I've wanted to make a camping trip to Arkansas first state park for some time. From what I had seen and read about Petit Jean State Park, it has so much to offer, ranging from its natural beauty, to archaeological sites, to great food at Mather Lodge. It also goes without saying that some of the best motorcycle roads in the southeast are in Arkansas. This year, I felt caught up enough at work to take spring break off and make the trip. The park was absolutely wonderful, and my hope is this trip report will inspire, inform, or possibly stir nostalgia in those that have been there before. My pre-trip ritual includes a good once over of my bike and in the process getting my traveling tools in order. I probably carry too much, but I like to be prepared and my karmic strategy is that the more prepared I am, the less likely something is to happen (ironically, in the last hours of this trip, I put the tire repair material and mini air pump to work for the first time on the road) I like to carry food including selections for breakfasts, dinners, and snacks for hiking and rest stops (this is my typical fare to which I added several items before departure). Last step is amassing all my gear in one place for a final check before packing (I have to say that I really enjoy this part for some reason) and finally packing it all on my bike, and trying to do it better than the last time. Its 9 AM Sunday morning, (March 10) and Im ready to go; Im just waiting for a rainy frontal system that's sweeping over the Houston area to pass. I finally launched at about 10 AM in a light rain that the radar suggests will quickly pass. My plan is to stop for a break in Nacogdoches, and then press on to Caddo Lake State Park to spend the night. Made Nacogdoches with no problem and stopped at Java Jacks (on business Hwy. 59 or North Street just a short distance from the Stephen F. Austin State University campus) for a break. This place is a keeper! If youre ever in the area, treat yourself to a spicy pig and lemon bar with a hot cup of dark roast to wash it down! I always feel a little awkward taking a picture of my food in a restaurant. I reached Caddo Lake State Park around 3 PM under clear crisp skies. Site 30 in the Armadillo Run Camping Area is home for tonight. Big site, elevated level tent pad, lots of trees. I set up camp, changed into hiking garb, grabbed my binoculars and bird field guide and set out. Caddo is a beautiful state park. I enjoyed the trails and checking out some of the CCC structures that persist in the park. By the time I finished supper it was dark and getting colder. I enjoyed the night sky for a bit, and then called it a night. Tomorrow Ill strike out early and take a not so direct route to Petit Jean State Park. More to come.