Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

National, State and Local Parks, public land wildlife and recreational activities.

Little Missouri Falls in Ouachita National Forest Arkansas

Lily and I decided to take a quick trip into the mountains during a 57 degree, sunny February day. The Little Missouri river is just a few miles away and an additional 10 mile drive upstream will put us at some of the area’s finest river and spring waters. The Little Missouri Falls is a decent waterfall, nothing huge but the water is clear-blue and very relaxing. Well, maybe better for a summer swim but Lily doesn’t care about temperature. I didn’t let her swim for too long in the cold water, but I thought it would be good to introduce her to the area while no one else was around. Plus, it was sunny outside and 57 degrees is almost hot compared to recent temperatures!


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First Annual Outlaws Smokin’ and Strokin’ on Lake Greeson

The sounds of boat motors on Lake Greeson and thunder on the horizon are pretty common in this part of Arkansas.  But this past Saturday a special crew of boaters gathered at the lake and brought their high performance versions of thunderous boat motors!  They were warmly invited by the local community, permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers, and the area was safety checked by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  Lots of local businesses pitched in to make it all happen, and then everyone held their breath a little hoping the event would go off without a hitch.

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Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of images from a monarch habitat in Santa Cruz.  Located within a small forest of eucalyptus trees, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this city park is home for full time resident monarch butterflies and a treasure for their admirers.  Also in this gallery is a rare event of a few crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects. Continue reading Monarchs and Crow

Winter Rain and Bull Creek

After 2 1/2 days of cold rain and dark skies, a dry line passed over Austin friday afternoon. Saturday morning snapped open like a crisp, sunny Texas winter day.  With blue skies and temps quickly climbing through the 50’s.  The weekend was off to a great start and people were getting out, after being rained in for a few days. Continue reading Winter Rain and Bull Creek

Mule shoe Bend Recreation Area

0117O-004 It’s been about 15 years since I’ve visited Mule Shoe Bend. I used to break up a monotonous work week, of any random long summer day, and zip through the hill country in my Honda coupe right after work to drop a line in the water for some catch and release fishing. I had found a hotbed of some kind of inedible bass that were a blast to catch.  It was a favorite getaway, from a summer years ago and I wasn’t expecting a return trip to compare. Continue reading Mule shoe Bend Recreation Area