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How to tame a husband.

Remember a few weeks ago I wrote about how my husband suffers from S.A.D.D.  – (seasonal affected depression disorder).  Well – he was just about to go nuts because it rained AGAIN most of this week.  However, Saturday and Sunday it was beautiful.  He had to work Saturday morning, but we went to the Razorback Homecoming game Saturday night.  Hogs won 60 something to 20 something.   And, yesterday – ‘he just had to do something outside’.  I suggested we rake up the leaves that have covered the entire patio, but that was a no go.  So we headed over to Boxley Valley along the Buffalo River National Park.  We had a much earlier fall color peak this year and most of the trees had already dropped their leaves. (Remember my patio is buried.)   But with all the water we’ve had this week, we knew the many waterfalls in the area would be flowing and decided we’d take in a few short hikes. 

Our first stop was in Ponca, Arkansas.   Ponca is a very small community, but there are a couple of river outfitters there and cabins available for rent throughout the year.  We usually put our canoe in the water here at the Ponca low water bridge.  Thursday of this past week it was the ‘covered with water bridge’ as we had lots of rain on Thursday.  Here’s a view of the Buffalo River – taken from the low water bridge.

After watching kayak and canoe paddlers leave the bridge, we drove down to Steel Creek just in time to watch a few of those paddler pass by.

Bluffs at Steel Creek.

Looking down river – Steel Creek.

We drove down to Mt. Sherman and the Kyle’s Landing road.  Camp Orr (Boy Scouts of America) access turns off of this very bumpy and steep road.  My husband attended boy scout camp many, many, MANY years ago at Camp Orr.  The Twin Falls (actually triple) are very easy to get to and access is just past the entrance to Camp Orr.

Trail to Twin Falls.

See the falls through the trees?

See – really three falls, but they still call it Twin Falls at Camp Orr.

We went on two short hikes Sunday.  Our second hike was a revisit to Lost Valley Trail.  I’ll post those tomorrow.  Needless to say – Tim got his ‘outdoor’ fix yesterday.  The weather was perfect.  He spent yesterday evening snoring on the sofa.  I guess I wore him out hiking.  Ha!

Y’all have a great Monday.  :)

Starwoodgal

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Blogger Friend – Colorado Guy

Before I became a blogger, I was a lurker. Reader. Comment leaving BLOG visitor. And, I made some really nice friends ‘out there’. But, the BLOG / Web site I’ve been visiting the longest is Colorado Guy.

If you want to read some very entertaining stories, see some beautiful Colorado scenery, and get to know a little bit more about Steve – you must visit his website. You won’t regret it. Lots of fun. Kind of crazy. And, some of the nicest folks you’ll run into ‘out there’. Or follow Steve on Twitter or Facebook. Colorado Guy. Can’t miss it. He even has a fan club on Facebook.

Now – here’s scoop. Steve is coming to Arkansas to watch the Razorbacks play South Carolina. And, I’m going with him! I’m so thrilled. Steve is coming for a visit! He plans on doing some hiking (duh!), ball game craziness, and then hiking (again) up Mt. Magazine – the highest point in Arkansas. I’m sure we’ll be able to read about it over at Colorado Guy or Altitude Snobs. I’ve met other friends from Colorado Guy.com in person, but I’ve never met Steve. Oh – we’ve e-mailed and talked on the phone, but now – I get to meet Steve in person. Steve – the New Jersey native transplanted in Coloardo. Steve – the Bike Across America guy. Steve – from all his crazy stories/adventures. Which Steve?

This Steve!

This Steve!

See you in a few weeks, my friend. And, bring a red shirt for the Arkansas game. Go Hogs!

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Mini-Vacations – Around Arkansas

Have you been to Arkansas yet?

Have you been to Arkansas yet?

My husband has lived in Arkansas since the age of 8 or 9 years old (a transplanted west Texan). I moved to Arkansas when I was 11 years old, but my family had vacationed in Arkansas for several years prior to relocating here. During those vacation we visited several Arkansas State Parks and Attractions.

1968 - Me and my brother, Rusty - Hot Springs, Arkansas

1968 - Me and my brother, Rusty - Hot Springs, Arkansas

After 27 years of marriage, I’m determined to get my husband to go to some of these locations that in the past 40 some odd years that he’s been an Arkansan, he has never visited. Seriously, his family didn’t ‘get out there’ in their home state. For instance -

1. Did you know we have an Elephant Sanctuary?
2. Did you know we have a Big Cat Sanctuary?
3. Did you know we have a Diamond Mine and the public can dig for diamonds?
4. Lots of Beautiful State Parks.
5. Tons and Tons and Tons of History! From Dinosaurs, primitive Indians, Wild West, famous explorers, Civil War Battlefields, plantations, and many famous and infamous people. Check out the Historic 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (My daughter was married in the formal gardens and the reception inside the hotel – photos.
6. Ridiculous number of outdoorthings to do. Camping, hiking, rafting, canoeing/kayaking, motorcylce rides through the mountains, biking, lake sports, golf courses, horseback riding, antiquing, crafting, caving (yes, caving), fishing (world record trout caught in Arkanas. Yes! Arkansas.)
7. Natural Hot Springs in America’s first National Park – Hot Springs National Park. (Horse racing in the spring).
8. Check out the State of Arkanas Calendar of Events for activities going on around the state.
9. 133 Waterfalls in Arkansas. Yes! 133.
10. Over 9,000 miles of Rivers and Streams in Arkansas.

These are just a few oppportunities to take advantage of in Arkansas. I invite you to take a look at the photography of one of the country’s premier photographers, Tim Ernst, a resident of Northwest Arkansas. This is Arkansas!

Need an online tour guide? Take a tour online with AETN’s Exploring Arkansas. This is Arkansas!

We’ll be spending our summer taking several mini-vacations around the state. I’m very fortunate that I live in my favorite part of the state, Northwest Arkansas. Some of Arkansas’ most beautiful vistas are just an hour and hike away. So, grab your tent, rent a cabin, pack your outdoor gear and visit Arkansas. You won’t regret it. I promise.

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