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Written by llpbraggs on 11 Jun, 2003
Our adventure began with an 8.5-hour drive from Dallas, Texas to Horshoebend, Arkansas. We arrived in Arkansas to a beautiful timeshare. A rustic two story log cabin located on the lake awaited us. We began our first morning at the indoor heated pool, also in…Read More
Our adventure began with an 8.5-hour drive from Dallas, Texas to Horshoebend, Arkansas. We arrived in Arkansas to a beautiful timeshare. A rustic two story log cabin located on the lake awaited us. We began our first morning at the indoor heated pool, also in a cabin like atmosphere. The weather had taken a turn for the worst, stormy and cold. We decided to hit the local Wal-Mart for warm weather attire and groceries. Much to our pleasing all winter attire was on sale. We were not going to let this freezing weather stand in our way of exploring the beautiful state for which we set sail. The activities director informed us about horseback riding and canoeing and all sorts of activities the local people offered. So, for dinner we took the children to a ranch just outside the resort, they were to serve ribs. Our children ages two and four went horseback riding, (and not a silly trail ride) followed by a tractor pulled hay ride, through over one hundred acres, to view the wildlife. On return to the ranch house, we were provided tons of incredible food. There was barbeque chicken, ribs, hot dogs, the best baked beans I have ever tasted, roasted corn, warm fresh rolls, etc. I mean a real deal meal!! There was also live entertainment, dancing, and just some pleasant company.
The next day the sun actually came out, so we decided to take our children canoeing down the ozarks. What a treat!! We went with a local company (actually about 20 minutes away.) The day before we had called and made reservations. This particular canoe ride was a 6-hour trip with lunch include. The wife of the tour guide made us the most incredible lunch to include fresh rolled lunchmeat and sandwich supplies, fresh veggies with dip, lunchables for the children, water, homemade cookies, fresh fruit and well a healthy eaters dream. We stopped halfway on the river to eat. Stopping on a rock bar and enjoying the beautiful eagles, butterflies, and such. Once on the river again we encountered a few small rapids. Talk about excitement. Plenty of excitement the whole time, especially the priceless looks from our little ones. The next day the sun was even warmer. We took to the timeshares property. They had paddle boats and canoes and a soft white sand beach to relax on. All in all Arkansas challenged our spirits and embraced our hearts. Here's to you, Arkansas.