Sunday, April 7, 2013
Little Missouri Picnic
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day. We decided to take a picnic and go to Little Missouri Falls. It is quite a long drive over rough gravel roads to get to the Falls. Although the road was in very bad condition it was a beautiful drive. This past week there has been a lot of rain. Along the road we came across this small man made dam that we had never noticed before.
At the parking area for the falls there is a very nice picnic area along the banks of the Little Missouri River. My parents and my sister and her daughters went with us. We had a very nice picnic even though the wind was blowing briskly.
The Little Missouri River plunges through a cleavage creating a spectacular waterfall during periods of high water. Then it tumbles over a series of natural rock dams 2 to 4 feet high, intermixed with relatively quiet pools. then it continues as a cascade for several hundred more yards. From the picnic area there is a foot bridge across the river that takes you to a half mile, out-and-back trail with a few steep grades. The trail climbs a series of steep steps to the edge of the cliffs overlooking the river. From here you have a great view of the area above the falls.
There were no dogwoods in bloom yet, but there were some redbuds and wildflowers.
We had a lovely afternoon, a great picnic, and it was good to get to spend time with family.