Posted by: Jim E | October 16, 2011

Fall…Feed The Fish…Pinnacle State Park…Butterflies…

As we drank a cup of coffee this morning at our “sweet spot”…the trees here in Little Rock are just starting to turn…it will be a little while for them to get to peak color…maybe the first two weeks in November…I would imagine most leaves have dropped in the north…but maybe are just at their peak, it all depends on the weather, I guess…but it is close…today it is going to get into the 90’s, if you can imagine…a little hot this time of year, even for Little Rock…we have the A/C on…it pops on from time to time…though it isn’t real humid in October…tomorrow in the high 80’s or low 90’s…then the bottom drops out…into the 60’s for a few days…even down into the 40’s at night…that’s about right for me…moderate days and cool nights…makes for good sleeping, and good color on the trees…hope you are enjoying fall where you are…

Last week, we went out and fed the fish…most call it fishing…I would like to tell you we did that as well…but instead we just fed them…had lots of “bites” but no fish…we just had to be satisfied with feeding them…it still was fun…to get out in this beauty…we went to Pinnacle Mountain State Park…it is hard to believe yet…that we have a state park a few miles away…it is fun just to hop in the car and drive 5 miles and be in the park and fishing on the river…I will put a few pictures from the park interpretive center…they are wonderful…and the view from their deck is great, hundreds of feet above where we fished…that’s where the pictures come from…you can see there is some color…but not quite there yet…here is Jeremy and I, “fishing”…we are on the Big Maumelle River…

Okay, how about a little geography lesson…Pinnacle State Park has three rivers in and near the park…the Little and the Big Maumelle Rivers, and the Arkansas River…the two Maumelle’s are tributaries of the Arkansas…they run parallel to each other…the Little Maumelle begins in the Ouachita Mountains, west of Little Rock, near the small town of Ferndale…the Big Maumelle begins just north of that near Perryville…both of those rivers are fed by many small streams that come down from the Ouachita Mountains above them…the Arkansas River begins in the Rocky Mountains, near Leadville, Colorado…and flows southeast through parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and all of Arkansas…it passes by Pinnacle Mountain just to the north, and the Big and Little Maumelle Rivers pass either side of the mountain…and just a bit further south and east, they empty into the Arkansas…

The Big Maumelle River flows into the Arkansas just a few miles from Pinnacle Mountain…and the Little Maumelle flows into the Arkansas just north of Little Rock itself…at Two Rivers Park that I mentioned on a previous post…all three of these rivers are used for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating…you name it…and one more thing…the Big Maumelle River is the source of drinking water for Little Rock…just to the west of Pinnacle Mountain is Lake Maumelle…it is a large body of water…Judie, Jeremy and I fished there a few weeks ago…there is a dam on the Big Maumelle which forms Lake Maumelle…it is a beautiful lake and protected because it is the source of Little Rock drinking water…so there you have it…wish I had a map to show you how all this looks…

And like most of the rivers in the United States, these are all controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers…as with most rivers, before they were “controlled”, the Arkansas River was “up and down”…depending on the time of year, it may be at flood stage in the spring…or almost dry at the end of the summer or in the fall…there were many times where you could walk across the river…or ford the river in many places…but now, since it, and many other rivers in America are regulated, they try to keep it steady for river travel, commerce, transportation and recreation…and just the beauty and safety of rivers across the country makes it worthwhile…here is an aerial view of Two Rivers park…notice the I-430 bridge over the Arkansas River, on the bottom, and the new walking/biking bridge that crosses over the Little Maumelle River, that connects to the park…controlling the rivers may not be popular with some…but it sure makes for a beautiful place to live and visit…and not just here in Little Rock but all across this great land…

And one more thing on this beautiful Sunday afternoon…just to note…the Monarchs are rolling through…when I started out I talked about our “sweet spot” and having a cup of coffee…well, as we were there, Monarchs were floating and flitting on by…all heading south…migration is a God given thing…and on this beautiful Sunday…I don’t want it to go by…without giving praise to the One who did all of this…have a great Sunday…and rest of the week…   

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  1. thanks for this delightful account of your fall in Arkansas !!!

    • It is beautiful here in the fall…well, all year round…but can’t beat the looong fall…such wonderful weather, for such a long period…hey, the Monarchs are going to visit one of your boys…Matt, right???…in Mexico…there for a long winters break before coming back north…I don’t know how far they are from that “spot”…but it would be wonderful to see all those millions of Monarchs up in the trees…have a great day in China…

  2. It looks like beautiful country in Arkansas. October is my favorite month- I’ve seen some late-migrating Monarchs here this month, I hope they make it!

    • Colors are finally coming to Arkansas…still have all our leaves…they start falling the first part of November…but loving the weather…cool nights and warm days…love it…still seeing Monarchs too…thanks…


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