Adventurous Arkansas

The past week involved a long trip to Arkansas for my friend Sarah’s wedding. I was able to experience A LOT over the week: Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Little Rock. This is a long post, sorry 🙂

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A lot of people did not quite understand why I would be spending so much time in Arkansas. I think that a lot of people do not give the state enough credit because I had a GREAT time! The adventure started with a 6-hour road trip from Atlanta to Memphis, TN on Thursday.

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The drive was easy, and I was able to pick up some new mugs in Alabama & Mississippi for my collection. 😉 On Thursday evening we spent time with Jay’s grandmother. She lives in a beautiful Assisted Living community in Memphis. It was so nice to have dinner with her and share our latest engagement news in person. Friday morning, I drove to Little Rock to meet up with Sarah and the rest of the bridal party.

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We packed into Sarah’s car and headed to Fayetteville, AR for Sarah’s Bachelorette Weekend. Fayetteville is up in the Ozark mountains and home of the University of Arkansas. I liken Fayetteville to a small Austin, TX. It’s trendy, outdoorsy, and has a bit of a hippy vibe. We stayed in the cutest cabin at Mount Sequoyah.

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We went to the farmer’s market, watched The Princess Diaries, spent time by the pool, had a spa night, ate, and walked around downtown. The biggest surprise of the weekend was finding out that HBO’s True Detective Season 3 was filming at Mount Sequoyah while we were there. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any celebrity sightings but we were able to chat and meet some of the crew members. They were very kind and helpful. I look forward to watching the show when it finally airs! Here are some photos from the bachelorette weekend:

We returned to Little Rock on Sunday where I met up with Jay and the two of us headed to Hot Springs, AR for a few days.

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We arrived at our AirB&B in Hot Springs and was immediately in love. This place was so extremely cute and comfortable. It was the perfect location, inside the park, a mile from downtown, and had the nicest host. I cannot recommend this small cabin enough. It was perfect for what we wanted. Monday morning started the “fun” (aka oops…failure) part of the trip. We had planned to take a short two-hour trip into Texas to get my car inspected for the next calendar year. Well… that short trip didn’t really happen. When we got to Texarkana I was told that since my car is registered in Tarrant County (Fort Worth, TX) I had to get my car inspected in an emissions county. This meant that we either had to drive for another 2 hours to Rockwall County or turn around drive back to Hot Springs and change my registration to Georgia. Well, at this point, I was determined so… a quick half day trip turned to a full 8-hour drive day. Major thanks to Jay for keeping me calm and being game for the trip.

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Tuesday was a much calmer day. No driving! Woohoo! Instead Jay and I went Zip Lining! It was the most fun thing I did all week, by far. I loved being outdoors and flying through the air. 1

That evening we walked around downtown Hot Springs. We explored a local brewery, ate pizza for supper, bought a few knickknacks, and explored the natural hot springs that were on display throughout the city.

That night brought the next “fun” adventure. I got a message from our AirB&B host checking in and seeing what time we wanted to check out in the morning. This was a bit of a surprise because I thought I had reserved it through Thursday morning, not Wednesday morning… turns out I was wrong. I messed up and left us “homeless” for a night. Oops. Thank God for Expedia. Wednesday, we got up early and went for an hour and a half long hike through the national park. Then we visited one of the Hot Springs bath houses, Quapaw. I love visiting Korean baths, this was similar but different. You had to wear a bathing suit since it had windows and it was mixed genders in the bathing room. The water was dispersed into 4 different tubs of varying temperatures and the glass ceilings were breath taking, they really brought out the beauty and history of the building. That night we headed back to Little Rock to check into our hotel. Screen Shot 2018-08-01 at 12.45.42 PM

Thursday, we helped to run errands for Sarah, window shopped, and visited the Old State House in Little Rock. The museum is free and a wonderful place to learn about the history of Arkansas. I personally liked reading about the Public Health history of the state. On Friday we visited the Bill Clinton Presidential Library.

I’d been to the library before, but it was a first for Jay. He was excited to check another presidential museum off our list (The first was Jimmy Carter’s in Atlanta). That night was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at Cajun’s Wharf. I failed to take any photos because I was having a really good time and forgot to reach for my phone. Saturday was wedding day! The venue was the Albert Pike Masonic Temple in Little Rock. The Bridesmaid dresses were by Bella Bridesmaids. The bouquets were by Northwest Arkansas Florist. The wedding day was a whirlwind of fun, food, tears, and smiles. I am forever grateful that Sarah and Brandon would allow me to be a part of their wedding day.

On Sunday we headed home. The drive was about 8 hours. In total I traveled about 2,100 miles over my 10 days in Arkansas. It was quite the way to end the summer. I would recommend Arkansas to anyone looking for a fun way to enjoy some time outside or adventuring. The next adventure is moving into our new unit, FINALLY!

Perhaps you hate the outdoors. Perhaps you love weddings. You do you, boo.

Best,

michelle.

 

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