Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Arkansas Adventure Vacation

We made it back home alive & well!  I'm not going to lie though, I'm still stiff and sore.  We (the kids & myself) spent five days on vacation.  We traveled down through Iowa and Missouri to get to Arkansas.  We stopped in Carthage, MO at the Civil War Museum and then again at the George Carver National Monument.

In Arkansas we went to Petit Jean State Park where we hiked over 7 miles to get to Rock House Cave and the Cedar Falls, which was no small feat as we had to hike up and down switchback trails in the Ozark Mountains.  Then we spent a day checking out Fort Smith's Fort, Museum, and Visitor's Center before packing out again to spend the weekend at a cabin at Lake Fort Smith.  There, we hiked another 7 miles, fished, and grilled out.

On the way home we made another two pit stops, one at Pea Ridge National Military Park which is a Civil War battle site, and at Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge (north of St. Joseph, MO) where we engaged in another long strenuous hike up the Loess Hills, which afforded us gorgeous views of the refuge.

It was an action-packed vacation that the kids and I loved.  We drank healthy smoothies every morning for breakfast, and ate good food while getting plenty of exercise.  It sure was a win-win all the way around, and we had lots of fun.  It was just what I needed to recharge and renew.  Now, back to life and back to work.

Enjoy the pictures, the man in them is my step dad who tagged along while my mom was at work.

Much love,

H.A.






























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