creek, Lost Valley Trail, Buffalo National River, Arkansas. August 6, 2012.

We didn’t see the waterfalls we had hoped to see, but we did enjoy our trip very much.

Is She Trying to Tell Me Something?

August 13, 2012

Betsy’s ‘dream house’ in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.  August 5, 2012.

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When Betsy lived and worked in Houston, Texas, she often spent the week after Christmas on vacation in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.  Since we were in the area while celebrating Betsy’s birthday, she decided to show me around.

After finding the timeshare she used to own, Betsy decided she wanted to drive down to the lake.  She said this is something she did on every visit.  On our way to the lake she told me about a beautiful house that she liked very much.  She always told her friends (and her sons) that the house was her ‘dream house’ and that she would own it some day.

Another view of Betsy’s ‘dream house’, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. August 5, 2012.

We drove by the house, and I must admit that it is very pretty.  We only saw the front yard, but I liked the wooded setting.  The house has a nice long deck along the front.  I must admit that I liked it as well.

Before you read any further, I need to remind you that the first time I ever went to Fairfield Glade is when Betsy wanted to show me where she stayed during a vacation in Tennessee several years ago.  You’ll see the relevance of this statement when you scroll down.

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Betsy has that mischievous look on her face. I wonder why?

Do you think Betsy is trying to tell me something?

SkyWatch Friday: Mount Nebo Sunrise

April 13, 2012

Sunrise from Sunrise Point on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. March 2, 2012.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

As I’ve mentioned several times, Betsy and I love to watch sunsets from ‘our’ cabin on Mount Nebo in Arkansas.  It’s nice to sit on the patio and enjoy the setting sun.

Sunrise on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. March 2, 2012.

It’s possible to see sunrises on Mount Nebo as well, but it involves more effort.  Not only do we need to get up very early, we need to drive to Sunrise Point.  But we do that at least once each time we visit Mount Nebo.

Sunrise on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. March 2, 2012.

All of these pictures were taken on the morning of March 2, 2012.  Yes, we did have to get up early, but I think it was all worth it.