Pam, Bridget and I got out for a nice walk...such a beautiful day and the area is spectacular with colors changing.
Later on in the afternoon, Pam decided to take Cody down to the creek for a swim, so I tagged along. We hopped into their side-by-side...and off we went...
Just after 10:30, Pat, Red and Steve headed out in Pat's truck...and Pam, Bridget and I went in Pam's jeep. We are going to Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a hike. On the way, we stopped at viewpoints along the way...great views!
Rich Mountain offers superlative views of the Ouachita Mountains. This windblown mountaintop often looks like the high reaches of the Smoky Mountains, with heavy fog and stunted, contorted hardwood trees. The attraction of this loop trail is an overlook on a high rock bluff with a sweeping view of the surrounding Ouachita National Forest.
Located atop Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak, Queen Wilhelmina offers some of the most breathtaking views in the state from the fully renovated lodge. Travel the Talimena National Scenic Byway to this park and its lofty setting. This site is as rich in history as it is in scenery. The original lodge was built in the late 1800s as a Victorian resort named Wilhelmina Inn to honor the young Queen of the Netherlands. Two inns followed the original “Castle in the Sky.” The latest inn is today’s park lodge, the crowning attraction at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. The 40-room lodge features a new look and many modern updates. Enjoy Southern cuisine and first-class hospitality in the Queen’s Restaurant.
However, the restaurant was jammed packed, so we decided to go back down the mountain and have lunch at the Branding Iron BBQ and Steakhouse in Mena.
The Mena Kansas City-Southern Depot is a historic railroad station on Sherwood Street in the center of Mena, Arkansas. It is a long single-story structure, built out of brick, with a tile roof and Mediterranean styling. It was built in 1920 by the Kansas City Southern Railway to designs by the company architect, T. C. Horstmann, and is one of the most elaborate surviving early-20th century railroad stations in the state. It is now owned by the city, and houses a local history museum and the local chamber of commerce. The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Tuesday was a cloudy day but fairly mild out. We went over to Red and Pam's and chatted with them and Bridget and Pat. A little while later, Pat and Bridget were ready to pull out...goodbye guys, wonderful getting a chance to see you again. Safe travels as you head back to Louisiana!
Steve decided to get started on the trailer hitch...replacing the glide pads. Red and Steve ended up having to go into town for replacement nuts and bolts...the old ones have rusted.
While he was doing that, I got caught up on budget recording and general banking stuff. And when Steve and Red got back, Pam invited us over for a bowl of leftover homemade clam chowder...from Kelly's recipe, and man it was delicious!
After chilling for the rest of the afternoon, we joined Red and Pam in the barn for happy hour and then Pam heated up leftover fish for fish tacos...gee, we sure are being fed well!