|This portion of the Bayou Bluff was a gentle walk in the woods, it would get rougher once we got further into the site|
|Initially the site was developed as a Depression era CCC camp, these are the old tent cabins, like in Yosemite|
|Whitewater along the Illinois Bayou|
|A couple of the scenic vistas. Often there is no place to get out and take pictures of some of the more spectacular views|
|The trail down to the natural bridge got really rugged really quick, just beyond here|
So with time to kill, we ended up driving a spectacular, but long, loop along Scenic Byways 7 and 21 with assists from highways 16, 62 and 65. It was a lot of driving, but the roads were great and, feeling badly that she had not been able to walk more, Sharon let me drive at about 7/10 (as opposed to the usual 4/10) on the way home. The roads were not just scenic, but beautifully engineered. In about 250 miles I came across just one reverse camber decreasing radius curve. For the rest of it I was limited mostly by my skills and conditions like traffic.
We finished up the day with dinner at the Old South Restaurant which was exactly what you would think from the name. This is not a retro diner, it is a diner. The fried chicken was to die for. Nothing fancy about the pecan pie, but good. Sharon’s fish was not the sort of thing they do, good but not super.
On Saturday we will go to south to the Ouchita National Forest, Mount Nebo and Mount Magazine and, hopefully, choose our trails more carefully.