Rock House Cave: Petit Jean State Park
I'm certainly not a photographer, but here are a few shots from Rock House Cave at Petit Jean State Park. If you're passing by Morrilton and have an extra hour to spare, this is the place to stop.
I showed up with a longboard hoping to skate Osage Park and left with a totally new hobby.
The new season of distance skating challenges through the IDSA (International Distance Skateboarding Association) were launching in late spring/early summer and I thought I'd try a new park out for the 2 km sprint challenge. Osage Park had come to my attention as one of the newest options available and I decided to try it out.
I parked my car, grabbed my helmet and board and made my way toward the wetlands featured in the park. I was looking for a reasonably flat, straight patch that I could skate for 1 km before turning around to skate back. As I walked in I noticed a family sitting on a dock, fishing poles in hands, casting and waiting for a fish to bite.
I hadn't fished since a trip to South Park in Holdrege, Nebraska as an elementary school kid. I'd always wanted to try it again, but a) didn't no where to start and b) felt like it would take time away from other activities (I have far too many hobbies).
I took off on my board, careful to avoid walkers using the trail and set off to find my 1 km spot. Unfortunately, I found out quickly that the wetlands trails have lots of bridge-like walkways and they were made of wood. Wooden slats and longboard wheels make for a very loud, crunchy ride. Add in any wetness and you have a slick, loud, crunchy ride. Osage Park was officially off my longboard list.
I couldn't, however, get the idea of fishing the little lake area out of my mind. As much as I'd try to avoid it, I had a new hobby.
I bought a fishing pole (well, two of them) some hooks, bobbers, and bait and headed back to Osage Park. Early mornings have been nice to learn a new craft. There aren't many people around just some walkers, staff working to keep the park looking nice, and folks using the pickle ball courts (pickle ball is very popular around here). There is a small food truck court including one place serving breakfast/coffee as well as a large pavilion and, I've heard, a cherry grove (I haven't seen that).
I understand there is also an archery range, and I really want to check it out, but I need to get better at fishing first (one thing at a time....maybe?!).
David Thornton is a two time national award winning writer, chef, husband, father, and fitness enthusiast.