This is where I took my grandson yesterday and we had a blast. I have been here many times with my kids and hubby, but this was the first time for my grandson. This post is about Lost Valley State Park, I will have another post about Lost Valley later on with al the pictures I took of Kaden and me, and some of the things we seen.
The trail begins at the Lost Valley State Park and terminates in a cave 1 1/2 miles up the valley. Features include waterfalls, a cascading creek, towering cliffs, a large bluff shelter, a natural bridge, spring wildflowers and a hardwood forest containing American beech. The cave itself is a tight squeeze for approximately 200 feet ending in a large room with a 35-foot-tall waterfall. Clark Creek, like most tributaries to the Buffalo River, tends to dry up or go underground during the late summer and early fall of most years. The first mile to Eden Falls is level and easy going. The trail then climbs steeply to the mouth of the cave. You will need reliable lights if you plan to explore the cave.
Eden Falls … Photo Provided at: http://blog.gregdisch.com/2009/05/06/lost-valley-eden-falls-buffalo-national-river/
More pictures of Lost Valley … Photo Provided at: http://www.nightoutfayetteville.com
As you approach the Cave …Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
As you enter the large Chamber … Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
More inside the Cave …Photo provided at http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/hiking-the-ozarks-lost-valley.aspx#axzz357JFm6P1
The Cliffside … Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
What Lost Valley looks like from afar … Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
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Cannas are tropical and subtropical flowering plants with large, banana like leaves. They can be grown as annuals in cooler regions, where they add an instant touch of the tropics to gardens. A surge in interest and hybridizing has resulted in a dazzling array of Cannas to choose from. Cannas (from the Latin word cane) were my grandmothers favorite plant.
I have taken pictures of the “Evolution of the Cannas Flower” as it blossoms.
~1st Day of Cannas Forming~
Cannas are often grown from their foliage alone. The large, paddle-like leaves resemble banana leaves and come in greens, blue-greens, variegation and stripes. Much hybridizing has been done to create more attractive flowers. Somewhat tubular and lily like, Canna flowers come in shades and combinations of yellow, orange, red and pink and are borne on tall stalks coming out of the foliage. Because most Cannas sold today are the result of many crosses, Cannas are rarely classified.
Not often bothered by problems. Canna leaves are covered with a waxy substance, so water is repelled and fungus doesn’t usually take hold. Grasshoppers and caterpillars may munch the leaves. Water stress will cause tearing or cracking in the leaves.
It is recommended in the winter to let them die and then dig up the roots leaving some soil on the roots, and then bag the roots and keep them in a cool place to replant in the spring. However I am hear to tell you I have NEVER done this. I let the Cannas die, I then cut the plant down to about 1-2 inches from the ground, and when next Spring comes it ALWAYS comes back the next and multiplies each time.
By the way Cannas Plants multiply big time like rabbits!! LOL
Sam’s Throne is a hard sandstone rock climbing area in the Boston Mountains of north central Arkansas, located in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest.
The surrounding area contains over one hundred named climbing routes of various difficulty and is serviced by a paved Forest Service road.
According to Flatliners Southeast Climbing at http://www.southeastclimbing.com/climbing_areas/arkansas/sams_throne.htm a surprising amount of climbing is found in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas. The flat topped mountains are capped by high quality atoka sandstone that is described as similar in quality to that found in the Red River and New River Gorges to the east. This highly featured solid rock is found in exposed cliff lines along the tops of the mesas cut by numerous streams and rivers.
Sam’s Throne is the oldest of several climbing areas found on along the broad flat mountain tops of the Ozark area. The Atoka sandstone Caprock that forms the cliffs at Sam’s Throne encircles about a three mile area. Major cliffs include East and West Main Bluff, The Outback with its big overhanging cracks, shady Northern Exposure, and the 90 foot walls of Hero Maker and Valley of the Blind and Deliverance. There are several other areas nearby including the sport climbing area at Cave Creek, Horseshoe Canyon Guest Ranch, Cherokee Crags, and many more!
The climbs range from short bouldering to 60′ – 75′ pitches, most ideal for top roping. The Atoka sandstone is laced with solution pockets and knobs as well as with numerous crack systems. Because of the highly featured rock which takes protective gear well, the first bolt did not appear at Sam’s Throne until 1987. A strong traditional climbing ethic persists.
These large number of features makes Sam’s Throne and the surrounding areas an excellent place for beginners. Most routes are in the 5.7 to 5.10 range and are easily top roped.
To get to “Sam’s Throne,” you head through the small town of Mt. Judea (pronounced Judy) and turn south on Arkansas State Highway 123.
Hwy 123 is very steep and have many switchbacks…you the curves, the ones where you “can turn around and kiss you ass!”
Just click below to see a wonderful slide show of Sam’s Throne. My husband and I went hiking all over Sam’s Throne last year and it was wonderful. We only live about 8 miles from it. I am very lucky to live where I do in the beautiful Ozark Mountains!