Even though it is less than twenty miles from my house, yesterday was the first time I had explored the Caney Creek Wilderness Area. We were out for an afternoon ride on a beautiful day and ended up at Caney Creek. We had no destination in mind and were just exploring back roads.
The United States Congress designated the area of the Ouachita National Forest as Caney Creek Wilderness in 1975. The protected area consists of over 14,000 acres in this rugged portion of the Ouachita Mountains. Caney Creek and Short Creek flow through the wilderness area before joining the Cossatot River and are separated by steep ridges with stunning views.
We explored an area that is used as a swimming hole. The water was so clear that we could easily watch dozens of fish swimming in the area. I want to go back next summer with my granddaughters. I know they will love the area.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.