I am back from vacation, and it is quite a shock! Going from peaceful, serene Arkansas, to a crazy workday filled with 1,260 emails was quite a shock. Good thing I like a mix of both serenity and activity!
And speaking of activity, Arkansas wasn’t entirely serene. There was a whole lot of walking, hiking, exploring and LOTS of stairs and hills.
Exhibit A (leading to the haunted hotel we toured–so cool!):
Once we got into the hotel, we found that the elevator was broken, so we walked up four more flights of stairs. That’s after dragging my 50-pound suitcase (hey, a girl needs her shoes) up the world’s longest flight of stairs at our non-elevatored hotel. And also after walking the hilly streets of Eureka Springs about 10 times. I definitely got my steps in this week!
And here’s exhibit B. You can’t tell how high we are, but this is my brother, grandpa and me after we hiked about a zillion feet above the highway and river below. My brother kept leaning over and nearly giving me a heart attack.
Even the caves we toured had about 100 stairs each.
I loved all the walking and climbing–and it’s a good thing I did a lot of it. Outside of Eureka Springs, about the only restaurant within driving distance was McDonald’s–and I think we ate there about five times. I never want to see it again.
But let’s end on a positive note. Check out some of the beautiful things I saw this weekend:
The most gorgeous wayside ever:
Flowers–everything is in bloom so early this year, and I LOVE it!
And best yet, a COW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. It was epic.
All in all, it was a really nice, restorative trip and I am so glad I got to go and see my grandparents. My grandma is dealing with cancer and it was very good to see her. But also very hard to leave.