Well, I feel pretty confident in saying that we explored as much of Arkansas as humanly possible in 30 minutes. While sipping some milk (the state beverage since 1985), we listened to Johnny Cash (born in Kingsland, AR) as we talked about the history and symbols of the state.
Next we talked about famous people from Arkansas, including former President Bill Clinton, writer Maya Angelou (born in MO, raised in AR), NBA star Scottie Pippen, and of course, the aforementioned Man in Black.
Finally, my fellow travelers humored me by joining hands and doing a bit of the state folk dance of Arkansas - the square dance. (I suspect I owe them big-time for this.)
After choosing Texas as our next state, we researched a little to find out what kinds of things we could see and do there. We made a long list and collectively decided to visit the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Aquarium, and the Poteet Strawberry Festival.
(And yes, we're cheating just a tiny bit here. From Little Rock to Dallas is 318 miles, and from Dallas to Poteet is another 309, and that's definitely over our 500 mile daily limit. But I'm willing to drive an extra 127 miles if there are chocolate-covered strawberries at the end of them.)
See you there!
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