"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bouncing around Arkansas

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We got away from home last Saturday morning under sunny skies, headed for Arkansas.  By the time we got to lake Village, it was cloudy, windy, and COLD.  Arrived in Hot Springs around 3 pm to sunshine and a beautiful afternoon.  We did the tourist thing in Hot Springs and headed for Jasper on Sunday morning.  Jasper is more to my liking.  Located on the upper reaches of the Buffalo National River, it is a beautiful area.
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 There were old homesteads from around the turn of the last century.  The family that lived here was moved out in 1978 by the Park Service when the National River was being created.
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Notice this wall paper from the wall of one of the bedrooms.  I found dates from 1912 through 1914 on different pieces of paper.  Imagine purchasing a nice denim jacket for $1.69.  You could also purchase two different types of overalls for the same price.
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The self reliance of these folks was apparent everywhere you looked.  Really a long way from where we are today.
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Also signs of their Faith were lost along with their homes.
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Jasper is also very near the home of the Arkansas elk herd.  We say a number of them scattered around the small valley’s.
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Though it is early Spring in the Ozarks, the drought is still very apparent.  Dry creek beds all around.
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We are now in Mountain View, listening to a lot of picking and grinning.  Lots of musicians making music every which way you turn.  Nothing like hanging out with friends having a good time.
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  1. I like Hot Springs with the bath houses and the old Arlington Hotel. One of my favorite lakes is Lake Ouachita which is close to Hot Springs. I haven't ever been to Jasper but it is so sad when people are moved out of their homes like they were in Jasper. There were families around Mountainburg, AR that were moved out of their homes just a few years ago when they were enlarging Lake Fort Smith and Lake Fort Smith State Park. There are still remnants of the old homesteads at Fort Chaffee and it has been a long time since the families were moved from their homes when Fort Chaffee was built.
    Unfortunately, we here in Arkansas are still suffering across the state from a very hot, dry year.
    Enjoy your time bouncing around Arkansas.

  2. What beautiful pictures!! Hope you guys enjoy your stay in Arkansas!! Have fun with your friends!


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