Backpacking

To bail or to keep pushing?

I stood still on the trail drawing doodles in the dirt with my trekking poles. Before me, was yet another human-sized boulder. And yup, the trail went straight up and over it. I was going to have to use my hands and knees again to… Read More »To bail or to keep pushing?

Standing tall among the saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

The Saguaro Cactus has become a symbol of the desert and the American Southwest, but the famous plant is actually only found in a small portion of the American Southwest. And other than putting down roots in northwestern Mexico, it isn’t found anywhere else in… Read More »Saguaro National Park

Black Fork Mountain Trail in southwest Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border, is a great long day hike or overnight backpacking trip for those who want to escape the crouds.

Hiking Black Fork Mountain Trail

Black Fork Mountain stretches from Arkansas into Oklahoma just north of Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the Ouachita National Forest. The trail offers spectacular views, unique forests, and historic places. Black Fork Mountain Trail is great for a long day hike or an overnight backpack.… Read More »Hiking Black Fork Mountain Trail