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

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.

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