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Posted in Caves and Waterfalls, Mountain Scenery, mountains, The River, Weather, tagged Arkansas, Boston Mountains, Buffalo River, color change, parthenon, ponca, rain on October 13, 2014| Leave a Comment »
We have accumulated 6.85 inches of rain here in the mountains during the past 2 and 1/2 days. I left at 9 AM and got a photo from AR 327. This is unusual for October, usually our nicest month temperature and precipitation wise. The Buffalo River at Ponca is 6″ over the bridge and rising fast. On the way back from Ponca, I got into some clear skies and took the 2nd photo but more thundershowers are on the way. The trees in the Bostons are still mostly green so a few weeks are needed yet for full color.
Posted in Caves and Waterfalls, Mountain Scenery, The River, Weather, tagged above Boxley, Arkansas, boxley, Buffalo River, Experienced and talented boaters, Hailstone run, only, upper buffalo river, upper buffalo wilderness, wilderness character on May 14, 2014| 2 Comments »
These photos were taken 2 years ago during a late May rise on the upper Buffalo River. They were taken with a Canon S95 Point and Shoot camera, from Hedges Pour-off. I think they show the wilderness character and the high gradient of the river above Boxley, Arkansas. It is a beautiful float trip for only the most experienced boaters due to limited access for about 20+ miles of Class II to
ocassionally Class IV whitewater. It should not be attempted alone by anyone.
With the river coming up now, this coming weekend may create a chance for EXPERIENCED ONLY boaters.
I have included some photos of a pour-off of Roark Bluff (250-300 feet high), the crossing at Ponca, Arkansas, and one of many harems of Elk nervous about the rising water and contemplating jumping a fence on State Highway 43:
Posted in Caves and Waterfalls, General, Mountain Scenery, mountains, tagged Alum Cove, Boston Mountains, deer arkansas, natural bridge, Newton County, parthenon, The Natural Bridge, trail on March 15, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Alum Cove is a Natural Bridge about 2/3 of the way between Parthenon and Deer in Newton County off Highway 327, AR; about 6 miles south of my home. I made a few daytime trips there last October but never really caught the colors changing the way I have seen them there before. The Natural Bridge is on upper Shop Creek about 7 river miles above Parthenon.
It is well worth the time to view this natural wonder. Bears can be an issue, so you need to check the Arkansas Fish and Game and US Forest Service bulletins. It is an easy hike around a picturesque valley with the Natural Bridge and blued with caves across the Shop Creek valley but there are plenty of places to slip, loose your footing and fall – so use caution hiking; all in all it is about 1.5 miles round trip by a well marked loop.
Posted in Caves and Waterfalls, General, mountains, The River, Weather, tagged Arkansas, Boston Mountain, Buffalo River, floatable at Ppnca to Kyles, flooding, illinois bayou, moderate rain, mountain streams, upper buffalo on August 13, 2013| Leave a Comment »
This has been a most unusual August ! Seven and one half inches of rain since August 1. We really needed the rain to help refill our water table and that rain has dropped us out of the mild drought category to near normal category, for the year. We got 3 inches in one long train fo thunderstorms on saturday morning. No Severe weather, just moderate rain over several hours, maybe heavy at times. The Buffalo River rose to about 3 feet over the Ponca Bridge by sunday morning (reading an astounding 11 feet), but was floatable from previous rains on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This has not happened in August for 40+ years.
Today, the river has 8″ of airspace at the Ponca Bridge and is floatable for Experts after being closed for a couple of days. I expect the upper Buffalo (Ponca to Kyles) to stay foatable for a week or more; because the water table is primed. Im going to try to get out on the water later this week. All the Boston Mountain streams are floatable; the War Eagle, Kings, Mulberry, and the Piney Creek, and the Illinois Bayou and even Richland Creek and may stay that way for a week or so. It is raining again now and we are expecting 1/2 to 1 inch today and tonight, then a stretch of cool dry weather (highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s) for about 5 days.
Got some grass cutting to do !!!!!!!!
Also; I am Posting a Youtube clip taken Sunday morning of the Buffalo River at the Popnca Bridge (property of the Buffalo Outdoor Center):