A Different Perspective of the Mulberry River

Local residents can provide you with an accurate description of the river’s named rapids and the closest place to find gas or a good hamburger, but I want to introduce you to the natural environment that has transformed my life and perspective. My relationship with the Mulberry evolved as I learned more about the river and began to explore during different seasons. My first experience on … [Read more...]

The 2015 Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup

It was an honor and a privilege to work with Keep Arkansas Beautiful to coordinate The Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup again this year.  The event was a success with nearly 250 volunteers collecting over 1000 pounds of trash and recyclables.  Two schools attended The Field Science Day on Friday September 11: Mountainburg and Springdale High Schools.  The students, teachers and chaperones spent all … [Read more...]

An Invitation to The Great River Cleanup

It’s time for “The Great River Cleanup” campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Pamela and Zen Byrd Boulden of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jacob Gould of GreenSource Recycling and I are coordinating an all-day event – picking up litter along the Mulberry River and area trails along the Mulberry River.  The date is set for Saturday, September 12, 2015. Registration and drop off will be at Byrd's … [Read more...]

Hometown Hero

“Go big or go home” is a quote used frequently in the South to describe the motivation and drive behind the scenes. Country music singer Lance Carpenter was the embodiment of that mantra last weekend. Lance knows how to have a good time and his friends, family and fans got to witness this first hand at “Music on the Mulberry”.  Some guests had previously purchased tickets for Thunder on the … [Read more...]

Music on the Mulberry

Country Music singer Lance Carpenter was among the bands scheduled to play at “Thunder on the Mountain”.  When faced with the decision to cancel his plans, he decided, “the show must go on”.  “A negative situation is being turned into a positive situation because of a community pulling together around a local artist who is organizing a music festival in 2 weeks.”  Lance had performed at near-by … [Read more...]

Recreation: A Family Affair

Remember how it feels to be excluded, or feeling less than adequate because you haven’t quite mastered a skill?  Perfection, accomplishment, praise, recognition, attention drives you to keep trying, practicing, learning, reaching, for some sense of mastery. Current research indicates many positive health outcomes resulting from participation in recreational programs. Among these health outcomes … [Read more...]

Kayaking the Mulberry River with Chuck Dovish

"Exploring Arkansas," hosted by Chuck Dovish, is a high-adventure, outdoor show on AETN-PBS, which airs Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 5 p.m. My husband and I are fans of the show and supporters of the program’s mission. As a photographer, I've always admired Chuck's work, and recently contacted him about the possibility of shadowing him on assignment. It was during our first meeting … [Read more...]

Ice-Water School

We've been looking forward to Whitewater School since we started paddling with the Arkansas Canoe Club.  As the class got closer and closer, we got more and more excited.  Camping!  In May!  On the Mulberry River!  With friends!  It sounded like a great weekend. We like to paddle, and we like to learn stuff, and that was just going to make it better. But then it was the week before class, and … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Sun

The weather today in much of the Natural State is not sunny. In fact, most of us are seeing some kind of frozen or freezing precipitation. But within 4 days, the forecast has temperatures reaching the 60s once again. According to NOAA, Arkansas has enjoyed the 18th warmest January on record since 1895. This is probably great news for the LR Marathon Training Group. How tough is it to get out of a … [Read more...]

Turner Bend Turns 100

The following story was just released by Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism: Jill M. Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The Turner Bend store — set amid the changing shape of a lush landscape influenced by rippling waters, lost highways and throngs of exuberant floaters — is turning 100. Standing at the junction of Arkansas 23 and the Mulberry River, the … [Read more...]