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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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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Thru-Hiker-Dog Completes the Ozark Highlands Trail

Saturday, March 31, was our day to walk the few miles needed by Hiker-dog to complete the 180-mile Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT). Of course, the OHT keeps growing, but the first 165 miles qualify for thru-hiker bragging rights. Hiker-dog has walked or run every inch of the...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Lake Alma,

Navigating Icy Trails On Lake Alma in Arkansas

Years ago we asked my youngest daughter about vacation ideas. This young lady is now more widely traveled than her father, but at that time she named several options that we’d already visited. When asked why she liked these places, she said, “Because we’ve been...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks

Sauntering Through the Ozarks

Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! ~ John Muir Today was about checking my 4-mile adopted section of the Ozark Highlands Trail. I’d recently read the above John Muir quote and planned to...

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