I took my little girl for a campout this past weekend at Devil’s Den State Park. We did a brief hike, she led the way, up the side of one of the ridges, grilled some beef over the fire and concluded the night with s’mores. All in all a great evening that will pay dividends for years to come.
The Butterfield Trail at Devil’s Den State Park is one of the best trails in Arkansas for new hikers and a treat for those more experienced as well. Mileage on the trail ranges between 15-17 miles depending on who you talk to and how it is measured. The trail loops through the State Park and the bulk of it is very quiet, full of solitude following rivers, ridges, bluffs, rock formations and more.
I took my oldest son camping for the first time when he was a little over 2 years old. It was his reward for mastering the toilet and abandoning the diaper. We headed to the lake for a “guys only” campout and by the time our tent was up and the fire was built the heavens opened and rain poured down in torrents for hours. We headed to the covered pier to wait out the rain. I had a video camera and my little man with me and a six pack of root beer. To this day, that video is among my most prized of possessions. He was ecstatic just to be there and the root beer induced sugar high overpowered all of the rain that came that night until he finally collapsed in exhaustion in his miniature camping chair next to mine.