Arkansas, state twenty-two, by the numbers:
Total miles: 690
Total money earned: $0
Total money spent: $124.82
Other transport: $30.89 (car registration and air for tires)
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $142.85
Total under budget: $18.03
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $130
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($125 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $0 ($92 from $80)
Number of free meals: 10
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 4
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 1
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0
Total nights spent in the car: 0
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 4
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 1
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 3
Total dates: 0
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1.5 (.5 because Ella tried to find the soap, which I thought was awesome.)
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 8
Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” moments: 0
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 17
Go hiking or go get lost in the woods somewhere. I didn’t this trip, but I have numerous times and it’s amazing! My favorite places are: Pinnacle Mountain (right in LR), Petit Jean, and Mount Magazine.
Little Rock – Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – it’s free and there’s a lot of good information, plus the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame is there and it’s really interesting to learn about all the important accomplishments of black (and a few white) Arkansans.
Little Rock – William J. Clinton Presidential Center – Presidential Libraries/museums are my new favorite way to learn about history. There is so much information and it’s really fascinating.
Little Rock – Willy D’s piano bar – trust me a night at Willy D’s is an interesting cultural experience.
Little Rock – Flying Saucer if you’re into good beer.
Little Rock – Mimi’s Cafe has good breakfast/brunch.
Little Rock – Big Dam Bridge is pretty cool, the largest pedestrian bridge in North America, which is neat.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – the grounds are beautiful, the building is beautiful, the art is beautiful. Just go. Right now.
I also really wanted to check out Thorncrown Chapel, because it looks awesome, but it was closed when I went. 🙁
The whole area up by Eureka Springs is beautiful and worth a summertime vacation I’d say.
ARKANSAS THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
Crossett, unless you happened to teach there and know people, or really want to see a tiny zoo, if you go, beware of the air pollution.
El Dorado, if you happen to be nearby, stop in for sure, it’s super cute. PJ’s has good coffee. The bookstore is great, and they often have music festivals, but I wouldn’t send you there just to go there.
If you’re in Little Rock and want to go to a club it’s called Discovery (Disco). It’s hit or miss.
Fort Smith has Miss Laura’s “Social Club” the first former brothel to make it on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s pretty interesting, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again.
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