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Happenings from Arkansas


Friday, Feb 23, 2007 from Dover, Arkansas

To my surprise, this is one of the first times on the trip where my hosts have music playing loud throughout the house. My generation which seems to listens to so much music and coming from college, I’m used to every dorm room or apartment having background music. However, not many houses do. So this is nice, Chris and Debbie are one of the first for that and at that they’re jamming tonight. It’s a good thing to live in a secluded area.

Once again I have to mention how impressed I am with The Natural State of Arkansas. Debbie has pulled out several photography and guidebooks by Tim Ernst who is probably the best known nature photographer in Arkansas. I wish I had time to see all the places in the books, but it will give me reason to return. Yesterday we headed out early for a beautiful drive through the Ozarks, from coves to rivers. On a beautiful 70-degree day I feel spring is here, I’m pretty sure I won’t see snow for a long time.

Today brought us to Little Rock to see the capitol. A beautiful building! The Arkansas capitol is one of the best I’ve seen. I’m sure they get better as I get out east to the older ones. We had a great little tour, however the highlight is that congress is in session. It was my first time seeing a bill get passed. And speaking of bills getting passed, this is of course where Bill Clinton passed through as governor long before being president.

After another Mexican restaurant (I’ve ate at many Mexican places on this trip!) we headed to The Big Dam Bridge. It’s something like the largest pedestrian bridge in the country. The day was accompanied by Debbie’s friends Susy and Rainbow.

As for now, it doesn’t get much better. Dim lighting. Music blasting (nearly sound as good as live music). Dinner cooking. A big comfy leather cheer. Beer in hand. And a cute kitty cat cuddled up next to me. This is a great way to actually stop thinking about the trip and just relax! Not many relaxing moments on the trip like this. Cheers, to relaxation! Truly, this is what I really want more of on the trip. This is when I’m most inspsired and motivated. Sounds like time to find live music, more coffee shops, and a place to crank up some music of my own.

Blog Date Posted: Feb 23, 2007 | 408 words | comments 4 Comments
Comment by Aunt Catherine
From Grandville, MI

Wow, i was hoping to get in touch with you and have you visit my brother in LR who is a retired golf professional but I have been busy with other happenings which I will explain later. I was born in Fort Smith and it is a beautiful state, wait until you see the flowers in the South.

Comment by Mom
From Baraga, MI

Hey, Aunt Catherine, I am glad to hear that Bugsy is loving your old stomping grounds! Didn't know you were born in Fort Smith. I am impatiently waiting to see some photos of the Ozarks!

Comment by Penny Bell
From Boise, ID

Nothing better than chilling in a big comfy chair with a beer and kitty cat! Enjoy Bugsy. Hope to see a picture of Wally soon!

Comment by Kevin Smith
From Helena, AR

Hey -- My sister in law, Carolyn Wasson, met you while in Arkansas. She suggested I email you. I am the former state senator who -- after college -- conoed down the Mississippi River and once walked across Arkansas. I have four children and an exchange student now, so pretty much have to work everyday. But I envy what you are doing and wish I could do it with you. I am sure that you have found what I have, which is the America is full of some very wonderful and friendly people. I hope you have had some adventure along the was as well. Anyway, I wish you good luck on your continued travels, and next time you are in my neighborhood let me know. I would love to meet you. Kevin Smith