Sometimes, it seems, the world is just out to get you. There is just no escaping it. All of the plans set in advance just wiped away by a single tree that falls in the woods. I have been planning to hike to a particular creek in the Ozark National Forrest for several weeks now. It is located in a very remote area of the park, access provided by a dirt road (labeled county road 59). I would be hesitant to really call it a road – per say – more of a dirt track that leads into the forest for about 6 miles. The first trip out, rain and freezing weather prevented us from going, so we rescheduled. This particular location is about a 2-hour drive, so getting there early in the day requires a very early morning. So, we get up at 4:30 in the morning to leave. It has been a little more than 2 hours of driving, did I mention, that I forgot my coffee? We finally arrive at CR59 and start driving in to the valley that we planed to hike. There was quite a bit of deadfall on the edges of the road that looked like it had recently been cleared. As we continued down this little dirt track as it winds towards the valley, we came upon a large tree that fell directly across the road. There was no way to go around, no way over. Completely impassable by vehicle, walking wasn’t really an option because the extra 4 miles of walking would probably put us on trail after dark. I am beginning to think that I may add a chainsaw to my standard kit that lives in the back of the jeep. I may end up going back in the next few weeks with a chainsaw and trying again, but that will be a story for another day.
We ended up going back, and picking a different trail on the Buffalo River to visit. The weather forecast for the day was cold, and heavy overcast. Perfect weather for waterfalls (which was what we were planning to shoot. But, it ended up being a very bright sunny day. No clouds in sight. By the time we arrived, the sun was pretty high in the sky, and made for some awful light for shots of waterfalls. I still had fun on a much shorter hike, and we did get to see some really nice falls.
Some would call it bad luck. You know the old saying, “ when life gives you lemons….” I have never put much stock in luck, you have to make your own – but sometimes things just don’t work as you planned.