Camping at Devil’s Den

We made our annual spring camping trip to Arkansas and spent six nights at Devil’s Den State Park with Sally’s brother and his family. Our site was on the bank of Lee Creek, and we could hear the nearby rapids all night long.

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I’m not sure why the creek is light blue-green most of the time, but that’s its natural color.

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The weather for the first three days was hot and sunny. On the third night, a long thunderstorm rumbled through and cooled things off. It also left us with a swimming pool in the basement of our tent. We stayed dry because there were two plastic sheets, the tent bottom, a layer of canvas and thick air mattresses between us and the ground, but we had to take everything apart and dry it off on Wednesday. Fortunately, we had a sunny, breezy afternoon to do it in, so it only took us a couple hours.

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The creek was a different color — and a foot or so higher — for a day or so after the storm.

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Here’s the same stretch of creek before the rain. You can see how much the water rose by how much of the yellow grass along the far bank is exposed.

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Here’s the waterfall right after the storm and then a couple days later when Andrew and Lindy came down, when the water had regained most of its natural color.

 

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This bend in the creek is located about half a mile downstream from our campsite. The two shots are from approximately the same place, but in the second one I was standing on top of the bluff.

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Here’s the same bend from the other side.

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I spent most of Tuesday doing very little. I sat in this chair and read and watched birds flying along the creek. I even squeezed in a nap.

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