Last weekend I was kayaking on the Buffalo River in Northwest Arkansas. The river was quite high and was running very fast (for the Buffalo). On our 8+ mile run, I must have seen at least 20 kayaks and canoes that had either tipped over, capsized or gotten completely away from their owners. Fortunately I just got wet but it got me thinking about putting a name tag/plate on my kayak in case I was ever separated from it. You can get a laser engraved name plate over at YourBagTag.com. They also make tags for your dry bags and your luggage too. YourBagTag is owned by a family member.
My relocation to Bentonville, Arkansas last summer rekindled my love for all things outdoors. To help guide the exploration of my new home, I received a wonderful book for Christmas - "Arkansas Hiking Trails #3", written by TIm Ernst. It is a detailed guide to 78 selected trails in Arkansas. With picture perfect weather for hiking (sunny, 65 degrees,and a light breeze), it was off to trail #56 - Pigeon Roost Trail.
Pigeon Roost is one of the many trails available in Hobbs State Park. Hobbs is Arkansas's largest state park in land area, covering a 12,056-acre tract of diverse Ozark landscape along the southern shore of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake. Pigeon Roost is a moderate hike with 4.2 and 8.4 mile loops. I chose the 4.2 mile "Dry Creek" loop for my hike. At about 1.9 miles, the trail opens to a beautiful view and direct access to one of the many fingers of Beaver lake. The trail is well-maintained and a beautiful place to spend an afternoon hiking.