February 21, 2012
Today I hiked Mount Magazine, the highest point in Arkansas! I also did part of Cove Lake near Paris, Arkansas. What a beautiful area! I had no idea there was such pristine loveliness in Arkansas. I suppose my homesickness for Virginia has clouded my judgement and perception of this place.
Tomorrow I am hiking the East Trail of Pinnacle Mountain just outside Little Rock. The East Trail is primitive and considered one of the toughest hikes in all of Arkansas. I am really nervous but exited at the same time.
This afternoon, we were driving around Cove Lake which is at the bottom of Mount Magazine. As we were going past a small stone shelter, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made me yell, "Shhhhhhh, go back!". Remember we're in a CAR. So he backs up (quietly?) and just as we get back to the place I wanted to see, the "main attraction" runs away. Here's what I saw: There was a fluffy grey squirrel dancing on his hind legs. Let me repeat that. There was a fluffy grey squirrel dancing on his hind legs. (No, I was not taking drugs.) The squirrel looked like he was "raising the roof", I kid you not. Like the ever elusive Bigfoot and Nellie, I could not snap a picture quite fast enough. Sadly, he stopped his funky dance moves and skampered away. You've just got to believe me.