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Exploring Arkansas April 2013

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Mt Nebo Waterfall, Hardy, Granny
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 a 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, her homestead is revisited with another author who leaves behind a memorial for everyone visiting Granny's cabin.

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NAMED AFTER THE MOUNTAIN IN THE BIBLE FROM WHICH MOSES SAW A TRUE OF THE PROMISED LAND, MOUNT NEBO IS A POPULAR CAMPING DESTINATION.

THIS TIME WE DECIDED TO COME BACK AFTER A LATE WINTER GLAZE AND TAKE YOU DOWN TO THE MOUNT NEBO CASCADE AND WATER FALL. TO GET TO THE TRAIL HEAD AFTER REACHING THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, TURN LEFT AND THEN THE FIRST RIGHT WHICH WILL TAKE YOU DOWN TO THE GUM SPRINGS TRAIL PARKING AREA.

TO ACCESS THE WATER FALL, WE'RE GOING TO PARK DOWN THE GUM SPRINGS TRAIL. IT'S A BIT STRENUOUS, BUT WE ONLY HAVE TO GO DOWN IT FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES AND THEN WE'LL SEE SOMETHING SPECIAL.

AS SOON AS YOU BEGIN WALKING DOWN THE TRAIL, YOU'LL NOTICE THE CASCADE TO YOUR LEFT. THIS CASCADE TUMBLES DOWN ALL THE WAY ALONG THE TRAIL AND AFTER ABOUT 100 YARDS OR SO IT CREATES MOUNT NEBO FALLS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLUFF.

OUR GUM SPRINGS TRAIL IS ONE OF OUR MORE POPULAR TRAILS BECAUSE OF THE WATER FALL. THIS IS A REALLY POPULAR SIGHT THAT PEOPLE WANT TO HIKE IN AND SEE AND YOU CAN'T SEE FROM THE ROAD. YOU HAVE TO COME DOWN HERE AND EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF. UNFORTUNATELY NOT MANY PEOPLE COME IN THE WINTERTIME BECAUSE IT IS COLDER, BUT I DO ENJOY THE STARK BEAUTY THAT THIS PLACE HAS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. OTHER TIMES OF THE YEAR IN THE SPRINGTIME WHEN THESE RED BUDS AND SASSAFRAS ARE BLOOMING IT'S REALLY BEAUTIFUL. OUR WATER FALL IS SEASONAL SO IT DOES DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH PRECIPITATION WE GET TO FEED THE SPRING THAT KEEPS IT FLOWING, BUT IT DOES FLOW MOST OF THE YEAR. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, LOTS OF PEOPLE COME HERE AND HIKE AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO COME OUT AND SEE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THIS PLACE.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW WATER FALLS THAT YOU CAN EASILY GO UNDERNEATH. VERY FEW FOLKS EXPERIENCE THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WATER FALL.

YEAH. IT'S ONE OF THE REALLY NEAT THINGS ABOUT THIS LITTLE GRATO THAT OUR WATER FALL IS IN. IT'S REALLY ACCESSIBLE, REALLY FUN AND NEAT PLACE TO CHECK OUT AND TAKE SOME PHOTOS.

YEAH. IT'S A NEAT PLACE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FALLS.

IN THE SUMMERTIME WHEN IT'S HOT AND THE WATER FALL IS FLOWING, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE. IT'S LITTLE COOLER RIGHT NOW, BUT LATER ON IN THE YEAR THIS'LL BE GREAT.

WHICHEVER OF THE SEVEN TRAILS YOU DECIDE TO HIKE AT MOUNT NEBO, ONE THING IS A MUST. DO NOT LEAVE BEFORE ENJOYING ONE OF THE SPECTACULAR SUNSETS AT SUNSET POINT.

SITUATED NOT TOO FAR FROM THE BANKS OF THE SPRING RIVER IN NORTH ARKANSAS, THE TOWN OF HARDY BOASTS OF BEING THE SMALLEST TOWN IN ARKANSAS. POPULATION 742. THERE ARE SEVERAL HISTORIC BUILDINGS ON THE REGISTER HERE AND WE ARE GOING TO CHECK OUT A FEW. HERE INSIDE MEMORY LANE MALL IN HARDY I NOTICE SOMETHING IN THE WINDOW -- THIS TOY TRACTOR. WHEN I WAS A KID I HAD ONE EXACTLY LIKE THIS ONE AND I WISH I WOULD HAVE KEPT IT BECAUSE THE PRICE TAG IS 275 DOLLARS. ESTABLISHED IN 1880S AS A RAILROAD DOWN, DOWNTOWN HARDY HASN'T CHANGED THAT MUCH OVER THE YEARS. IT MAINTAINS AS A TINY MECCA FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS AND ANTIQUES.

THE OZARK ARTS AND CRAFTS MALL CELEBRATES IT'S 28TH ANNIVERSARY THIS JULY. WE HAVE OVER 100 LOCAL ARTISTS HERE AT THE MALL.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST SHOPS IN HARDY.

BACK BEFORE THE FLOOD, THIS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES THAT OPENED AND HAS BEEN AN ARTS AND CRAFTS MALL FOR YEARS NOW. WE DO EVERYTHING FROM QUILTING TO CANDLE MAKING TO WOOD WORKING. WE DO ALL SORTS OF SIGNS, PLAQUES, WORDS, THOUGHTS, ETCHING IN STONE, GLASS, MARBLE, YOU NAME IT, WE CAN DO IT.

EVEN A HARRY POTTER WAND. MARK'S CLAIM TO FAME IS SOMETHING CALLED A CALMING CROSS, WHICH ALSO DOUBLES AS A WOODEN ANGEL.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT ANGELS IN HEAVEN, THEY'RE NOT LIKE WE ARE. THEY'RE LITTLE FLOATING THINGS, WAIT FOR ASSIGNMENTS AND THEY COME DOWN AND HELP US. I'M A MAKER OF WOODEN ANGELS. I LAUGH ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME AND I JUST HAD A CALL FROM A WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND DIED WITH IT IN HER HANDS AND NOW SHE HAS IT. IT'S BEEN A REAL GOD SEND. IT REALLY HAS.

HAND CRAFTED QUITS -- QUILTS ARE A MAINSTAY AND YOU CAN FIND QUITE A FEW OF THEM TO PICK AND CHOOSE FROM. IN THE POTTERY SHOP WE FOUND LEANNE MADDOX THROWING A FEW WINNIE THE POO HONEY POTS.

I WENT TO COLLEGE TO MAJOR IN ART AND I JUST KINDA FELL IN LOVE WITH THE POTTERY MAKING PORTION OF IT. AND IT ACTUALLY CAME EASY TO ME AT THE TIME SO WE MIGHT TEND TO GO WITH WHAT WAS EASIER. AND I GUESS IN SOME WAYS I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD GO IN A PAINTING OR DRAWING, BUT MET MY HUSBAND THERE.

AND SO TELL US ABOUT THESE WINNIE THE POO HONEY POTS.

WELL, THEY CONTAIN HONEY AND I MAKE 'EM WITH A ROUND BELLY FOR JUST THE REASON THAT YOU SAID -- THAT YOU KINDA -- NOT ONLY IS THE SHAPE PLEASING, BUT IT DOES MAKE THEM MORE FUNCTIONAL TOO. THIS IS THE POT ITSELF. TOMORROW I'LL MAKE THE LID THAT WILL GO ON THERE, AND I'LL CUT A NOTCH IN THE LID TOMORROW SO YOU CAN PUT A HONEY DIPPER IN THERE.

IN THE DOLCEMER SHOP YOU CAN TRY OUT MANY KIND OF THEM. THERE'S ALSO THE HAMMERED DOLCEMER.      POPULAR IN THE OZARKS IS MOUNTAIN DOLCEMER HAS BEEN AROUND FOR QUITE SOME TIME.    THE MOUNTAIN DOLCEMER ORIGINATED IN APPALACHIA.

THEY CAME OUT OF THE APPALACHIANS AND I THINK PROBABLY THE CIVIL MORE WAS MORE INSTRUMENTAL THAN ANYTHING AT GETTING THEM AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN THE APPALACHIANS THEY CAME ACROSS THIS STRANGE INSTRUMENT. THEY'D TAKE 'EM HOME. HAD ONE ACCOUNT WHERE SOMEONE FROM MINNESOTA TOOK A PRINT WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE AND WENT HOME AND MADE HIMSELF ONE.

I GUESS THAT'S HOW THEY GOT INTO THE OZARKS. AND BRING IN ONE MORE -- THE BOW SULTRY, WHICH CAN BE TRACED BACK TO BIBLICAL TIMES.

HER NAME WAS EVA BARNES HENDERSON, BUT EVERYONE KNEW HER AS GRANNY. SHE WAS A LAST OF A BREED, WHICH IS PROBABLY WHY BACK IN THE LATE 70'S NATIONAL GEO DID AN ARTICLE ON HER WHEN SHE WAS LIVING ON BUFFALO RIVER. THE AUDIO RECORDING OF GRANNY IS FROM ANOTHER INTERVIEW WHEN SHE WAS INTERVIEWED ABOUT A SCHOOL BOOK PROJECT.

WONDER WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH THESE OLD HOUSES. TEAR 'EM DOWN?

THIS /SEG -- SEGMENT WAS ABOUT GRANNY'S CABIN, WHICH IS NOW CENTER POINT TRAIL.

OH WOW, YEAH, THE OLD STOVE. THE ORIGINAL WALLPAPER THAT SHE HAD IN THE HOUSE. THAT WAS ALL OVER THE WALLS. YOU SEE SOME OF IT OVER HERE. SHE HAD A PUMP ORGAN WHICH WAS OVER IN THIS CORNER, WHICH THE FAMILY OWNS, STILL HAS THAT. AND HER BED IS OVER IN THIS LOCATION RIGHT HERE. SHE WOULD TAKE VISITORS AND SHE HAD TWO ROCKING CHAIRS THAT WOULD SIT RIGHT HERE AND WOULD SIT THERE AND JUST TALK AND HOPEFULLY OVER THE CHICKENS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE COULD HEAR BACK HERE. IT WAS PRETTY LOUD SOMETIMES. BUT THIS WAS THE ENTRANCE I THINK SHE USED MOST. THAT WAS THE ONE THAT WHICH I'VE GOT SEVERAL PICTURES OF HER WRITING TO PEOPLE JUST PARKED RIGHT BESIDE THAT FRONT ENTRANCE. THE OTHER ROOM OVER HERE WAS THE KITCHEN. I'VE BEEN WANTING TO COME BACK DOWN HERE FOR 20, 30 SOME ODD YEARS. I DID NOT WANT TO DO IT ALONE BECAUSE, AS YOU CAN TELL BY THE HIKE COMING DOWN HERE, IT'S A CHALLENGING HIKE AND WHEN YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU'RE A LITTLE MORE MATURE, YOU'RE THINKING MORE WISER THAN YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE A KID. IT WAS A CHALLENGING ROAD THEN, IT'S EVEN MORE CHALLENGING NOW. BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON -- THIS IS GOING TO GET TO ME, BUT GRANNY HAD A SPECIAL EFFECT ON EVERYBODY, I GUESS.

YEAH. I MEAN SHE...

I WISH I KNEW HER.

WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN GRANDPARENTS AND THEY'RE ALL SPECIAL, BUT ANYBODY THAT EVER CAME DOWN HERE -- AND I WILL PUT THIS FORE FRONT -- THAT WAS NICE TO HER, SHE GAVE THAT BACK TO THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. SHE WAS EVERYBODY'S GRANDMOTHER. SHE KINDA LOOKED OVER YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE BEING LOOKED OVER, WHICH I FOUND THAT OUT. BUT SHE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO WELCOME PEOPLE. I'M NOT THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER HAVE MET HER. I WAS PROBABLY WAY BACK ON THE LIST SOMEWHERE. I JUST HAPPENED TO COME BY TOWARDS THE LATTER PART OF HER LIFE AND WAS FORTUNATE GNAT ENOUGH TO BE PART OF THAT, ALONG WITH SOME OF HER OTHER FRIENDSOTHER NOT A THREE WASH BOARDS. SHE HAD A GLASS ONE, SHE HAD A TIN ONE AND SHE HAD EITHER A BRASS OR COPPER ONE. ALL THREE OF 'EM HAD -- THEY DID CERTAIN THINGS. THE GLASS WAS FOR FINE THREADS, AND THE COPPER WAS FOR MEDIUM DIRT AND IF YOU HAD SOMETHING REALLY DIRTY IT WAS TIN.

THE LIFE THAT SHE LIVED HERE, PEOPLE WOULD SAY MY GOSH, THIS IS A HARD LIFE, BUT TO HER IT WASN'T.

NO. SHE LOVED IT. SHE LOVED IT. IN FACT, SHE HATED THE THOUGHT OF LEAVING HERE AND I THINK HER GRANDSON SAYS WE CAN BRING YOU BACK AND SHE SAYS NO, ONCE I LEAVE, I'M NOT COMING BACK. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN AFTER I LEAVE. SHE HAD HER ANIMALS HERE, SHE HAD HER FARM HERE, SHE HAD THIS INCREDIBLE VIEW, WHICH I KIND OF FORGOT ABOUT THAT. OF COURSE YOU LOOK OUT HERE NOW I'M SEEING A BUNCH OF TREES AND WHAT SHE SAW WAS A BIG OPEN FIELD WITH COWS, HORSES, THAT TYPE OF THING. SHE DIDN'T HAVE RUNNING WATER, SHE HAD A WELL. SO BY THE TIME I GOT HERE, IT HAD RUN DRY SO THE NEIGHBORS WOULD HELP HER WITH WATER. UP UNTIL THEN SHE'D TAKE TWO 5 GALLON BUCKETS FROM HERE AND BRING 'EM DOWN TO THE RIVER AND BRING 'EM BACK. THAT'S A LOT OF WEIGHT. I NEVER CROSSED HER, DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO. MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH HER WAS MEETING HER IN THE WOODS DOWN NEAR SNAKE CREEK AND WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ANYBODY LIVED UP HERE. WE'D CAMPED DOWN ON THE RIVER AND HEARD SOMEBODY CHOPPING WOOD. THOUGHT WE'RE GONNA GO INVESTIGATE, SEE WHO'S CHOPPING WOOD AND I SAW THIS SHORT LITTLE WOMAN UNDER 5 FEET TALL WITH A DOUBLE BLADE AX CHOPPING AWAY. WE ASKED HER WHO SHE WAS AND SHE TOLD US TO COME VISIT HER AT HER HOUSE. SO WE HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT WITH HER AND WE WERE ASTONISHED THAT ANYBODY STILL LIVED DOWN HERE AND ESPECIALLY THAT SOMEBODY LIVED DOWN HERE WITH SOMETHING WE CONSIDER TO BE LACK OF PLUMBING, ELECTRIC, ET CETERA. FOR HER TO LIVE IN A HOUSE THAT WAS MODERN, BY HER STANDARDS, WOULD HAVE, I THINK CONFUSED HER. I THINK WHEN SHE DID EVENTUALLY MOVE INTO A HOUSE THAT WAY SHE JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THIS IT. SHE WAS SO USED TO THIS AND THIS WAS HER SPACE, AND SHE KNEW IT WELL. SHE COULD TELL YOU THINGS ABOUT THIS LAND BACK THEN THAT WOULD TAKE YOU AND ME EONS TO FIGURE OUT. SHE WAS HER OWN WEATHER FORECASTER, SHE PROVIDED FOR HERSELF AND SHE WAS IN HER 80'S STILL LIVING DOWN HERE BY HERSELF.

REMARKABLE WOMAN. GRANNY'S GRANDSON, HOWARD OF NEAR BY COMPTON REMINISCED ABOUT THE TIMES WITH HIS GRANNY.

SHE LIVED DOWN THERE, WE WENT DOWN THE RIVER, SHE CARRIED WATER FROM THE RIVER, PUT IT IN A TUB. AND I'VE GOT A TREE OUT HERE THAT IS A SWEET GUM TREE THAT I WENT AND PULLED UP. IT WAS ABOUT A FOOT TALL, ABOUT LIKE A NIGHT STAND. AND NOW THIS TREE IS PROBABLY 50 FOOT TALL. WHEN WE STARTED LEAVING OUT, SHE LOOKED BACK AND --

YEAH. AFTER LIVING THERE FOR SO MANY YEARS, IT IS TOUGH TO LEAVE A HOME PLACE.

SHE LOOKED TO SEE IT FOR HER LAST TIME TO BE THERE.

YEAH.

BLAIR SHARED WITH US A POEM HE WROTE WHEN HE WAS FIRST WITH GRANNY.

AND THOUGH THE WIND MAY VARY, THERE IS A LESSON TO BE LEARNED. IT'S SPOKEN BY THE PAST AND EVER LASTING WORD. TELL IT TO BRING AGAIN THE DAYS WHEN LIFE WAS OH, SO FINE. TO LIVE THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN NOW IS WHAT WE FIND. WE HOPE TO FIND TOMORROW WHAT WE FIND IN MEMORIES PAST. FIND THE GOOD THINGS IN OUR LIVES AND PRAY THAT THEY WILL LAST. IN THE LIST OF MANY HOLLOWS, I FIND TODAY IS GONE AND THE LIST OF MANY MEMORIES AGAIN THE WIND IS BLOWING GONE. IN THE BEST OF MANY HOLLOWS, THE LOVE OF LIFE STILL TRUE.

SO MAKE THE HIKE FOR YOURSELF ALONG THE CENTER POINT TRAIL AND SPEND SOME TIME AT THE HOME PLACE OF GRANNY HENDERSON WHO WAS AN INSPIRATION TO MANY OF THOSE WHO LIVED ALONG THE BUFFALO RIVER. AND FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS DESTINATION OR MANY OTHERS, VISIT AETN.ORG/ARKANSAS. WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME FOR ANOTHER EXCITING ADVENTURE ON EXPLORING ARKANSAS.

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