Arkansas

Day 159 / Mile 18,900 

Ohio was fun, playing as if I was an archeologist studying the facades of abandoned ruins throughout the city. It would be cool to go back with a partner and have somebody watching my back in those dangerous environments. Next time I suppose.

Going towards Arkansas I was leaving the established metropolitan areas and going into the beautiful Ozarks. I had to hop a couple states first, but was really excited for some nature again.

 

 I passed through  Illinois again , but since I already visited the state I kept on truckin'.

I passed through Illinois again, but since I already visited the state I kept on truckin'.

 Another quick pass  through Missouri  and over the mighty Mississippi River one more time.

Another quick pass through Missouri and over the mighty Mississippi River one more time.

 Friend or foe???

Friend or foe???

 Let's see number 1!

Let's see number 1!

 I stocked up for the 4th of July with some of the good stuff, none of those snakes and sparklers at my celebration!

I stocked up for the 4th of July with some of the good stuff, none of those snakes and sparklers at my celebration!

 I poured a sip out for this fallen soldier. Poor Westy...

I poured a sip out for this fallen soldier. Poor Westy...

 Gluten free, organic, and all natural Arkansas. 

Gluten free, organic, and all natural Arkansas. 

 My jaw dropped when I saw this. I'm considering placing an ad on the billboard above, stating- "It's ok to love your people, just love outside your immediate family. www.StopIncest.com"

My jaw dropped when I saw this. I'm considering placing an ad on the billboard above, stating- "It's ok to love your people, just love outside your immediate family. www.StopIncest.com"

 What's his number, I have questions?!?!

What's his number, I have questions?!?!

 Where is he, I still have questions?!?!

Where is he, I still have questions?!?!

 This place looked cool to explore, but unfortunately there were workers roaming around

This place looked cool to explore, but unfortunately there were workers roaming around

 I parked my van down by the river, and showed up just in time to watch this cliff jump.

I parked my van down by the river, and showed up just in time to watch this cliff jump.

My friend Gabe L'heureux gave a tip to visit Eden Falls, where he recently did a photoshoot for Burton. I mapped out the location and it happened to be right on my route. He said there were some cool caves, but didn't have the time to really check them out. I felt obliged to get some pics for him.

 This cool little cave got me warmed up for the main spot further along the creek.

This cool little cave got me warmed up for the main spot further along the creek.

 I wasn't expecting the level of spelunking required to get to the prized spot 200' back in the cave. I had to take my pack off and squeeze sideways through these extremely tight walls, and luckily I alway have a headlamp since there is zero natural light in here as well.

I wasn't expecting the level of spelunking required to get to the prized spot 200' back in the cave. I had to take my pack off and squeeze sideways through these extremely tight walls, and luckily I alway have a headlamp since there is zero natural light in here as well.

 Another section you have to crawl along next to the stream. I passed these little adventurers on their way out.

Another section you have to crawl along next to the stream. I passed these little adventurers on their way out.

 At the end of the cave is this insane 35' tall waterfall! To be able to make this pic, I opened the shutter for 10 seconds and had to wave my headlamp around to expose the full photo. I couldn't light the actual water falling from my angle without walking into the shot, but I still really like this.

At the end of the cave is this insane 35' tall waterfall! To be able to make this pic, I opened the shutter for 10 seconds and had to wave my headlamp around to expose the full photo. I couldn't light the actual water falling from my angle without walking into the shot, but I still really like this.

 I saw a few bats in there too. This one was only a foot from my head when I walked by...

I saw a few bats in there too. This one was only a foot from my head when I walked by...

 Dracula almost bit my neck!

Dracula almost bit my neck!

 Out on the backcountry road towards Whitaker Point I rolled up on a motorcycle crash near a steep hill. A man with his wife on the back lost his rear brakes and slid out on a gravely corner. He was shredded, and luckily I had a first aid kit to help patch him up. She was banged up too but was had leathers and a helmet on. I'm sure he'll never hear the end of it.

Out on the backcountry road towards Whitaker Point I rolled up on a motorcycle crash near a steep hill. A man with his wife on the back lost his rear brakes and slid out on a gravely corner. He was shredded, and luckily I had a first aid kit to help patch him up. She was banged up too but was had leathers and a helmet on. I'm sure he'll never hear the end of it.

 Hiking out to Hawksbill Crag was great, perfect weather and this amazing view. 

Hiking out to Hawksbill Crag was great, perfect weather and this amazing view. 

 Alternate angle with the last light just hitting the tip. 

Alternate angle with the last light just hitting the tip. 

 I love seeing signs with classic simple designs, it fills me with joy...

I love seeing signs with classic simple designs, it fills me with joy...

 These colors!

These colors!

 Over the centuries this creek's flow has drilled a hole straight through the rock- NEATURE.

Over the centuries this creek's flow has drilled a hole straight through the rock- NEATURE.

 They call this place "Glory Hole Falls". 

They call this place "Glory Hole Falls". 

Next stop is the most toxic town in America. Wish me luck.