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Petit Jean State Park

    • Petit Jean State Park

      Too busy and a stll pretty warm for any weekend hikes on the Ozark Highland Trail, so last Saturday I went to Petit Jean State Park. Several different trails, but I usually do the 12 mile Boy Scout Trail. Named after Winthrop Rockefeller Jr who was the son of former Governor and great grandson of the legendary John Rockefeller of Standard Oil. Met him at some Boy Scout events, and he was ready to move from Lt Govenor until he had terminal cancer. Interesting side note is when he did not Governot, guy who house I walk by most mornings leapfrogged from Attorney General to Govenor.

      Got a later start than intended so ended of varying things a little and did 10 miles. Around 6 trails altogether and easy to mix them together. Interesting old logs stacked at beginning perhaps for a group to sit on? With the recent flash floods I knew the water would be flowing.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Decided to eat lunch on the turtle rocks. The places on the trail near parking lots you naturally see more people.

      Not too far from the turtle rocks is rock hose cave.

      Also included a picture of cactus.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Some views off the cliffs.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Some interesting things. These rocks make it easier to cross this creek. In the past I have had to ford it.
      The blowdown shows a tree where the roots had grown around a rock.
      There were quite a few blowdowns, and one of them I cleared the log but caught my leg on where a limb had brokrn off.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • More waterfall pictures, unfortunately the trail that leads right up to the big cedar falls was closed.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Probably an Eagle Scout project, but they significantly improved the blazes. Neat how when two trails run together like ted and white.

      Also lots of rock stairs built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the depression.
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      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General