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Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas: July 2018”

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Exploring a crevasse wonderland, rafting on the Mulberry, strumming on a few cowboy guitars; floating on a Nature Conservancy preserve and taking a look back on the Lake Conway monster mystery – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on July 4!

It looks like an area that you’d stumble upon out West: deep crevasses with towering rock walls on both sides. This eerie location is along the Long Ridge Middle Bloyd sandstone formation in the Ozark National Forest south of Jasper. Getting to this spot is a different story! Our “Exploring Arkansas” vehicle was almost swallowed up by a gigantic mudhole!

Mulberry River Rafting

Floating the Mulberry River in a kayak or canoe is one thing, but rafting on it adds quite a different twist – especially in an oar raft! Our outing was held in conjunction on the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and the Mulberry is one of those designated rivers. The float was also in celebration of the restoration done by the Mulberry River Society on two access areas along the river.

Jacksonville Guitar Center Cowboy Guitars

If you ever browsed through a Sears catalog from the 30s or 40s, you may remember seeing a “cowboy guitar.”  These smaller size guitars were popular with kids at the time due to the singing cowboy shows and Westerns that were on Saturday mornings. Well, a collector in Jacksonville has one of the more extensive collections of cowboy guitars in the country. But wait, there’s more! He also has an elaborate collection of cartoon character guitars!

Exploring Arknasas Nature Conservancy Ranch North Woods Preserve

Ranch North Woods Preserve is a hidden gem along the Little Maumelle River near Pinnacle Mountain State Park in west Little Rock. In keeping with its tradition of “saving the last great places on earth,” The Nature Conservancy now owns and manages it for future generations to enjoy.

It was in 1952 when a fisherman on Lake Conway described what was to be the whopper of all fish tales – a strange ‘thing’ that became entangled in his trotline. The description was “frog-like skin, webbed hands and a head resembling a monkey.” The “thing” later became known nationwide as the Lake Conway Monster, and it was quite possibly the inspiration for the Hollywood 3-D thriller “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

See the rest of the story during the July 4 “Exploring Arkansas” thriller at 6:30 p.m.!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

“Exploring Arkansas,” 6:30 p.m.