After our short stop over in Memphis, we headed out early to visit Little Rock, Arkansas. I can safely say that neither of us had particularly high hopes for Little Rock, looking at it more as a stopping over point to save us an 8 hour drive into Texas.
Well, we were quite surprised—Little Rock is fabulous! We reserved a spot at the one RV park in downtown—right across the river from the William Jefferson Clinton Library and Museum and walking distance to downtown. We’re getting pretty used to being the only Airstream in parks and Little Rock was no exception—no mind, we found a great river front spot, parked Priscilla and headed arcross the convenienetly placed pedestrian bridge to explore Little Rock. Our first stop was the Clinton Museum and it was really interesting—we were reminded of what a fabulous time the 90s were in America, read lots of letters from citizens to the President and even toured a temporary exhibit of Oscar de la Renta that was on display—including some dresses worn by my personal style hero, Taylor Swift.
From there we had to head right to our dinner plans for the evening—we were set to attend an old fashioned story hour at the Starving Artist’s Café in the Ardenta neighborhood. On our way to Little Rock, I emailed a contact I have through A Practical Wedding who lives in LR to see if she had any suggestions of great places to check out—and, because she is awesome, she responded right away with a whole list of great ideas, including to attend the dinner theater and NPR broadcast of Tales from the South, which was taking place that evening in LR.
We immediately bought tickets ($7! Such a steal) and when we got to the café, we knew we were in for a treat. The entire café was set with small tables where guests would mingle with one another and order food and drinks—at 7pm the story hour started and the theme for last night was…wait for it…Elvis. I KNOW! It was awesome—3 storytellers got up and told their own (true) situations of meeting or encountering Elvis. This was especially cool because we had just spent the day before at Graceland, so it was really nice to hear some more personal stories about the King of Rock n’ Roll. The stories last for about an hour and included live music as well—all in all, it was an absolutely wonderful evening.
The next morning we got up bright and early and went for a nice long run along the Arkansas River—the entire town of Little Rock has a massive riverfront running and biking trail that goes on for over 20 miles, dotted along the way with amphitheaters and sculpture parks. It was a great way to start the day, even though Arkansas experienced a cold spell over night and we woke up to temperatures in the low 20s (thank goodness for that space heater, I’ll say once again!). After our run, it was time to head out and after doing a few short errands of purchasing necessary items for the Airstream such as plates and cups, we headed towards Texarkana, AR where we planned to camp in a state park for the evening.
We arrived to Atlanta State Park right as the sun was getting ready to set and found a great pull through site just steps from a MASSIVE lake (think Lake Yellowstone size). We quickly unhitched and took Tasha down for a sunset viewing—it was unreal. Sunsets in Michigan are pretty amazing as we all know, but this one was just out of this world. The lake is totally unhiabited except for the state park and the silence was unreal-the only sounds we heard (and are hearing now that we’re camped) are birds and fish jumping. The pictures don’t even really do it justice. Tonight we’re tucked in cozy in Priscilla, cooking dinner and drinking tea and getting ready to play some dominos. Tomorrow we are heading down to Tyler where our weekend wedding will take place—we’ll camp at the Tyler State Park for a few days and then it’s on to Austin for over a week!
We’re having a fabulous time and getting quite comfortable with life on the road. As Ian said while we were walking, “We’ve got it all figured out.” I’m not sure that’s 100% true, but I definitely think it’s pretty great and would implore anyone who has an inkling to take such a trip to do so—life is short and travel is the only thing you pay for that makes you richer.
Off to finish dinner now—xoxo,