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Don’t get me wrong — Betsy and I had a wonderful time in Arkansas as we celebrated her birthday. But I have to admit that our timing wasn’t the greatest. We enjoy ‘collecting’ waterfalls, and we planned our trip — several months ago — in order to see some waterfalls in a part of Arkansas we hadn’t visited before.
But Arkansas is in the midst of a terrible drought. We thought things were dry here in eastern Tennessee, but the situation is much worse in Arkansas. We were amazed at how dry and brown the pastures and lawns appeared.
All of the rivers we saw were low, and many of the creeks were bone dry. The two above pictures show Tomahawk Creek near Mountain View, Arkansas.
We hiked the Lost Valley Trail of the Buffalo National River. Although there was no water in Clark Creek which paralleled the trail, we enjoyed the hike. Since there was no water in the creek, we were able to explore a natural bridge carved by the creek in greater detail than we could if water had been flowing (more about that in a later post).
We didn’t see the waterfalls we had hoped to see, but we did enjoy our trip very much.