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Old 07-22-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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Mena looks like a pretty neat little town, from what I've seen (strictly through pictures and google street view).

BereniceUK, I'm very curious....have you ever been anywhere in Arkansas besides the southern part? Because if haven't, and you think that's beautiful, well....I really hate to say this, but you haven't even seen the beautiful parts of Arkansas.

(running and ducking the tomatoes thrown by the Delta lovers)

I've been keeping my mouth shut, but the curiosity is killing me. What is the deal with you being in that part of Arkansas? Visiting relatives? Honestly, I really don't see how anyone who is used to the beauty of England would find southern Arkansas beautiful. Just something different, I guess. We all need a little variety in our lives.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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BereniceUK, I'm very curious....have you ever been anywhere in Arkansas besides the southern part? Because if haven't, and you think that's beautiful, well....I really hate to say this, but you haven't even seen the beautiful parts of Arkansas.

(running and ducking the tomatoes thrown by the Delta lovers)

I've been keeping my mouth shut, but the curiosity is killing me. What is the deal with you being in that part of Arkansas? Visiting relatives? Honestly, I really don't see how anyone who is used to the beauty of England would find southern Arkansas beautiful. Just something different, I guess. We all need a little variety in our lives.
Next time I visit my Arkansas friends we're planning on going north to the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View. I might book us all an overnight stay in the area so we could do some extra sightseeing up that way as I don't think they've been north of Little Rock.

I wouldn't say where I've been in Arkansas is beautiful. It was so flat! The towns were interesting, yes, and I love the town squares, even Star City's which was tiny! If I'd had the opportunity I'd have rented a car for a day and headed either north or further up the Mississippi River, somewhere like Helena. (By the way, while I was staying in Memphis I took a bus ride out to West Memphis. Now that was probably something I didn't need to have done!)

Almost everywhere I visit in the US is so different to England. Once in a while the landscape might remind me of England but then there's places like rural Kansas where the road is a straight line for what seems like forever. Fascinating, wouldn't have missed the experience, but I was glad I wasn't doing the driving that day!
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:29 PM
 
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Berenice, when you plan your trip to Mt. View/Ozark Folk Center, be sure to plan and extra day to visit nearby Blanchard Springs Caverns and surrounding area. It's a sight worth the effort.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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Berenice, when you plan your trip to Mt. View/Ozark Folk Center, be sure to plan and extra day to visit nearby Blanchard Springs Caverns and surrounding area. It's a sight worth the effort.
Man, ya beat me to it Slim.

That'll be the end of her flat Arkansas for awhile.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:05 PM
 
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I'm posting this photo to show Berenice what my Arkansas looks like. This is the Ouachita National Forest in the Ouachita Mountains of Montgomery County near the area where I grew up and later spent some of the happiest days of my life. While doing contract archeology work for the ONF I walked over, on, or around most of the mountains in the photo plus many more west of here. Those were the good times.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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I'm posting this photo to show Berenice what my Arkansas looks like. This is the Ouachita National Forest in the Ouachita Mountains of Montgomery County near the area where I grew up and later spent some of the happiest days of my life. While doing contract archeology work for the ONF I walked over, on, or around most of the mountains in the photo plus many more west of here. Those were the good times.
Looks wonderful and not too far from where my friends live.

This is the Confederate Cemetery in Camden.













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Old 07-31-2014, 07:28 AM
 
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I'm posting this photo to show Berenice what my Arkansas looks like. This is the Ouachita National Forest in the Ouachita Mountains of Montgomery County near the area where I grew up and later spent some of the happiest days of my life. While doing contract archeology work for the ONF I walked over, on, or around most of the mountains in the photo plus many more west of here. Those were the good times.
Hi OF....From Harrison I'll be heading due south, traversing East, West along the way. Crossing the Buffalo river at Buffalo Point, (would have preferred to have crossed at Ponca but I have been informed that the level at the moment is particularly low in that area). From BP I'll be cutting back SW over the Ozark N.F, (Searcy, Pope, Johnson counties), toward Clarksville and then on to Magazine Mountain S.P for an overnight stay. From there onto Petit Jean S.P. then The Rock.... From there due west on the 30/270 to Mena and the Talimena trail into OK. I've got 10 days, please tell me I'm going to see some of that fantastic scenry as in your photo!!!
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:06 PM
 
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Hi OF....From Harrison I'll be heading due south, traversing East, West along the way. Crossing the Buffalo river at Buffalo Point, (would have preferred to have crossed at Ponca but I have been informed that the level at the moment is particularly low in that area). From BP I'll be cutting back SW over the Ozark N.F, (Searcy, Pope, Johnson counties), toward Clarksville and then on to Magazine Mountain S.P for an overnight stay. From there onto Petit Jean S.P. then The Rock.... From there due west on the 30/270 to Mena and the Talimena trail into OK. I've got 10 days, please tell me I'm going to see some of that fantastic scenry as in your photo!!!
Yes! Mt Magazine Lodge is a great place, though kinda pricy. We spent a wonderful weekend there a few years ago. If you stay in the lodge ask for a top floor room on the valley side. You can see "forever" from up there.

From The Rock on I-30, I suggest you take the Hot Springs/U.S. Highway 70 Exit (111 I think) and follow it until it hits 270 West, east of H.S. When you get into Montgomery County you will be north of the photo but the same mountains. You will then run into U.S. Highway 71, then take it south to Mena. More mountains.

I don't know if the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge will be open by the time you come through but if it is that would be a good place to spend the night on the Talimena Drive. It is going through a complete rebuild/upgrade but I don't know the projected completion date. There was a set-back because they had to fire the first contractor so I don't have a late report on it.

I spent my teen-age years in Mena and roamed all over the surrounding mountains. Oh that was so long ago

Sounds like a wonderful (fast) well planned trip. Welcome back.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:57 PM
 
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Here is a photo of the Mt. Magazine Lodge and a photo of the clouds moving out after we had stood on our balcony and watched a thunderstorm below us.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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Queen Wilhelmina not to reopen until spring of 2015.
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