Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Cedar Falls Trail


The Cedar Falls Trail begins behind Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. The red signs seem to warn of danger and dire consequences for taking on this challenge


If you ever decide to do this trail, rest assured that it's not nearly as bad as you might fairly expect from the sign. The way back up the stone steps returning to the lodge is steep, but I was barely winded at the top and I'm hardly the picture of robust strength. I didn't take water. It's only a 2-mile trail, for pity's sake. I would worry that the sign was scaring off people, but I saw people wearing slides and carrying babies in backpacks so I think people are ignoring the sign.

This is the beginning of the trail:


It flattens out after the initial steep part but continues rocky through most of the trail:



It's not all rocks, though:


The trail divides about 1/2 mile in:


And there are more rocks and steps:


but also more dirt paths that make for easier going:



It's worth it when you get to the falls:



The Younger Son took a video:

video


I heard one child in particular who had never seen a waterfall, and he was very excited. I've seen waterfalls before, but this one was not a disappointment. Beautiful!

Then you have to go back a mile along that same trail to get back to the lodge.


It's interesting how you can go back along the same route but see it anew from the other direction.


It was well worth the hike, and I'm glad I didn't let the warning sign scare me off. This trail alone was worth the trip to the park.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Three Little Pigs


The Husband and I had supper in this BBQ "joint" recently. Neither of us had ever eaten at Three Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, although it's been there since 1989. You can see the menu at their site here. They serve breakfast in the mornings, and that menu looked tasty. We were specifically there for the BBQ, though. I had a BBQ sandwich, onion rings and a coke; The Husband had the BBQ sandwich, french fries and a diet coke:


The interior is decorated in All Things Pig, and here's one example that was by the front door:


We enjoyed the food. We like a bit of variety, and it's nice to know yet another reliable BBQ choice close by.

Yelp gives it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Urban Spoon has a score of 89%. Trip Advisor gives it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

I Can Understand It

I Can Understand It:



by Bobby Womack, who died a year ago on June 27th at the age of 70, suffering from a number of health problems. He worked at American Sound Studio in Memphis early in his career.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Morrilton, AR


While we were staying at Petit Jean State Park we took one day to go into Morrilton to check out the local town. We went straight to the downtown area and walked around looking for shops and restaurants. Most of the shops were boarded up or closed. One had a sign on the door that said, "Working at home. Call xxx-xxxx". We had to laugh. That's not a very tourist-friendly option. The boards on some of the windows were pretty:


There were some art pieces on the sides of some of the buildings:


and a lovely park:


The Depot Museum was only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-2, which was too limited to help us:




The only restaurant downtown was a Mexican place, which didn't suit our mood, so we ate at a chain steak house on the by-pass. Then later we ate at a cute place close to Petit Jean State Park called The Outpost:



I didn't get pictures inside, but I did get a picture of the fudge before it was all gone:


We ate at The Outpost again on another day, and I can safely recommend the chicken salad sandwich and the hamburger. They have good food there. And ice cream, lest I forget. I had a single cone of strawberry ice cream that would rival many a double cone in size. We can't spend every day on the trails, and this day made a nice break.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Oedipus Rex (1957)

Oedipus Rex is a 1957 film adaptation of the Sophocles play. I much prefer watching plays to reading them, but I don't care as much for modern adaptations. This is more the filmed play type, with the actors in robes and performing in masks. The adaptation is written by William Butler Yeats. I enjoyed this. And how can you go wrong with a young William Shatner as a member of the chorus!

It's a story everyone should already be familiar with, but you can read a translation of the play online if you like.

via Youtube:


DVD Journal says, "Seeing Sophocles' greatest smash hit in a form similar to how his original audiences experienced it is a rare and pretty nifty thing."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Petit Jean


Petit Jean State Park is named after an actual person who is said to be buried at the top of the mountain. The legend as recounted on Wikipedia:
According to legend Petit Jean was actually a young 18th century French woman. When she discovered that her fiance planned to explore the Louisiana Territory, she cut her hair, disguised herself as a boy and managed to find a position as a cabin boy. She survived the voyage and joined the expedition team for their exploration. Once they had reached the area of the mountain, the young woman became ill. On her deathbed she revealed herself to her fiance and was buried on the mountain -not under her own name, but under the name she had been known by on the ship "Little John".
The gravesite:


The view from the overlook:


That's the Arkansas River down there:


There's a boardwalk along the ridge, and the views on all sides are stunning:


There's a designated wildflower area and the remains of one of the old Civilian Conservation Corps buildings:


This was one of the more easily accessible spots, wonderful views with little physical effort.