Yay The Bugs Are Gone

The trees were dark, and the dawn pale,

waking birds were cheeping,

a wind moved cool and frail

through dim leaves creeping.

J.R.R. Tolkien- The Last Ship

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Star Falls Overlook

The series of wooden stairs leading down to the Star Falls overlook platform were badly damaged in a storm last winter. It was very sad seeing the yellow tape and “Closed” sign. 

Luckily they had them fixed rather quickly, which surprised me, because in L.A. we’d be waiting for years for something like that to be repaired.

Thank you, Cherokee Village SID and other entities involved in restoring our beautiful view of the South Fork!

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Cedar Valley Trail

This little 20-minute, out & back trail is one I can walk to from Mom’s house!

I wonder if they’d mind me swinging on that nice swing.

How do we get to the picnic table?🤔

We cross that little bridge & nearly fall off when something plops into the water & slithers under a rock.😳

South Fork

Can’t wait to go kayaking on it!

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Tohi Nature Trail

This is a completely paved trail, which is nice for all the senior citizens in the Village that use walkers or wheelchairs. I’m hoping to get my mom and her walker on it one of these days. I guess it’s also good for baby strollers.

It’s a very short trail. Took me 10 minutes to complete the loop and that included stopping to take a few pictures.



Dogwood Tree

Web worms or bag worms 😬

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Adahi Trail

This beautiful trail leads to a waterfall which is actually a spillway for Lake Thunderbird. I picked up a trails map at the Town Center and it looks like if I had kept going to the left I would’ve ended up at the lake. I’ll try again next time. I didn’t have the map with me that day and was on my lunch break and another thunderstorm was on it’s way!

So the trailhead starts in this lovely little Community Park with red bud trees and a view of the falls in Papoose Park across the street. Those falls are actually a spillway for Lake Cherokee!




So sad. Terrible.😢 Let’s keep them in our hearts as we traipse through their beautiful land.


That trash can doesn’t look like a bear can so is it safe to assume I won’t run into any on my FIRST EVER solo hike?😬


It’s so pretty! Can’t tell you how much I love those redbud trees!


This is Big Otter Creek. It always overflows the low water bridge over there in front of Papoose Park after a hard rain.


Still in the park looking at Big Otter Creek, wishing I could just skip work and sit here all day. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around something bigger & deeper than the L.A. River being a creek.



There are lots of fun things like this along the trail.


After you leave the park and head into the woods the trail looks more like a trail.



Grape hyacinth?


Here’s where I decided I’d better buy some hiking boots. It rains weekly, if not daily, so the ground is probably always wet somewhere.


You can see Big Otter Creek up ahead. In the distance I could hear the roar of the falls and it was a bit unnerving I must say to hear such a force of water and not be able to see where or what it is. 😳😬


No clue what these sweet flowers are.


Big Otter Creek

I was sitting on a lovely bench here.



The falls sounded so much bigger than this so I can’t fathom how loud something like Niagra Falls must be!

This is where my hike ended and I followed a loop back to the car. That’s him over there by the Police Station.


Next time I’ll see if I can come out by the lake!

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Navajo Park and Lake

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Stopped by Navajo Park and Lake on my way home from picking up a prescription for my Mom. I went down the stairs, over the bridge, and out on to the grassy dam, but turned back when I heard the horrible buzzing noise of grasshoppers or some other bug I rarely encounter back home in L.A.  Arkansas is a very buggy place. I will face a lot of buggy challenges this summer. You will hear a lot of screaming coming from this part of the country.

But getting back to Navajo Lake, I need to go back and get some new photos now that all the trees are starting to leaf out.

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Sequoyah

So this is an Historical Marker that I see almost every day of my life. I doubt many people stop here because there’s nothing to see except this sign.

The Intrepid Arkansawyer not only stops at Historical Markers, she reads them and tries to learn something from them.

So this one is in honor of George Guess, aka Sequoyah. Let’s see if Google can pull up any photos or information on the man since he was important enough for this little village to name a park, a lake, a dam, and a drive after him.

Sequoyah

Stolen from Wiki

So here he is, demonstrating his writing system to the Cherokee! Unfortunately, almost everything we know about him is speculative so let’s not waste any more time on him, shall we?