Saturday, August 22, 2015

Danger, make a U turn, NOW, You cannot get there from here, Helen

This is the road of Helen's trip story.  She was really trippin.

‘Pig Trail’ closed again by landslide web1_AHTD-State-Highway-23-Detour-Map.jpg

A detour map illustrates available routes on state highways motorists may take to get around the closed section of Arkansas Highway 23. This section will remain closed until repairs can be made, which may take several weeks, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. (Photo courtesy AHTD) image Times Record Staff A portion of Arkansas 23 in Franklin County was closed Tuesday after a landslide made the lanes impassable, according to a news release from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. A slope supporting the roadbed on the east side of the highway, located north of Interstate 40, continues to slide and has caused large cracks to form in the travel lanes, rendering both lanes impassable, according to the release. That section of Arkansas 23 will remain closed until repairs can be made, which may take several weeks. A more definitive time frame will be announced once the highway department’s engineers have had an opportunity to further evaluate the slide, the release states. The slide location is the same that closed this section of the highway in May. It was just Friday that the Highway Department announced that a single lane on the scenic road known as the “Pig Trail” was reopened. The affected area is about 19 miles north of Interstate 40 and 5½ miles north of Cass. While only 700 linear feet of roadway is impacted, the closure includes 3.2 miles of Arkansas 23 between the south end of the Mulberry Mountain Lodge and the north end of Fly Gap Road, according to the release. A detour route has been established and electronic message boards have been placed to warn motorists of the closure at various points along the highway and on Arkansas 215, which intersects Arkansas 23 at Cass, the release states. - See more at:

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A walk, a trip, a story

I walked 11 miles this morning.  I went over to Coin Church, then took the road less traveled to the left, down to the first intersection.  Took the right turn there, up the hill, through the weeds to the old Pete Bell place.  Took the left turn past Uncle Ben McClain's old place, past Grandpa Powell's, over to the top of Morris Hill, past farm 2 where Frankie works, down past Bert Plotts old past, back to the Church and then home.

On the hillside, before the Bell place, a saw a little buck in velvet.  He was about 10 feet from me and as we stared each other down, I moved closer.  He still stood his ground.  The our black dog caught up with me and barked at him.  He moved six feet or so and still just stood there looking at me.  I took a couple dozen pictures and moved on.  I wonder if he is not a tame deer, but he was on the side of the road, not in a pen.  If he keeps standing his ground, in November he is a goner.

Helen is home.  She has the trip and the story.  Well, her story is a trip.  I do not know that I believe it all.  She stopped between town and here and bought a bunch of junk.

Pete Bell's barn. Maybe Grandpa built this.

Grandpa's place.

Helen's house way over beyond the electric  pole.

A Church and a dog.

A flower with rain spots on the leaves.

Monday, August 17, 2015

First day of school...

First year of high school.

Big third graders.

 Before we left home.

Waiting for the bus.  There is a reason old people do not have young children.  Hannah wanted me to stay here today and fix her hair, but she likes to ride the bus, so we were going to put them on the bus and then I would go to work.  I guess when the new bus driver stopped by last week, I told him I was taking them the first day, cause no bus.  Neither I nor George could remember telling him this, but anyway, I took them to school.  They made it home on the bus tonight and both kids enjoyed their first day.

We penned up the goats last night so they would not be in the road.  They probably will not be so easily fooled tonight.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Helen went to Texas.  An old friend from high school is taking treatment there and needed help  Helen went to help.  She will be there for a week.