Sunday, March 8, 2009
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, George and I are leaving today for several days in beautiful Arkansas. Monday (9th) is George's birthday ---so if you have a minute, shower him with a Happy Birthday email (firstname.lastname@example.org).. OR--leave a note on his BLOG if that is easier. I'm sure he'll kill me for asking you to do this--but I also think he'll love it!!!!
We won't have computer access on the mountain, and we won't post blogs while we are gone. BUT--we'll be thinking about ALL of you, and will be back to check on you when we get home on Saturday. I posted six pictures from Mt. Nebo yesterday, so today I'll share six more from that area. Above is a picture of George and me standing at the Mt. Nebo waterfall which incidentally is not far from our little cabin. (Like our hiking sticks? They are wonderful!) There are five more pictures below.
This is the upper part of the Mt. Nebo waterfall. The hike down that steep mountain is neat since we follow the waterfall down the mountain. During dry seasons, this waterfall is DRY. We hope to find it flowing when we get there this week, like it was this time last year when we took the picture.
We not only enjoy 'waterfalling' in Arkansas. We also enjoy hiking. One of our favorite trails is the King's Bluff Loop Trail. We saw two waterfalls along the trail--but what fascinated us was the rocky bluffs. There were all kinds of different rock shapes and lichen on the rocks. SO pretty!
There are three state parks (Mt. Nebo, Petit Jean, and Mt. Magazine) in this area of Arkansas that we enjoy. We enjoy hiking, 'waterfalling' and EATING at Mt. Magazine. There's a gorgeous lodge at Mt. Magazine where we always have lunch while there. The picture above is the view from the lodge. The water below is the Petit Jean River. Click on the picture for an enlargement.
While at Mt. Magazine, we hiked up to Signal Hill--which is the highest point in the state of Arkansas. Note picture above!!!!
There are great hiking trails at Mt. Magazine. This trail (pictured above) led down to the Mt. Magazine Waterfall. The hike down was steep--but was gorgeous --with all of the rock overhangs.Aren't they beautiful? (Click for an enlargement.)
We hope to have LOTS of new pictures to share when we get home. We hope that all of you will have a wonderful week.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Is there some place that you enjoy returning to, over and over???? We have a place like that--and it's Mt. Nebo State Park near Dardanelle, Arkansas. This next week will be the FIFTH time since 2006 that we have been back to our little cabin (Cabin 60) sitting on the top of a mountain. We just cannot stay away from that gorgeous place. It is just MADE for us. Here are some of the reasons!!!! Above you can see the mountain from below---looking toward our cabin!!! Below are five more reasons we keep going back.
This is our adorable, rustic cabin looking toward the front. The cabin is really not rustic though, since we have a jacuzzi tub and all of the modern conveniences. It is a small romantic cabin with only one bedroom, a living/dining area with fireplace, full bath and kitchen. There is a fabulous back porch, with concrete deck, picnic table, and grill. The view from the porch looking down into the valley is incredible.
Here is another view of the cabin--from the side. If you look to the left, you can 'almost' see the view down into the valley below. We feel as if this is the best cabin on the mountain--and we ask for Cabin 60 everytime we go!
We always choose to go to Mt. Nebo in the winter---because the cabin has as fabulous wood-burning fireplace. Life can't get much better than sitting beside the fireplace drinking a cup of hot cocoa!!!!!
Mt. Nebo has a Sunrise Point and a Sunset Point. There are even benches where you can sit and relax and ENJOY it.. This is a sunrise photo taken from Sunrise Point when we were there this past December. Look closely at the picture and you can see the Arkansas River to the left.
This picture was taken last year at this time when we went. The best thing about going in February or March is that we can see the sunset (above) from our cabin --and we don't have to go to Sunset Point (like we do when we go in Nov/Dec). Imagine seeing this from your back porch... WOW!!!!!
Tell me about some of your favorite places --where you go over and over.
P.S. If anyone is interested in my UPDATE about my bird situation from the last post, I added a comment in the comment section that you may be interested in reading. Thanks for your help!!!