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    Benny’s Arkansas Adventure

    While David’s parents and brother were on a service trip to Haiti, we traveled back to Arkansas and took Benny with us. It was Ben’s first time visiting Arkansas. We drove two cars so we could take one to Mom. One car didn’t have air conditioning, and the day we traveled was one of the hottest days of the summer. Guess who had the car with the AC? (Hint: David is too good to me.)


    Arkasans welcome center


    Mom’s still working on her house, but her fifth wheel worked well for the four of us. And we took full advantage of the lake! We spent one afternoon at the Heber Springs Dam Site Park, and the boys had a blast jumping off of the cliffs into the water.


    Greers Ferry Lake map


    We rented a pontoon another afternoon. Mom looked right at home behind the wheel!


    Mom driving the pontoon


    On the pontoon




    Aside from the lake, we all got in some reading:


    Reading in the fifth wheel


    The weather cooled off later in the week. We saw a lot of beautiful sunsets:


    Sunset and mist over Greers Ferry Lake


    Ben fishing at sunset


    The boys camped one night at Blanchard Springs and Caverns. They explored the caves and caught a few trout!


    Blanchard Springs and Caverns


    David holding a trout


    While the boys were off doing their thing, Mom and I visited my alma mater Harding University. A trip to Searcy wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Doc’s Grill! It was one of the first restaurants we visited back in 2006 during my college visit.


    Doc's Grill in Searcy


    We stopped by the fountain to see my brick. Mom got it for me as a graduation gift:


    My Harding brick


    There wasn’t a lot of progress on Mom’s house while we were there, but the builders did deliver the timbers the day before we left:


    Mom's house timbers


    We had a blast and are so excited to see Mom’s cabin on the lake the next time we’re back in Arkansas.


    Family at sonic