Wild and Scenic Rivers of Arkansas

A National Anniversary October 2 was the 50 year anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Not well known in the world of public land management, the act, as described on Rivers.gov as: "The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational … [Read more...]

ADEQ Launches Mobile Complaints App.

(From ADEQ News Release) The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) today launched a mobile app that will allow users anywhere in the state to report environmental hazards directly from some smart phones. “Our inspectors do a great job, but they can’t be everywhere,” said Interim Director Ryan Benefield. “Enabling Arkansans to report environmental hazards in real time will allow … [Read more...]

A Year on the Water

Laramy Ridley of Kayak Arkansas often shares videos of kayaking adventures throughout the Natural State. He recently shared a mix of trips from the last year. In this video you'll see Hawksbill Crag, Falling Water Falls, Richland Creek, Cossatot River, Goat Trail, North Fork Illinois Bayou, Snow Creek, Cadron Creek, Haw Creek Falls, Big Piney Creek, Pam's Grotto, Winona Spillway, Ouachita River, … [Read more...]

The Winter Solstice Ride

The winter solstice happened in Little rock at approximately 11:30 pm on December 21st. I wasn't going to stay up that late to greet it, so I decided to set up a ride for 5:30 pm on December 22nd. If you lived in a magical place called Greenwich you would have greeted the solstice at 5:30 pm on December 22nd. So I mixed things up a bit and set up a ride. Karma would mess with me for the timing … [Read more...]

2011 Jingle Bell Run (Little Rock)

I'm not sure but I may have just witnessed the first race to utilize the Clinton Library Bridge, The 2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation. The weather was beautiful, the crowd was festive and it looked like everyone was having a great time. The run took competitors, and non-competitors from the Clinton Library over the Broadway Bridge and then to the Clinton Library Bridge and … [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...]

Full Moon Walk…Less the Moon

More info on the 2013 event. Yep! A walk in the moonlight...well, not really the moonlight as we had no moon tonight. Sometimes the moon doesn't cooperate with the needs of us common folk. But the show went on anyway. At 6 p.m. or so, a lot of people took to the Big Dam Bridge to walk to the other side and back. Groups started in North Little Rock and in Little Rock. Walkers were given a … [Read more...]

Bikes, Bridges and Beer (and Baseball?)

The Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock and North Little Rock is a transportation corridor. That's right, it allows access by bike or foot to all kinds of great venues not just during the day but also at night. For instance, Saturday night, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock played host to the 9th Annual Little RocktoberFest. This annual gathering of home brew aficionados, local brew … [Read more...]

Bicycle Boy

Last weekend I got my first chance to ride over the new Clinton Library Park Bridge. It was a wonderful ride. On the North Little Rock side I came across a bronze statue of a boy on a bicycle. It was an interesting thing to see, obviously not permanently in place but fitting as a welcome from the North Little Rock area to the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge. I took a photo of it, my wife Lisa and … [Read more...]

First Ride – Clinton Presidential Library Bridge

Yesterday was the big dedication day for the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge or what used to be known as the Rock Island Bridge until a little over 10 million dollars was poured into it. I think this will be money well spent. After all the speeches and ceremony, they opened it up to cyclists and pedestrians. I like that they let the cyclists go first on these things since the cycling groups have … [Read more...]