In Search of Wildman Falls

A few weeks ago, Kurt and I went waterfall hunting near Mount Magazine, and I have to say that I was pretty excited about it.  Due to lots of family activities and bad weekend weather, our hiking trips had been minimal.  Finally, a free Saturday morning to get out in nature and explore some uncharted territory!  Moreover, a mere one mile hike was going to take us to a new, serene vista in the Ozarks, Wildman Twin Falls!

The thing about waterfall hunting in Arkansas is that, even though there may be somewhat explicit instructions on the internet, or even in our favorite waterfall guidebook, Tim Ernst’s Arkansas Waterfalls, once out in the woods, it may be hard to decipher which four wheeler trail to take, exactly where to cross a creek, or precisely when to shimmy down to the hollow.  Couple that with the fact that, even though the trusty GPS is readily in hand, perhaps its user entered the wrong coordinates.

Yes, even in my perfect world, human error occurs practically daily!

So a thirty minute hike led to, not a one, or a two, but a four plus hour trek through some pretty tough terrain.  We never found the waterfall, so, as we made our way back to the car, we decided to take some time and photograph what we actually did see….

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….lots of interesting, raindrop covered spring foliage….

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…a small gift for withstanding the arduous journey of the day!  It was a fantastic area to perch on a comfortable rock, take in the surroundings, and breathe in some clean mountain air!

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When we got back to the car, we were both a bit scratched up from the briers, soaked from wet vegetation, and our bodies were fatigued from the strenuous trek.  Many would consider this hike a “dismal fail”; however, I see it as a success, a testimony that lemonade can indeed be made from lemons, or, in our case, that great shots can come from mere droplets of water!

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