Trail Dogs

I'm trying to train our dog to run with me (she's trying to train me to run more). So far she thinks that we are playing for the first quarter mile or so, tugging on the leash, running back and forth in front of me and sniffing at every drain, tree, hydrant and sign post we come to. Eventually she calms down and gets into a steady pace. We still have work to do but she's getting better. We have … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trails – Part 2

You really should start with Part 1 ...Lunch was good and soon we were ready for round 2. Our plan was to head down the Rim Trail again but at Gum Springs we would head down to the Bench Trail, playing it by ear from there. The trailhead for the Gum Springs Trail is very close to our cabin. Another Civilian Conservation Corps trail, it heads down some wonderful switchbacks and under a … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trails – Part 1

Earlier in the year we booked a few days in a cabin at Mount Nebo State Park near Dardanelle, AR hoping to escape the Holiday mayhem. A couple of nights in a cabin and a full day of hiking all over the mountain would do us some good. Cabin 61 is an iconic overnight facility in the Arkansas State Park system. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's, the beautiful rock work with … [Read more...]

Carrying on the Tradition

Well it was another Christmas Day with time saved for a little tradition that Lisa and I have, the Christmas hike. For some reason we often end up in a state park. Recent years have seen us taking our holiday hike at Pinnacle Mountain, Petit Jean, Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks. For our trip this year we decided on Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas. It's a beautiful … [Read more...]

It’s Almost Resolution Time

Most New Year's resolutions involve things like getting in shape or visiting new places or even spending more time outside. This year Arkansas State Parks is helping with those goals. They are hosting a "First Day Hike" program in many of the parks on New Year's Day. Here is a portion of the news release they sent out: Arkansas State Parks Joins This Nationwide Invitation to Begin the New Year … [Read more...]

Central Arkansas Trail Closures

Update! The prescribed burn scheduled for Pinnacle Mountain State Park has been CANCELLED due to the fog and expected rain. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Prescribed Burn at Pinnacle Mountain State Park - The trails near the visitor center of the park will be closed for a prescribed burn for December 14 & 15, 2011. (If they have rain it may be rescheduled.) This includes the … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 2

If you're coming across this and haven't read part 1 yet then start HERE. It was a pretty restful night, I think the sound of the water in the nearby creek helped. We had decided the night before that this was going to be our hike out day. The original plan was to do some long day hikes and then spend another night but the thought of a strong chance of rain Friday night followed by a cool, wet … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 1

We often find that holidays are a good time to escape to more secluded parts of Arkansas. Last year we spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. A few years back we took our youngest on her first backpacking trip during that weekend. Each time we do this we are reminded of how thankful we are to live in such a wonderful, diverse state. This Thanksgiving  it would be … [Read more...]

Raid The Rock 2011

UPDATE: Results are in for 2011 Raid the Rock. You can also get splits here. And if you're wondering where some of these teams came from check out this. By 2000 I'd done a couple of adventure races which at that time made me, in the minds of some, an old hand at it. I had orienteering skills, a hydration pack and a mountain bike. A new adventure race was coming down the pike and a friend … [Read more...]

The View Never Changes…

Welcome first time blogger McKenna. I wanted to get a younger voice in the blogs here and our teenage daughter was up to the task. Besides all the things she mentions doing on Saturday, she spent most of Sunday volunteering in the Kid's Tent at Pinnacle Mountain Rendezvous. This Saturday was a busy day for me and my family. Hiking, housework, Hillcrest Harvestfest, and all kinds of things that, … [Read more...]