No Doubt, It's An Arkansas Thing The motto for my May 2013 visit to Arkansas was:
"Bus' mah buttons 'n burn mah biscuits! Did y'all heah Steve's comin' tah Arkensaw?" :)
Although Atlanta was my ultimate destination, I spent five full days
in Arkansas -- enjoying hiking trails, seeing friends and having a HEE HAW of a time.
There were so many highlights and memorable moments. Below are my best Arkansas photos.
I arrived late Saturday night, May 11, and snapped this photo of the "Welcome To Arkansas" sign in Bella Vista.
It was then that all the misery from driving across Kansas felt worth it!
That evening, I met Raymond Burks, an aspiring screenwriter and graduate of the University of Arkansas. He has played a major role in encouraging me
as I strive to become a successful first-time author.
We went out for steak and I love this photo of us holding our
We visited a Walmart in Fayetteville.
It was refreshing to see so much merchandise with the Arkansas Razorbacks on it! :)
I bought two t-shirts (third photo) that increased the number of Razorbacks clothing items to seven in my wardrobe.
I guess I should do another Arkansas Razorbacks fashion show, shouldn't I? ;)
If you've never seen it, this is a video of me showing off my great Razorbacks apparel in 2010 ...
Lastly, I bought Arkansas Razorbacks car and window stickers, and I gladly put one on the back windshield next to my
WTF sticker. :)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
May 13 - The next day, I headed to Fort Smith to meet the one and only Ray Nellum.
There's a photo of us in downtown Fort Smith on Garrison Avenue.
In Ray's neighborhood, some have a
design as their address marker.
Ray gave me a grand tour of Fort Smith.
We visited the Fort Smith National Cemetery, the Arkansas River and the gallows that was used to execute people at the historic Fort Smith site.
That afternoon, I got to see the city from the roof of the 11-story Garrison Building. It's the tallest building in Fort Smith! :)
I snapped many pictures, but then I realized a video might be better ...
Not sure of the road in the top photo, but the second is Rogers Avenue.
Petit Jean State Park - Cedar Falls My hike to Cedar Falls in Petit Jean State Park was magnificent! My photos, videos and write-up:
Cedar Falls. Oh yes, I stood under that massive waterfall. I was drenched ... and so happy. :)
Little Rock, Arkansas
May 14 - After enjoying the waterfall, I drove to Little Rock via Interstate 40.
Then I got to meet Dan Cox, a proud Little Rock resident, Arkansas Razorbacks fan
and manager of the Hit Squad in my fantasy football league.
Immediately, we hit it off and he brought me to the Whole Hog Cafe on West Markham Street.
We quickly ate our yummy BBQ, and then got a picture of us with our empty plates in the restaurant. :)
Dan drove me all over Little Rock ... and I mean all over!
I got photos of the Arkansas Capitol Building Dome, Central High School and the Arkansas River in the Marketplace section.
We stopped by Hogman's Gameday Superstore, as I hoped I would buy another Razorbacks shirt or two, but they were closed.
A car ahead of us had this great pro-Hogs license plate. :)
We walked on the Little Rock Big Dam Bridge, which crosses the Arkansas River and is popular for walking, running and biking.
We arrived as the sun was setting, a pretty Arkansas sunset,
with Pinnacle Mountain as the peak on the left.
When we passed a Dunkin Donuts, I asked if we could stop.
I love Dunkin Donuts coffee so much! In fact, I have a Pinterest page dedicated to it:
Dunkin Donuts Coffee.
A short afternoon hike on the Ouachita Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
I met the East family for the first time: That's Cynthia, me, Bob and Lizzy.
We had interesting conversations about
biking across America, Bob's attempt to climb Mount Everest in the 1980s, how they are friends with the Clintons and Huckabees,
what it's like living in Little Rock and why in the world Lizzy chose LSU for her college studies. :o)
This photo was taken inside Doe's, a "dive restaurant" that was known
to be Bill Clinton's favorite place to converse with politicians
when he was governor.
The outside of Doe's.
A photo of the "Mississippi style" tamales they serve. They were so good!
May 16 - On my last day in Arkansas, I drove to Jonesboro to see Aimee and Jerald.
They took me out for BBQ at Demo's Barbeque and Smokehouse. It was the best barbeque I had on this trip! :)
I got the grand tour of Jonesboro, a nice town in northeast Arkansas.
I liked that banner on the campus of Arkansas State University.
Later on, Jerald took me for a ride on his farm
and we met Old Bob, who caught a crappie fish.
Jerald is a lifelong farmer who grows rice and soy beans. During the tour,
we met other farmers, and I got this shot of a farmer working his field.
As the tour of his farm went on, Jerald began to shoot at red-winged blackbirds that were eating the inside of his rice seeds, and I
got an entertaining(?) video of him trying to get them. P.S. If you watch the whole thing, he gets one at the end! ;)