Yesterday was such a beautiful spring day that we decided to go to Shady Lake. We had just purchased a new Garmin GPS, so we were trying it out. The closest way to Shady Lake is over mountainous unmaintained dirt Forest Service roads. When our GPS directed us to turn off of the road that we normally travel, we decided to see where it would take us. It took us on roads that we had never been on before, and many many miles out of our way. It took us an extra hour to reach Shady Lake, but the drive through the mountains was beautiful.
On our way back home, by our normal route not following our GPS, we stopped by Bard Springs. Bard Springs is a small primitive campground with Adirondack-type shelters in a remote mountain setting on a small scenic stream. The small dam and the buildings were built by the CCC around the same time as Shady Lake. Because it is so far off of the beaten track and the camping is primitive, there are not many visitors to Bard Springs.
On our drive and walks during the day we saw lots of wildflowers. The redbud and dogwood trees were blooming. It was an absolutely beautiful spring day.
Spring is my favorite time of the year. We had a lovely day drinking in the beauty of nature in the Ouachita Mountains.