Monday, January 23, 2012

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Friday night, I met my friends Brian and Darren and headed a couple hours south to camp out along the White River, in NW Arkansas. We needed an easy camping spot within a short driving distance of where we'd be day-hiking on Saturday, Pea Ridge National Military Park.

Homebrew hard cider by the Caveman TV

We got down there well after dark, set up camp and began to relax by the fire. With a homebrew hard cider in hand, I was pretty content.

Maggie, before bed

Maggie, my 8-mo-old border collie mix, got to have her first outdoor adventure. She was unsure at first (especially with coyotes yipping and howling all night), but settled into things well on Saturday.

Morning coffee by the Caveman TV

In-Camp Entertainment

The dogs provided some in-camp entertainment.

Saturday's path

Pea Ridge Panoramic 2-up

We hiked about 7 miles Saturday. Taking a mix of trails through Pea Ridge National Military Park.

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

We started out on the horse trails.

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas Brian, Darren and I

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Maggie, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

The trail weaved through open farmland and down old wooded roads.

Dust devil on a prescribed burn area, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Several fields had recently seen some prescribed burning, like this one with the small dust devil swirling across it.

Frost flower, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Before the temps got above freezing, frost flowers were fairly prevalent.

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Maggie and I

Brian, Darren and I, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Brian, Darren and I

Deer print, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Deer were everywhere in the park.

Ida and Maggie, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Ida and Maggie

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

A gnarled oak, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Split-rail fence, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Maggie and I, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Maggie and me

Another gnarled oak, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Darren, Ida and Brian, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Darren, Ida and Brian

Ida, Cemetery, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Cemetery, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Brian, Darren and the dogs, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Brian, Darren and the dogs, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Split-rail fence, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Maggie, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Abbey Road, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

A rebuilt Elkhorn Tavern.

The Elkhorn Tavern, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Inside the Elkhorn Tavern

Inside the Elkhorn Tavern, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Me, Brian, Darren and the dogs, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Brian, getting his hat blasted off, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Brian, getting his hat blasted off.

Elkhorn Tavern Replica, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Bald Eagle, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

A bald eagle circling overhead. How fitting for an American Civil War Memorial.

Bald Eagle, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Darren, Brian and I, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Maggie and Ida, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

In Missouri, as far as trail markers go, you're lucky to find a weather-beaten plastic diamond at the base of the tree it used to be tacked to. In Arkansas, you get these. It goes opposite for roads, though.

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Deer at Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Deer at Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Lap dog Maggie is a lap dog.

Steak, potatoes and cornbread by the Caveman TV

Steak and tater dinner, courtesy of Chef Brian.

Maggie, dog-tired

Maggie and I slept in the Subaru

Dog-tired

Caveman TV

Caveman TV

The White River, Arkansas

Sunday, we hiked a little along The White River.

The White River, Arkansas

The White River, Arkansas

A-Frame Lodge, The White River, Arkansas

The White River, Arkansas

Maggie and me, The White River, Arkansas

Darren and Ida, The White River, Arkansas

The wee pup, Maggie

Orange ya glad I didn't say bananas?

Loaded up

Fly Fishermen on the White River

Pileated Woodpecker, The White River, Arkansas

A pileated woodpecker. They are about the size of a crow. A very cool looking bird.

Thanks again to Brian and Darren for another great camp trip. It's really quite hard to have a bad one, if you've got a good tolerance for variable forms of weather and the gear to handle it.

For more information on the park, go to http://www.nps.gov/peri/index.htm

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