Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 16, 2014 - 3:54pm

Entering into the latter part of the evening, with the rain not letting up, camping was not going to happen. Instead we decided to book it to Amarillo, TX through the night. Rachel pulled up to Palo Duro Canyon State Park around 3AM with me snuggled up in the passenger seat. The rain had let up by this time, but the wind was roaring, still. Little did we know that the strong winter-spring desert winds would be our close frenemy over the next two days.

Devil's Den State Park, AR and OKC

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 15, 2014 - 4:28pm

We got our first real hike in at Devil's Den, particularly on the Yellow Rock Overlook trail which boasts a beautiful and expansive view over the Ozark mountains, valleys and cliffs. Yellow Rock is just one of many popular trails in the park.

To get to our campsite we had to hike about a half mile with our gear for the night, including a brief yet chilly wade through a stream.

Mississippi River State Park, AR

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 14, 2014 - 4:07pm

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 
Now we embark on our great adventure west. We left Nashville in our little red car on I-40 for our first stop at Mississippi River State Park in Arkansas. Getting there was an adventure itself. After falling victim to some silly rookie mistakes such as almost running out of gas in rural Arkansas, and losing cell service before actually knowing the specific location of the campsite, we hardly anticipated the 7 miles of large cut gravel road leading there. Still, we made it, though I think the car will need a bath by the end of the trip.