My Old Stomping Grounds…

    Last weekend, my boyfriend Ryan and I took a little trip to where I grew up — Newton County, Arkansas.  We took part in the Outdoor Rendezvous event organized by Hiking the Ozarks.  There was rock climbing, hiking, and camping, along with various classes, such as survival training, etc.  It turned out to be a lot of fun, and I thought I would share some pics from the weekend.  BELOW:  Event attendees set up camp at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.  This is just a small portion of the tents that were spread out all over this hillside.

    A group of us did an 8-mile hike Saturday along the beautiful Buffalo River.
    We hiked from Kyle’s Landing to Granny Henderson’s cabin.  She lived here until the 1970’s when the land was then turned over to the park service. 
    There are typically five water crossings on this hike; however, due to the river being so low, one of those was dry this weekend.
    A fellow hiker brought his dog along.  She lost one of her little booties on the trail…
    We also hiked on to what’s called the Goat Trail, which winds along the bluff high above the river.
    Amazing clifftop views several hundred feet above the Buffalo River.
    On Sunday, we took a drive to Boxley Valley to photograph the elk, which can be seen there usually every morning/evening.
    Covered bridge in nearby Ponca, AR.
    Steel Creek campground, which has my favorite swimming hole on the Buffalo River and offers regular camping and a horse camp.
    Barn in Boxley Valley.
    Then before heading back home, we had lunch at the Cliffhouse Restaurant and enjoyed incredible views like this.

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