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btoellner
Advertising and Animal Welfare Professional with a wife and 3 dogs and 3 cats. All opinions expressed here are solely my own and not representative of any organization I with whom I might be affiliated.
Interests: pets, golf, advertising, baseball, basketball, kansas city, malcolm gladwell and seth godin
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The Tanyard Creek Trail is a great hiking trail that is right in the heart of Bella Vista in Northwest Arkansas. The trail is an easy hike, and offers a bit of everything: creeks, lakes, waterfalls, bridges, cascades, a bit of history, and abundant bird life. Trail signs say that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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The Arkansas Grand Canyon is a popular stop along Highway 7 -- five miles south of Jasper -- and with good reason. The view here is the highest view in all of Arkansas, stating that it is the highest point overlooking the lowest valley in the state. On a clear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Hawksbill Crag is one of the most photographed places in all of Arkansas. On a crisp fall morning, as the leaves turn, and the sun rises, it's not hard to understand why. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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In 10 years of reading about, and exploring Northwest Arkansas, I had never heard of the Arkansas Sphinx. However, when Danny Hale published his book, Takahik, Hiking the Arkansas Ozarks, I decided I need to check it out. This isn't really so much of a hike as a "thing to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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The Buffalo River area is full of places with outstanding views of our natural landscapes. One of those areas is the Hedges Pouroff. Hedges Pouroff is named due to the large waterfall that pours over this ridge during wet weather, and for the Hedges family that lived in a farmstead... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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The Boxley Valley is an amazingly beautiful area in Northwest Arkansas. The valley is a common area to visit for tourists, particularly to see the resident elk population. Within the valley, is the old Boxley mill pond -- that used to supply power for the nearby historic grist mill. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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During the wet season, Northwest Arkansas has a lot of amazing waterfalls. They range from massively tall pour-offs like the 209 foot tall Hemmed In Hollow, to shorter, interesting falls like Six Finger Falls, to even amazing falls like Big Creek Cave Falls that pour right out of a cave.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Roark Bluff is a popular haven for photographers. The way the bluff catches the sunrise in the mornings, it's wet-weather waterfalls, and easy access, make it a great destination for photographers along the Upper Buffalo River area. But what is less-known is that there is a pretty nicely worn trail... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Michelle and I are avid hikers. But we're not thru hikers. We both like to spend a day enjoying a nice hike but then welcome the comforts of home in the evenings -- like a warm shower, warm meal and and soft-ish bed. Thru-hiking has always been a bit intimidating... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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On April 4th, Kansas City Missouri voters will get the opportunity to support three General Obligation Bond (GO Bond) initiatives at the polls. Question 1 is a $600 million bond that designates money for roads, bridges and sidewalks. In addition... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at KC DOG BLOG
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It's sometimes easy for me to forget that the Buffalo National River is a part of our national parks system (not really a national park, but as a National River, managed by the national park service). We spend most of our time in the upper Buffalo area that is very... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Sun rays reflect poke through the fog near along the Buffalo River near Steel Creek. Nature has an amazing way of speaking to us. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Roark Bluff is a popular spot for photographers. It's easily accessible, beautiful, and tends to have a variety of different lighting in the early mornings as the sun rises and reflects off the rocky bluff. Many an outstanding photo has been shot here. Last fall, my wife bought me a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
Like many of you, I follow many animal welfare groups and animal shelters on social media. Over the past couple of weeks, I was simply amazed at the number of shelters that sent out notifications of being closed for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at KC DOG BLOG
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The Nars is one of those places that people photography a lot, but finding directions on how to get to the area are a bit more challenging. And because the "easy" way to get there requires crossing the Buffalo River it can be a bit intimidating. However, on a really... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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I've seen pictures of the Red Bluff Overlook for many years but few people attempt to provide directions to this unique spot. Red Bluff (which isn't really all that red) is an interesting spot along the Buffalo National River where the river makes a dramatic horseshoe curve that allows you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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Earlier this week, I posted a photo of our KC Pet Project staff celebrating success after a mega-adoption event in which we adopted out 281 animals during a three-day weekend. The majority of people who saw the photo loved the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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Over the past weekend, KC Pet Project partnered with two other area shelters, Wayside Waifs and Great Plains SPCA, for a metro-wide adoption event. In total, 834 pets were adopted from the three shelters, 281 of them from KC Pet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
A couple of weeks ago, the government in Montreal made the decision to ban 'pit bulls' from the city. However, nearly immediately, a judge ordered a temporary suspension of the ban as, among other problems, the definition of what did... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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Miami-Dade (FL) is once again planning to discuss repealing the city's 27 year old ban on 'pit bull' type dogs. And the repeal needs to happen in Miami because of shifting attitudes regarding 'pit bull' like dogs, because the original... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
Florissant Missouri's (Population 52,158) pit bull ban is failing its residents. But in spite of this, city officials are actively working to support keeping the ban (on the taxpayer's dime), and then lying to the public about it. The city... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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The Ozarks were tough frontier for the early settlers. Rugged terrain and dense woods made travel difficult. And, like all settlements, water was of the utmost importance. And thus, many of the early settlements exist on some of Arkansas's most prominent waterways as water was necessary for life, travel, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
A couple of weeks ago, the city council of the city of Buckner, MO (Population 3,072) unanimously voted to repeal the community's 16 year old ban on 'pit bulls'. The change makes Buckner at least the 19th city in Missouri... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at KC DOG BLOG
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This is the last (at least for awhile) in a series of hikes that we've done in Utah. While this blog will continue to focus on hiking and places in Northwest Arkansas, I suspect that most readers like hiking and the outdoors in general and would appreciate the posts. Or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas
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In our 9 day trip to Utah last fall, no hike surprised us more for its scenery than the Tom's Canyon hike. It was our first day in Utah, and we were in our hotel in Kanab, UT with about a 1/2 day to kill. We hadn't really planned on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Exploring Northwest Arkansas