This past weekend I desperately wanted to go on an adventure. I decided to take a quick shower, get my gear together and hit the road. I stopped at a local Harps and got a sandwich and some fruit for the road. I had an idea of going to Hot Springs, although 3 hours away, I decided why not. I was headed south when I decided to see if there were any cool spots that were closer. I got on Pinterest and searched "Arkansas Photography". After seeing a few photos, I spotted one of Cedar Falls. I clicked on the link that took me to a page saying, "You should definitely see this waterfall if you live in Arkansas". I quickly saw where it was located and pulled up a map to see if it was anywhere close. Luckily, it was a whole hour closer and I set my directions to take me there. Now this is something I have decided recently... I only want to go places I need a map to get to. If I don't need a map, that means I know the route well enough, and have been there before. My goal is to only go to places I have never seen. So a couple hours later, and after yelling in my car to Natasha Bedingfield's song "Pocketful of Sunshine", I had arrived at Petit Jean State Park. I was instantly in love with the curvy roads leading to the visitor center. There I got a map, sent a post card to my mother, and asked my questions about some trails. I headed back down the twisty road to Mather Lodge. It being the weekend, it was hard to find a parking spot. I found one up the hill, got my gear together, strapped my hammock on my camera bag, and set out to find the trailhead. It was easy to find, and most of the visitors were headed that way. Not a few steps down the trail I crossed paths with a girl who noticed me carrying my camera. She proceeded to ask if I was a photographer and if I had an Instagram. I absolutely adore people who aren't afraid to talk to people and make conversation. After answering her and getting the correct spelling of my name, she said she'd add me when she got service and I continued to head down the path. I was now walking with more of a pep in my step, knowing that just another person was going to see my work. After saying the casual passing by "hellos" and snapping a few pictures, I arrived at the waterfall. Hiking two miles seems like nothing now after hiking up Mount Magazine, which is a ten mile hike. I look around to see if there is anywhere to hang my hammock, and after thinking of some good possibilities, I head over to a rock that is a little ways out in the lake that Cedar Falls pours into. I started setting up my tripod which I figured out is completely broken (don't buy cheesy tripods). I tried to rig it to where my camera wouldn't move too much, since I wanted to do some long exposure photos of the water. It seemed to be working for the most part. Now all I had to do was wait on the people to get out of my shot. The cool thing about this spot is that you can physically walk under the waterfall and sit on a ledge and enjoy the scenery. The uncool part is that for photographers like me, that means I'll more than likely never get a shot without at least one person it in. After waiting forever, I finally got a few shots clear of people. I moved to the side of the waterfall and shot some there as well. I decided to join the bandwagon and go under the waterfall. After sitting there a moment, I decided it was time to go set up my hammock and relax a little before I head back home. The trees I previously picked for my hammock spot ended up not working. One of the trees was way too big for my little rope to go around (note to self: always have extra paracord with you). I moved over a few trees and set up my temporary camp. I enjoyed a Milky Way, and sat staring up at the trees above me, contemplating life. Sometimes you simply need hours by yourself, staring up at the sky or at a beautiful waterfall, just thinking about life. Some people passed by saying that bringing a hammock was at the best idea ever, or asked if I was camping out. Six o'clock rolled around and I decided to make the mile trek back up the hillside. Overall, I definitely recommend this trail. It is beautiful, and a fun quick hike to make. Thank you Petit Jean State Park for existing and being the destination I enjoyed last Sunday.