Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Central High, Breweries, Petit Jean, Arkansas

We really enjoyed our 2 weeks at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas.  Spacious campsites, a lovely scenic area and trails you can get to by walking from your campsite.  The hiking trails range from 1/2 mile to 14 miles. The weather was all over the place but we had enough gorgeous days to really enjoy our stay.

We also took a day trip into Little Rock. Checked out a couple of breweries and spent some time at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. This site is where the Little Rock Nine, a group of 9 black students, attempted to attend the recently desegregated Central High School in 1957 and were initially barred by the locals and local police.  It drew national attention to the issue.  Those were some brave kids.  While at the Visitor Center, one of the Nine, Thelma Mothershed Wair , was there signing a book she had a part in writing about the incident so we bought one and asked her sign it.  We will give it to our grandchildren.

7 Hollows Trail at Petit Jean State Park

7 Hollows Trail

The Grotto on the 7 Hollows Trail

colorful Darter fish protecting his mate underneath him

Me sitting at the base of a large natural bridge on the 7 Hollows Trail

a camp regular

Rock House Trail

pictographs in overhang include this one of a paddle fish, in the center,  and other drawings

from inside Rock House Cave


canyon rim picture on the BSA Trail at Petit Jean SP

"turtle rocks"



these pics are from the Bear Cave Trail area at Petit Jean SP

fun area to explore!

Cedar Falls Creek

bright blue belly on this lizard






Checked out Stone's Throw and
Lost Forty Brewing in Little
Rock

Little Rock Central High School, still in use....



Thelma Mothershed Wair signing her book at the
visitors center
Cedar Creek Trail at Petit Jean SP



Above we are looking down on the Arkansas River.
Petit Jean S P is a couple miles down the road on this mountain.

On right "may" be the grave of the legendary
Petit Jean on the Arkansas River overlook.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

We are staying at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas right now.  It was Arkansas's first state park and it is not hard to see why.  It is a beautiful place up on a mesa with a large lake, beautiful waterfalls and several scenic hiking trails. This is our 4th and longest visit to Arkansas and I imagine we will be back some day!:


Cedar Falls overlook

a smaller falls in the canyon






Mather Lodge

view from Mather Lodge

these guys are everywhere after a rain!


trail to Cedar Falls


Cedar Falls, 90 feet










Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sardis Dam, Batesville, MS

We enjoyed our past two weeks in the John W Kyle State Park  below Sardis Dam near Batesville, Mississippi.  Being on the lake was great...but a bit windy.  You just never know.  Still enjoyed it and plenty of walking in the area.  3 small trails near the park but huge camping and picnicking areas on the lake that were virtually empty to walk around and enjoy.

Loved the white pelicans that hung around. Appox 100 seemed to make the lake their home.  In Batesville we did find an area of interest, the remains of some ancient mounds:

on a nature trail near our park





fishermen out every day on the lake


The Batesville Mounds....or what is left of them after a couple thousand
years.

Early to middle Woodland Era,
1-400AD

Mound C


a nice little trail at the mounds

Central High, Breweries, Petit Jean, Arkansas

We really enjoyed our 2 weeks at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas.  Spacious campsites, a lovely scenic area and trails you can get to by w...