Get a new perspective on Arkansas and the world! "Exploring Arkansas" is joining "Nature" and "NOVA" on Think Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Before coming to AETN, Chuck Dovish was mainly known for his "Travelin' Arkansas" segments which aired on KTHV-Channel 11 for more than 25 years. Since October of 2005, Chuck has been producing and hosting "Exploring Arkansas" which showcases all the high adventure the Natural State has to offer. This one-of-a-kind program features the most breathtaking and spectacular sights in Arkansas. There's extreme adventure like hang gliding, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, wild caving and not to mention some of Arkansas's best kept secrets such as secluded and scenic waterfalls.
Chuck has been exploring Arkansas for more than 40 years and continues to surprise and entertain viewers with his sights and subjects. His philosophy throughout the years has always been to illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas, in addition to conservation and preservation of the pristine outdoors of the Natural State. Exploring Arkansas was the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club Conservation Award. Chuck says he's always trying to promote our great state in any way, shape or form that he can.
5/3 Cadron Settlement Park, Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine, Monte Ne, Grassy Lake Water Trail
Cadron Settlement was the first permanent white settlement in central Arkansas. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River west of Conway, it was a French trading post and part of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Northeast of Mount Ida --the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, is the Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine – one of several mines in the area, where digging for quartz is a rock hound's paradise. The remnants of the lost resort town of Monte Ne beneath the waters of Beaver Lake near Rogers can be explored when water levels are low. The 3.3 mile water trail throughout Grassy Lake in Bell Slough WMA near Mayflower offers a cypress-tupelo adventure with plenty of wildlife.
5/10 Museum of Native American History, White River Monster, Possum Kingdom Trail, Gilbert
The Museum of Native American Histoy in Bentonville is a collection, according to many visitors- rivals that of the Smithsonian with artifacts from 14,000 years ago. The "White River Monster" hasn't been sighted since the early 1970's, but its legend continues in the Newport area. The Possum Kingdom Trail north of Lake Ouachita in the Ouachita National Forest offers mountain biking opportunities on gravel, paved and unsurfaced road types. The self-proclaimed-"Coolest Town in Arkansas" (coldest place on average) happens to be Gilbert near the banks of the Buffalo National River. The town and the General Store haven't changed much since 1901
5/17 Mt. Nebo Waterfall, Hardy, Granny Henderson
Mount Nebo near Dardanelle has always been a popular launching area for hang glider pilots. But, not too many folks are aware of the cascade and waterfall that can be explored by hiking one of the several trails. The town of Hardy boasts as being the smallest town in Arkansas with an official Main Street program. (population 720) Forty-one buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. First getting national attention in National Geographic magazine in 1979, Eva "Granny" Henderson who lived by herself along the Buffalo National River, became everyone's granny after the article was published. During this segment, we hike to her homestead with an author who recollects his visit with Granny back during the 1970's.
5/24 USS Razorback, B-17, WWII Amphibian Ducks
Named after a whale and not the Arkansas Razorbacks – the submarine called the "Razorback" is quite an enlightening experience into the "silent service" of WW II. Tours of it are provided daily at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock. Our tour is with a crewmember who knew the sub all too well. The B-17 "Flying Fortress" was one of the most famous planes ever built. The legacy it left behind is unmatched in aviation history. The so-called amphibian duck boats were used in most of the major battles during WW II, including D-Day. They now serve as tourist attraction rides in quite a few cities, including Hot Springs. The duck boats' transformation from a military vehicle to a tourist ride, is quite the story.
5/31—(Re-air of May 3)