Bookish

An Indie Bookstore for Folks Who Read

It’s hip! It’s fun! But, there’s depth, too! Bookish is Fort Smith’s independent bookstore, owned and operated by a group of delightful ladies who are themselves, bookish through and through. As a bonus, they were excellent teachers, known for their ability to build strong relationships through the...

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Why We Need Our Independent Bookstores

Here in the River Valley, sandwiched between the Ouachita Mountains to the south and Ozarks to the north, we have the luxury of two wonderful indie bookstores. They’re each unique! You won’t find another Bookish or Chapters on Main anywhere else on the planet. Full disclosure: Both of these bookstores...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Menasha Ridge Press, Jim Warnock

A Rainy Hike on the Redding Loop in Arkansas

Hiker-dog and I needed a nice long dayhike. The expected rain began about one hour into our hike. The temperature hovered around 44-degrees. Just perfect! Dogwoods provided accents across the forest understory. I paused to take a photo of a single bloom, causing Hiker-dog to return...

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The Joys of Volunteering and Adopting a Trail

I’ve wanted to check my adopted section of the Ozark Highlands Trail for several months but life wouldn’t cooperate, so we were thankful for this time. I love this section and Hike-dog does, too. It was a crisp, clear day and water was running perfectly. Immediately,...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

The Urge for Hiking in the Winter

[caption id="attachment_5384" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ice crystals on the high ridge of Hare Mountain[/caption] I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down When the sun turns traitor cold And all the trees are shivering in...

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How to Prepare for Multi-Day Backpacking Trips

[caption id="attachment_5318" align="alignright" width="292"] Taking a short break with a light pack[/caption] A reader emailed several good questions while preparing for a backpacking trip on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. I enjoy responding to these type of inquiries and decided to write this post.  Many trip failures...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

The Gift of Writing in the Ozark Mountains

In November of 2012, I began this blog as an online scrapbook to record my adventures on the trails. I hoped it would help solidify memories of good times and lessons learned. It has more than fulfilled this wish. Sometimes I skim back through posts...

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Leave No Trace, Lake Alma Trail, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

Advice for Litterbugs on the Trail

  The sight of trash in the Ozarks sometimes interrupts my enjoyment of the walk. I try to contain my emotional response to seeing an abandoned cup, because it confuses Hiker-dog. She’s always happy in the woods and worries if I’m not enjoying my time, too. I’ve...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Chapters on Main

The Magic of a Local Bookstore

My love for local bookstores was solidified during college when I worked at Adams Bookstore in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Mr. Adams was like a mentor to me during that time. I wrote about his influence during those crucial years in another post.   In 2016, I learned of...

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Ouachita Trail, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

Hiking the Remainder of the Ouachita Trail

Bob and I walked the first 160 miles of the Ouachita (Wash’-i-taw) Trail before and after Christmas, so only the last 63 miles stood between us and completing our thru-hike. Several things occurred to keep us from getting back out there, but May 2-6 was...

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