Odyssey in the Ozarks: A Unique Outdoor Adventure in Arkansas
Before Ashley and I were thrown together in college, the idea of going to Arkansas was more foreign to me than traveling to most countries around the globe. An avid hiker, I had heard of the Ozarks, but they were so far down my bucket list, behind places in the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas, that I hadn’t given them much thought until this summer, when the opportunity arose to attend a conference in Little Rock.
I couldn’t quell my curiosity about Ashley’s home state and decided to make the trip. Arriving in the wake of massive flooding and temperatures in the 90s, I never climbed a mountain in Arkansas, but I had a number of memorable outdoor experiences, starting at the Potlatch Conservation Education Center (PCEC).
Story and photos by Lisa Ballard