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McFerrin Point
October 16, 2004

Getting there was half the fun on my early morning trip to McFerrin Point overlooking the Buffalo River Valley. I wanted to be on the point to greet the sunrise. Problem was, I had never been there, I had to get up at 4 in the morning, drive two hours, and bushwhack in the dark through the woods. The point is at the end of a well-defined rocky ridge, which I was able to follow, but I still used my GPS receiver to make sure I didn't stray off course. There was some great color early, but the sun peeked through the clouds for just an instant then rose up above them and the light show was over.
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The trees blocked the view from the end of the point, which faces east, so I followed the ridge back along the north side and soon came to the view pictured at the top of this page. I was looking at the Cecil Creek valley. Though I couldn’t see it, directly below me was the stream that flows into Thunder Canyon not half a mile away. Somewhere over to the left was the stream coming out of Hideout Hollow, and way out in front was Broadwater Hollow - my next destination of the day. So many incredible places so close together!
As I continued back toward the truck  I crossed the ridge and followed along the south side, which had a couple of nice views of the Buffalo River valley. I couldn’t see the river, but in a couple of places I could see the bluffs directly above it.
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