We were gone for the weekend – my post had all been scheduled in advance. We didn’t go far – drove over to the south western part of Arkansas to a state park we had not been to before. It sits at 2,600 feet elevation in the Ouachita Mountains. But the weather didn’t want to cooperate with us. We had made a reservation at the lodge for one night and had thought about seeing if we could get an extra night – but then because of the weather we were glad we hadn’t!!
The view on the way
Darn looks like the mountains are covered in haze! These are the Ouachita Mountains in the distance. Part of the mountain range we were heading to.
And when we were almost to the park entrance the fog got worse – well actually they say it isn’t fog but low laying clouds – I don’t care what you call it we could barely see in places.
We checked in – it was very windy and chilly – it was supposed to be a heat advisory that afternoon – temps were to be near 90 with heat index of 102 – what happened? it was barely 70 and with the wind it felt like in the low 60’s I had a sweater on LOL Finally around supper time the clouds started to break up a bit – for about 3 hours. This photo was taken about 3 hours after we got there – when we first got there we could barely follow the road to the parking lot the fog was so dense. By time we went to bed we could not see the parking lot again nor in the morning.
We took a scenic drive and saw some deer – we did see a black bear run across the road but it was too fast and couldn’t get the camera out. The drive goes into Oklahoma on the eastern edge of that state – the park is very near the state line.
First they run one way then start to cross the road – the babies ( there were two of them) got separated – finally they both jump the road guard in different areas.
Hummingbirds – lots of them – about 10 feeders out in one area.
Part of the lodge – it is actually small – only 40 rooms and a restaurant – and the only place to eat in miles! If it hadn’t been for the weather it would have been a great little mountain weekend get away – our 45th anniversary! With Mike working this year it was hard to actually go anywhere or make any plans in advance. This photo was taken during the break in the weather on Saturday evening.
I didn’t take a photo of what it looked like Sunday morning – lets say we left when we got up in the morning and started the 2+ hour drive home in dense fog that we could barely see in – could barely see the parking lot from the window of our room!! Headed out and drove home in a very bad thunderstorm for the first hour. It was still raining when we got home 3 hours later – we were in the middle of it for awhile then it was ahead of us most of the way home – but rain the whole way. There had been no sense to stay the extra night that we had thought about if the room was available.
No sewing– the sewing I showed was done on Friday and posted for the weekend.