Tag Archives: ArkansasTrails

ERL Trip Report: Trip Prep

Monday – Friday morning. I turned 39 this month and while I’m not usually one to get too worked up about how many times the planet has orbited the sun since I came screaming into this world, this tends to … Continue reading

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Eagle Rock Loop – teaser

I have really big calves.   If you look at the situation honestly, it isn’t anything really to be proud of.   Just genetics.  My dad has massive calves.  I’ve got a first cousin who also has thick meaty calves.   My sons … Continue reading

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Raising boys

  I’ll admit, I don’t always feel like I have a handle on fatherhood.  That initial shock I felt as I drove Bear Bait home from the hospital – you know, that terrifying realization that they just gave an infant … Continue reading

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Devil’s Eyebrow

Started out as a cold morning and I trusted the weather report a bit too much.  Dressed the boys in track pants and long sleeves.  Bear Bait was excited to wear some of his Christmas present gear, particularly an under-armor … Continue reading

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Exploring Devil’s Eyebrow

We’ve had a long run of beautiful, Spring-like days this Winter.   Momma had signed up to jump in Beaver Lake for the Polar Bear Plunge and there was no way I was going to hang out lake-side in the cold … Continue reading

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What we left behind . . .

A text from Kat tonight asking if he left something in my truck gave me an idea.  When he was trying to hump all three packs back toward the rock wall on Cecil Cove Loop, best guess is that he … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 4)

<– Part 3 Funny how the brain works.  In the moment, it was like I could feel every second.  Terrified that each minute would be something permanent done to my friend’s mind.   Adrenaline coursing through me, waiting on him to … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 3)

<–Part 2 |  Part 4 –> It started with the camera.  We were getting dressed again, gathering up shoes and gear.  Still laughing.  Grap asks me if I have his camera.  I checked.  Nope.  Still cold, I start moving on … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 2)

<–  Part 1   |   Part 3 –> We hopped back into the Yota and turned to travel down a Not Recommended road.  I’m gripping the steering wheel with both hands, doing a 10 and 2 like a fourteen-year-old in his … Continue reading

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Travel Not Recommended (Part 1)

I dedicate this trip report to the memory of Grap.  He’s not dead or anything or it’d be in memory of.  Nope . . . this one’s just to his memory. This hike began, in a lot of ways, with … Continue reading

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