Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fun at Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

This was our view as we hiked along beside Cedar Creek, near Davies Bridge, at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. It's near the spot where we went Letterboxing and found a snake egg. Not quite what we were hunting, but still fun, nonetheless.
That's Mr. Studley standing next to the marker, probably contemplating how he'd like to live in a cave, and wondering how to convince me. Dream on Stud!
The cave is known as Rock House Cave. You can go inside and walk around with no ropes or barriers preventing you from getting up close to the paintings on the wall, which some archeologists suspect to be more than a thousand years old. Technically, it isn't a cave, at least not the likes of Carlsbad or other caverns which go deep into the underground. This is more of a shelter under a huge rock bluff. It's quite large inside, and goes back plenty deep enough that it's inhabitants would be completely sheltered from the weather.
The hike down to it from the nearby parking lot and road is easy enough for a healthy person, though I think it might be too much for an elderly person, or anyone who has trouble with their balance, as you have to climb over a fairly rocky area before getting to the trail leading down to the cave. I like to add little details like that for anyone who may Google about the park when considering a trip there. I do lots and lots of Googling before we travel. I don't like surprises....unless it's flowers..or chocolate...or a diamond ring...or....well, you get the picture.
Our view from atop Davies Bridge. I'm not sure if this little waterfall had a name or not. Cedar Falls was farther on down the creek. We didn't hike to it, though we did hike to the overlook above it. I took a picture of the falls from there, and will show it in a subsequent post. Picasa only lets me send four pictures to a blog post at one time. Drat.
This is one of my stepgrandsons posing in the cave. Is he a cutie, or what? I only add the 'step' in there so no one will think I'm old enough to have a grandson that age. Vain, aren't I?

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!
For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.

~Psalm 100:4-5 Amplified Bible


22 comments:

Carol said...

Renna!!! That first photo made me oohhh and aahh. I loved it. Then you talked about your trip and it just got better!! Glad you had such a great time. Looks like a fab place hike around in.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Renna, that looks just like the kind of thing our family would LOVE to do. To just think about touching a painting where someone stood to create 1,000 years ago. Wow! That is so neat.

And stepson is a darling. I bet all the young girls just swoon over those big brown eyes!

Smiles,
Lea

Isle Dance said...

Beautiful!

Tins and Treasures said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time. And your step grandson is "hot"...like the High School girls would say.

Nancy said...

I love taking adventure walks, but I don't do it much anymore. The cave reminds me of Jean Auel's book "The Shelters of Stone."

nikkicrumpet said...

Yes he's adorable! and it look like a lot of fun was had by all. I loved the photos...especially since I'll never see anywhere that comes accompanied by the word "hike". I figure if it has "hike" or "cook" attached...I'm out!

Claudia said...

Wow, looks like you had a great time! The pictures are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us. *hugs*

lindanuts said...

It looks like a fantastic trip. I love nature and history so it's right up my alley!
Pardon me, but are you trying to draw a younger audience? Young girls are going to go crazy over this picture! They will google for hot singles and his pic will pop up! Look out then!

Joansie said...

Awesome scenery. Thanks for sharing the pics. I'm glad you had such a great time!

amy said...

Renna, i wanna go there and explore the cave...i hope there's no bats..hehehe...my my, he is cute but i guess, he got his looks from you hehehe...keep blogging and more pictures please...i know you been off from blogworld to wander the wilderness hahaha..

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Well, can you believe I was raking leaves here at my garden home one block from the busiest street in town and came across a little snake (not a snake egg!) as I was lifting up and gathering leaves? I took the hose and hosed it on through the front gate. And hoped it went on the other direction! Yes, he is a cutie!
Brenda

Becoming Me said...

Wow..how gorgeous

A Servant of the King said...

What beautiful pictures. Thanks forsharing!!

Wool Winder said...

When I was a kid, I used to dream of living in a cave like that one. I just knew it would be fun to be outside all the time. I still love exploring nature, but I'm spoiled to modern conveniences like comfy beds, air conditioning, microwaves, etc. That's why a travel trailer trailer trip is so perfect. It's a portable cave with all the conveniences of home.

Tipper said...

Looks like you guys had a great time. I love love the cave shot.

Danaover40 said...

Renna, those are beautiful photos and they take me back to my childhood. My dad took me to this park years ago when we lived in OK. He worked for Amer. College Testing (ACT) and his territory was OK, AR, and TX. When he had business trips he would often take either me or my brother, and since he loved history we got an ear FULL. I remember learning the french word Petit, meaning small, when we traveled through this park.

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