Since this was our last weekend in Arkansas, we decided to bare the heat and hike Devil's Den State Park. They say getting there is half the fun. The only trail marker was at the trail head which we didn't know when we began our trek. The Ozarks are a just so breathtaking especially in the peak of Summer with 80% humidity!
Descending into the valley the striking limestone layered cliffs with erosion caves and crumbling boulders, created a serene feeling. Only after we started talking to a local hiker did we realize the trail didn't loop back up to the yellow rock cliff we sought. So we turned around and hiked back up to where the trail forked. As we walked closer to the cliff, it began to feel like a spiritual quest or it could have been the shouts of the Bible thumping group parked in the middle of the trail ahead that penetrated my sub-conscience. If you know me, you know I respect all beliefs. But, come on, when in nature commune with nature which means be quiet and observe not shatter the serenity with shouts echoing through valley! By the time we reached the car I had reached my limit with the heat. We drove to the dam where we thought we might rent a canoe (our kayak sprung a leak) but that turned out to be impossible because the dam broke. There was no water. We picnicked by the small stream and headed back to our condo on wheels. It looks like we will be heading to the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend then back to Kansas City for a couple weeks.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.