Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Moonshiner's Cave

I was supposed to meet Greg at 10am Tuesday morning to ride out to Devil's Den state park. That got pushed back an hour due to a furniture repair guy running late. When we finally did head out on our way it was 11:30 ... not the kind of start we were looking for. We had the possibility of rain moving in late afternoon so we wound up slabbing I-49 for about 20 miles. Again, not the way we wanted to get there but hey, at least we're riding today.
Once off of interstate things started to get better. We were in search of an old cave in the Ozark National Forest. Soon we found the sign and parking area. It took walking down 3 different trails before finding the right one. We had some directions but they turned out to be about as useful as a can of dinosaur repellent.
It was not a brutal hike but not easy either ... at least not for a fat old man with rheumatoid arthritis. Up and down hills strewn with rocks, ruts and vines. I was also hiking in motorcycle boots (not a good move on my part). We hiked, tripped and slid our way through the forest before finding a small waterfall. After taking pictures we hiked east of the waterfall and there it appeared before us in all its crude but glorious state ... Moonshiners Cave. We spent the next hour taking photos from every angle you could take. After exploring inside and out, on top and down below, we finally started the long hike back out.
Once back on the bikes, Greg wanted to stop at Artist Point to get some of their spicy mustard. We also had to check in with Corky, the resident Cockatoo and he was in rare form today. Dancing, strutting, whistling and talking ... and throwing the ink pen in the floor. He's hilarious and works for the attention he gets.
It was heavily overcast and turning darker as we left Artist Point. We lit the throttle up and just beat the rain back home. It was a good day and yes, I'm paying for my fun now, but it was worth it. 

Getting ready to hike to the cave.
Small waterfall on the hike to the cave.
Moonshiners Cave

View of waterfall and front of Moonshiners Cave.

Front door plate says 1905.

The hike back out was long and steep for an old fat man with RA in motorcycle boots!

Meet Corky


mary said...

Looks like a great day. Those kind of trails are so hard to hike when covered with leaves. I tend to spend more time sliding than walking. The weather here has been so mild but I had shoulder surgery a few weeks ago so no riding for me. I have about 2 months of rehab then back on the bike for me.
Hope your weather stays nice. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Nice find!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. What an interesting place, I hope its not found by too many and stays clean!


Terry said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Mary. It has been unbelievably mild here s far. I know we will have to pay for the great weather soon though. I did plenty of sliding (hiking in motorcycle boots) but had a good time. Hope you heel quickly with no complications and can get back to riding soon.

Thanks Jim.

Randy, it was interesting. What's more interesting is how long I have been going to the area and had never even heard of it. I think it will stay cleaned up, I didn't post how to find it for that very reason.

Anonymous said...

VEru cool! I bet if those walls could talk they could tell some secrets.


Terry said...

Larry, I don't actually know if this was used for moonshining or not. If it was, don't you know it!

Anonymous said...

You always find the most interesting places ...