Posted by: millspaw | April 30, 2015

A Grand Adventure to the Grand Canyon: Day 20 and 21

April 22, 2015

Devil’s Den State Park

Winslow, Arkansas

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We made good time and arrived around 1:30 at Devil’s Den State Park. At registration we found out that a group had reserved the entire horse camp and we would have to drive down and see if they would be willing to let us have a spot.

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They immediately said that we were welcome and invited us to a “Meet and Greet” at 6:00, group trail ride tomorrow and supper. There are three trails here. Yellow is 4.5 miles and takes about 2 hours, Red is 7 miles and takes 4 hours and Green is 9 miles and takes 5 hours. Unfortunately, while I was grooming Oreo I found a soft tendon. She must have hurt herself in the Manzano Mountain Wilderness two days ago. I won’t be riding anywhere today and we will see about tomorrow.

Day 21: April 23, 2015

Devil’s Den State Park

Winslow, Arkansas

The people from the Northwest Arkansas Cavalcade are the nicest people. Oreo’s tendon had cooled down and we were able to ride with the NAC. They took us on an organized trail ride today. We were to all meet at the camp sign at 9:00. While we were waiting, a horse spooked, started bucking and ran over its owner. The poor man had to be taken to the emergency room. We heard later that he would be operated on tomorrow for a badly broken upper leg. Our prayers are with him.

We got the trail ride underway at 9:30. Half way through we stopped and sat on rocks to eat our lunch. A lot shared horse stories from the past.

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When we got back to camp, I wanted to go to the laundry since it had been 10 days since I did the wash. One of the members saw us about to unhook our motorhome so that we could drive the mile or so to the laundry, he insisted we take his truck. These are some of the nicest people around

Later at suppertime, the club had a big tureen dinner and invited us to attend. The trail boss presented us with a light that he made for camping using a plastic container, bulb and cord.

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By the end of the dinner Dan and I decided to become official members of the Northwest Arkansas Cavalcade. They meet at Devil’s Den three times a year. The next meeting is in June and then in October. We hope to be back for the October ride this fall.

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