Oftentimes I find myself dreaming of traveling to far away exotic places, but the truth is we have so many gems right outside our back door. Arkansas is the Natural State, after all. My husband and I, after many years of research, purchased an Airstream last fall. We made the purchase during the busiest time for both of us and are just starting our outdoor adventures in the camper.
Our first real trip was in January on an unseasonably warm weekend, but that’s Arkansas! We went to Petite Jean State Park in Morrilton, Arkansas. What a beautiful place! We did lots of hiking on Bear Cave Trail, Rock House Cave Trail and to see Cedar Falls. If you go, be sure to take the Red Bluff Drive to see an amazing sunset. The rangers were very helpful and the restaurant was good food with gorgeous views. So get out soon and see your state!
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What a beautiful baby girl! Loved all the photos of sweet little Reese.

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Sweet six month session with baby Parker. Love the red hair!

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Our recent trip to New Mexico, while wonderful, did resemble a new installment of the Lampoon’s vacation franchise. We left a trail of vomit all over Northeast New Mexico, had car issues, etc. I wouldn’t trade it for the world though. We will forever have those silly shared memories with our son and nephew, who came along with us.
New Mexico is such a different landscape than home. I don’t know if I would enjoy it permanently but I do love to visit. I have some family in that part of the world and have had the opportunity to visit several times over the years. It is always interesting and unique every time. If you have never been to the Balloon Fiesta in the fall in Albuquerque, it is bucket list worthy.
We did some skiing and snowmobiling in Taos Ski Valley, but we also explored the area surrounding the town of Taos and Santa Fe. I love the laid back, friendly and open minded nature that is typical in the Southwest. Individuality is encouraged and accepted, which is somewhat different than the culture of the Southeast. The food!! I think I ate my weight in green chilis while I was there and sopapillas are always a must in New Mexico.
I hope you enjoy these photos from the trip and perhaps feel inspired to plan your own New Mexican adventure!

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