Browsing Tag:


    Trumpeter Swans on Magness Lake

    While we were in the States over Christmas break, we traveled south to see my mom in Arkansas. She heard about some other northern visitors, and we drove to Heber Springs to check them out.

    Arkansas hosts hundreds of trumpeter swans every winter! The swans migrate from the Midwest to Magness Lake and enjoy the warmer temperatures from November through February. Trumpeter swans are the largest of waterfowl in North America and are the rarest type of swan. Their wingspan can reach up to 10 feet! The first three swans came to the lake in 1992; researchers think they were knocked off course by a storm. Swans mate for life and they teach their young their migration routes. Now, as many as 150 swans can be seen on the lake at a time.

    We stopped by the lake in the afternoon and saw around 25 swans, along with other ducks and geese. If we had stayed a little longer, we might have seen more fly in after their day out hunting. A friend gave us a bag of cracked corn to feed the birds. They were beautiful!


    Magness Lake swans


    Trumpeter swans on Magness Lake


    Magness Lake in Heber Springs


    Cracked corn on Magness Lake


    Flock of trumpeter swans


    Trumpeter swans through brush


    Cracked corn


    Holding cracked corn


    Trumpeter swans swimming


    Trumpeter swans


    Trumpeter swans


    Trumpeter swans


    David, Leah, Mom at Magness Lake


    To see the swans, take Arkansas 110 east from its intersection with Arkansas 5 and 25 just east of Heber Springs. Go 3.9 miles from the intersection to Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, marked with a white sign. Turn left onto Hays Road. Parking spots are available. The swans are best seen in the mid-afternoon to dusk hours.

    We look forward to visiting the swans over winters to come!



    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




    Summer So Far

    We’ve been back in the States for about two and half weeks for our summer break. Here’s a peek at some of what we’ve been up to…

    Eating fresh berries from Sam’s patch:


    Summer strawberries




    David grilling


    Spending time with two of our favorite people:


    Grandma and Grandpa


    Meeting our niece Claire:


    Dad with Claire


    Hanging out with her brother Jonah and family:


    Jonah sliding into the pond


    We drove to Tennessee for my sister’s wedding (more photos from that soon):




    Seeing my mom’s new property in Arkansas and the progress on her house:


    Mom on her new property


    Enjoying the lake near my mom’s:


    David fishing


    Arkansas Lake Shore


    Meeting up with dear friends from college:


    Heber Springs with friends


    Enjoying a Michigan summer at its finest:


    Deer in a field


    Pond at sunset


    Seeing David’s brother play ball:


    Ben in the Gus Macker


    What are your summer plams?