I love Saturday mornings. I love the sun beaming through the window and the idea of abandoning all of our weekday routines for more adventure. I turn off my work emails and put all the to-do lists aside. I do more dreaming and exploring. I simply live for Saturdays.
We got lucky last Saturday with some amazing weather in the middle of January and we seized the opportunity to get in the car and explore. One of my most loved things about living in the northwest part of Arkansas is that my local bucket list is just overflowing with places to see and they are all within a day’s drive.
I grabbed our backpack, water bottles and put on my usual Saturday attire – workout pants, of course – and we headed out to one of the most beautiful trials in the state, Centerpoint to Goat Trail in Ponca, AR.
Every single time we set out for on a new hike, we are never disappointed. This state’s natural beauty is breathtaking. We knew we were in for the long haul on this one with a 1.5 hour drive to the trail head and a 3.5 mile walk to the view, but without hesitation we trekked on.
The hike began pretty easy as expected, after reading the reviews. It was a downhill, rocky hike with a little mud in places until we reached the bluffs. The bluffs lead us through it’s bending trees that grew on the side of the mountain. These trees were so neat the way they twisted and bent around the bluff. It was like walking through a fairy tale of sorts.
Once out of the trees, it opened up. The edge of the bluff led us along the entire side of the mountain overlooking a beautiful blue-green river. We walked the side of the bluff and exploring the little cave-like overlooks and even meeting a few campers who had stayed overnight. After taking in the view and of course grabbing a few photos, we headed back down.
Well sorta “down”. Oddly enough our 3.5 mile hike to the view was all downhill and now we had to hike back UP 3.5 miles to get back. Whew! That view and the full 7 mile trekk was more than worth it. It was everything we had hoped for our Saturday adventure.
This is what Saturdays were all about for us. The views, the irreplaceable experiences and the exploration of this beautiful earth that God gave us. If anything, I encourage you to make a local bucket list of your own. Our very own backyards are crawling with spectacular places and experiences just waiting on us to arrive.
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