Wed. 5/29/13… I woke up,, made coffee and sat outside listening to the birds. What a great way to start the day. That was around 6am. Diane woke up around 7 I think and we got our day going.
After breakfast we took Jack for a 1.5 mile walk,, well they walked and I rode the bike. That was enough to tucker Jack out which allowed us to take off for a couple hikes we had planned.
The first trail we wanted to walk was to the base of the Cedar Falls. Now mind you that I knew full well were the trail head was but for some reason Diane thought she did as well and we headed to the Cedar Falls Overlook and started in.
The beginning of the trail was a nice boardwalk through the trees that took us to a ,, well,, overlook. From there it just wasn’t clear where we would go to get WAY down to the falls but we were determined so we found a opening in the trees and headed on.
It turned out that the trail turned into a strenuous trail which is what the trail that takes you to the falls is described as in the brochures we have read so we thought we were headed in the right direction. But as it turned out we was on the wrong trail to begin with. Not only that but we switched over to another trail without even knowing LOL!!! Sometimes I think we shouldn’t be allowed out by ourselves LOL!!
But to be honest a lot of the trails intersect with each other so it could happen to ANYONE!!! Really it could!!
After we meandered around aimlessly long enough and it was obvious that we was NOT going to get to the falls from this area we headed back up to the Jeep and headed out for another trail.
The trail we headed to was the Rock House Cave Trail. It was a short and very easy trail that lead us through a area that was full of what they call Turtle Rocks.
Turtle Rocks are caused by spheroidal, zonal or “lisengang” weathering. Where for millions of years ground water has percolated down through the crevices, cracks and cross-bedding causing oxidation of iron and other heavy minerals in the sandstone.
Rock House Cave really isn’t a cave at all, but a huge rock shelter. Rock house contains evidence Native Americans once lived in the area on or near Petit Jean Mountain many years ago.
After Rock House we headed home for a bite to eat and some kick back time. But on the way we decided to continue down the road to the Outpost and pick up some milk. The Outpost is a very small store just outside the park boundaries that we were told MIGHT have milk,,, and they did. And as it turned out they make fudge!! So of course we had to by just a little.
After we kicked back and relaxed for a while we BBQ’ed up some pork chops and then decided to go for our evening walk which took us down to Lake Bailey. It’s a nice lake and you can rent boats if you would like.
What a good day. A bit humid but nice. I think we are getting into the parts of the country that I could shower twice a day and still feel like it’s not enough.