Side Trips

The Community Bicyclist
The view across Sylamore Creek near Allison, Arkansas.
The view across Sylamore Creek near Allison, Arkansas.

My job comes with perks. For example, yesterday I had to attend a meeting at The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. This is the off season for the Folk Center so I wouldn’t get a chance to enjoy the crafters, the music or even The Skillet Restaurant. I had a couple of hours of driving each way for a short meeting that could only happen at the Folk Center. So after the meeting I made myself figured out a little bonus trip.

Adventure Ozark 8-Hour Adventure Race

I should point out here that living in Arkansas also comes with perks. No matter where I travel in the state, I have the opportunity to make side trips. When planned properly, in Arkansas, the journey is as good or better than the destination.

I decided to run up to the Sylamore Creek near Hwy 5 and 14 just north of Mountain View. It’s a beautiful area and home to some great backpacking memories. I didn’t have a lot of time but I was able to get down to the trailhead and walk the few hundred feet to the creek. Camera in hand of course. These are a few shots I was able to steal on a cold winter day.

My old truck had no problem negotiating the steep, icy drive down to the trailhead.
My old truck had no problem negotiating the steep, icy drive down to the trailhead.
This is one of my favorite views on Sylamore Creek.
This is one of my favorite views on Sylamore Creek.
A closeup of the ice along the creek.
A closeup of the ice along the creek.
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