Devil's Den State Park, AR and OKC

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Daniel Shyles

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.


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Just a quick wade


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Hiking into the campsite beyond the stream

Since we're traveling we tend to arrive at each site in the later part of the day, so it's essentially setup, get a fire going if the park allows, and chill out. Then the next morning is exploring time.


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After a quick setup I broke out the Eno hammock for a bit of studying in the woods


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Another of Rachel's delicious campfire creations. Mozzarella and quinoa stuffed pablanos with a kale, blackberry and honey salad. Nom nom.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

A new day means hiking. Our first real hike of the trip... one of many! Our sights are set on the Yellow Rock trail to see some nice views. We were not disappointed. The trail is a moderate three mile hike (round trip), easily undertaken by kids and adults with a mild change in elevation of 300 feet (Pfft!).


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Starting out in the gorge for a hike up the mountain


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That's a crack!


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Cold air cave


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Crevasses and caves everywhere


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Some zen tree sitting is fitting


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We made it! Quite a view...


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The precarious man

Our only qualm with the Yellow Rock and Devil's Den in general was that it was so popular. It would have been nice and a bit more epic to see it without as many folks around, but it was a Friday, spring break, and it's good to see people enjoying the park. Even so, we enjoyed our lunch while staring at this:


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That's a happy camper

Next stop, OoOoOoOoOoooOooOklahoma!

But first, a stop at a disheveled, though once loved home just outside of the park:


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Home sweet home


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Cozy

Plans change with the weather, and a foreboding rain shied us from camping to spending the day in Oklahoma City. OKC, from our brief stay, is a cool town with many a young folk around. We started off with our first non-camp food in Irma's Burger Shack... because why not? Irma's uses grass fed beef from No Name ranch in OK, which is OK by us. T'was good, but not as good as a Porter Road Butcher burger.


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That's a tasty burger! Nom.

What comes after a nice greasy burger? Cuppies and Joe, of course!


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I think I need some cuppies and joe. Double nom.

This place is a sweet little coffee sit-down with a nice selection of homemade cupcakes and dynamite coffee. Best cappuccino since Italy, I'd say. It took about fifteen minutes to make, but was well worth the wait. Nice atmosphere, free wifi, the whole shebang, including the hipsters.

Rain, rain, rain. We decided it would be best to continue our OKC refuge with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I thoroughly enjoyed it, by the way. Even better, we got to see it for $4. That's two bucks per ticket. Where? The only place I know where, is Northpark 7. Perfect.

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