- Lake Party!
Come join us as we swim, sun, eat, drink... and then start it all over again! Details: We will meet at Chana's Corner gas station and caravan to Sue and Jack's dock. Look for Erin and Roger in a black Toyota Highlander. Please note the drive to the dock involves dirt roads, so you may wish to drive a vehicle with a higher ground clearance or carpool with a friend. Additionally, the walk down the hill to the dock is not paved and a little steep, so you'll want to wear sturdy footwear. Come dressed in your swimsuit and bring the following: -Dish to share -Camp chair -Flotation device (the water is deep- you can't touch the bottom) -Towel -Sunscreen -Small cooler with water and other beverages of your choice -Change of clothes for the ride home Cost: FREE As always, participants do so at their own risk.
- Float Trip on the Kings River
One of the few remaining free-flowing rivers in the country, The Kings River in Arkansas begins in the Boston Mountains of the Ozark National Forest and flows Northward for more than 90 miles where it empties into Table Rock Lake at the Missouri State line. This family friendly river flows casually past massive rock bluffs, shady tree-lined banks, crystal clear pools, and sloping gravel bars. You will discover wonderful spots for swimming, picnicking, fishing, and observing wildlife. Ozark rivers and streams are also teaming with over 59 different native species of fish. Details: We will meet at King's River Outfitters and canoe or kayak the Kings River. This beginner-moderate float trip will take about 4-6 hours (depending on water levels and +/- time we stop for lunch, swimming, etc). **We will float the 8 mile stretch from Rock House to Eagle Roost Landing (which is private property owned by Kings River Outfitters). Water levels are a bit high and will be moving even in the deeper pools, but are considered safe and there is limited debris in the rivers.** You are responsible for providing your own food, beverages, sunscreen, and all other necessities. Adults only. Alcohol is allowed, but glass containers are not. We will abide by Leave No Trace ethics. You should not attend this event if you can’t swim. Cost for those renting a canoe or kayak: $75 per canoe (seats 2- $37.50/person)-or- $75 per kayak (seats 1) Includes life jackets, paddles, trash bag and shuttle service. You will pay King’s River Outfitters for your Rental Fee. If you plan to rent, please notify me by commenting on the event page. Rentals are limited! If you will be renting a canoe, you can choose who you want to ride with, or you will be paired with another single on the day of the event. If you are in a canoe, you will be responsible for half of the $75 fee. If we end up with an odd number of people, and no one volunteers to kayak alone, the last person to RSVP will need to rent a kayak. Cost for those bringing their own canoe or kayak: If you are bringing your own boat, I have negotiated a discounted rate for our group members to access the take out spot at Eagle Roost Landing (private property). You will pay King’s River Outfitters $10/person. State law requires that you have a life jacket for each member of your boat and a mesh trash bag. If you don't bring these items, you will have to rent them from King's River Outfitter and pay the additional costs. For More Info: King's River Outfitters: http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/ (http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/) Driving Directions to King's River Outfitters: http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/directions/ (http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/directions/) Safety Information: http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/safety/ (http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/safety/) Leave No Trace Ethics: http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/leave-no-trace-ethics/ (http://kingsriveroutfitters.com/leave-no-trace-ethics/) Participants do so at their own risk. If weather prevents this event, we will reschedule and leave all details the same.
- Go Fly a Kite!
We will meet at Bella Vista Park and fly kites! You will need to bring your kite, water, and sunscreen. Lunch Option: After this event, the group will proceed to lunch at Gusano's Pizza in Bella Vista! Cost: Meal of Your Choice As always, participants do so at their own risk.
- Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks- Orchid Show & Sale
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and the Orchid Society of the Ozarks hold an annual Orchid Show and Sale. There will be hundreds of plants in bloom to admire and purchase, and we can also tour the gardens! Cost: $7.00 per person. You will pay the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks directly. (All guests, including garden members, must pay admission to attend this special exhibit.) Lunch Option: Afterwards, the group will proceed to lunch at Noodles restaurant in Fayetteville. Cost: Meal of Your Choice As always, participants do so at their own risk.
- Tour of Lights, Dinner, and Ice Skating
The Bentonville Downtown Square has a pretty light display and has become our group's annual holiday tradition. Let's see them all, then have a spicy dinner to warm up, before we head back out to do some ice skating! Details: 6:00 We will meet on the Bentonville square to view the lights. 7:00 We will proceed to Table Mesa for dinner. 8:00 We will end at the Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink for ice skating. For safety reasons, they must limit the number of skaters on the ice. It is first come, first served- they do not accept reservations. If you wish to ensure you will be able to ice skate, please purchase your ticket in advance. To do that, you must go to the ice rink any time after noon on Sat, Dec 15, and purchase a ticket for the 8:00pm- 9:30pm window. Cost: Dinner- Meal of your Choice Ice Skating- $3 Entrance Fee + $2 Skate Rental Fee = $5. You will pay the Lawrence Ice Rink directly, and they accept cash or card. As always, participants do so at their own risk.
- Hike the Yellow Rock Trail at Devil's Den State Park + Picnic Lunch
Devil's Den State Park is an Arkansas icon. Nestled deep in an Ozark valley, Devil's Den connects you to picturesque Lee Creek Valley and the craftsmanship and conservation legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the "Tree Army" of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Devil's Den is the perfect blending together of nature and CCC-Rustic-style park architecture that mirrors its natural settings. We will meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00am, and then proceed to the trail head. On the Yellow Rock Trail, we will hike 3 miles (and 300 feet in elevation) to one of the best views in the park. Atop the Yellow Rock we will have an unobstructed view of the Lee Creek valley. Along the rest of the trail we will see cedar glades, interesting rock formations, and the first structure built in the park. This moderate hike will take approx. 2 hours. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes, and you may wish to bring a small bag or backpack for your water and camera so you don't have to carry them in your hands. Cost: Free! For paid group members, or those within their 30 Day Trial Period, there is no cost to attend the hike Picnic Lunch Option: After we finish the hike, we will proceed to the Pavilion Area for a picnic lunch. Bring your own lunch and a lawn chair in case all the picnic tables are full! (The park website states they have a food truck that accepts cash only, but the past few times we've depended on it for lunch it was closed or out of food!) For More Information: Devil's Den https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/ Driving Directions, Info and Park Map https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/!userfiles/pdfs/Devil%27s%20Den_2013%20PIB%20web.pdf Yellow Rock Trail https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/things-to-do/trails/yellow-rock-trail-171/#search As always, participants do so at their own risk.
- Guided Cemetery Tour
Don't miss this rare opportunity just in time for Halloween! Our tour will be led by Abby Burnett, an independent researcher who documents all aspects of burial across Arkansas and specifically in the Arkansas Ozarks. As seen in the Arkansas Education Television Network’s 2010 documentary, “Silent Storytellers,” Abby studies such subjects as long-lost funeral customs, unusual deaths, grave coverings, tombstone symbolism, epitaphs and the work of early tombstone carvers. She has also written numerous articles for historical societies, as well as seven entries for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture on such subjects as burial customs, tombstone carvers, cemeteries and early medicine. (An eighth entry, on human dissection, is pending.) We’ll visit the following cemeteries: Walnut Grove, Beechwoods Church, Low Gap and Jasper. We'll meet at the Kings River Country Store and caravan to the cemeteries for guided tours. You should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a light snack. This event is a joint event with NWA Hiking Group, and is hosted by Sue and Jack Mabry (Erin and Roger will be out of town). Cost: FREE. There is no cost for group members or those within their 60 Day Free Trail! As always, participants do so at their own risk.