Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July Weekend

This Fourth of July weekend, Sarah and I went up to my parent's cabin in Hardy, AR on the Spring River. We left Saturday at around 7:00pm and arrived there at around 9:30pm. We spent an hour or so just sitting on the front porch talking with my mom. The next day we went for a long walk with my dad down the river's edge and then we went up to Mammoth Springs to visit our family friend Glenda's cabin and check out the source of the river.

When we got back, we ate lunch and just sat on the porch for a while, watching the river. They kept pressuring us to go and canoe and swim in the river, but we didn't have swimsuits. So we instead went into town to check out the shops. It was Sunday, so some of them were closed, but there were several neat little shops, mostly filled with antiques. We did not get to go into the goth shop, the tattoo and piercing parlor or the book store.

When we got back from town, my mom insisted on teaching us how to play bridge, which is ultimately a pretty simple game, but the guidelines (not rules) for how you do the initial bidding are VERY complicated. Then there was dinner and we watched some fireworks. The next cabin over was launching the very large, loud fireworks from the road. That day my grandmother was also there, so Sarah and I spent the evening in a hotel.

The next morning we caught this show on TV called How the States Got Their Shapes. That show was way more interesting than it had any right being. We eventually had to stop watching it so we could check out. We got breakfast at The Corner Booth, which had some great, cheap breakfast food (served all day).

Then we took the hour-and-a-half drive to Mountain Home to check in on Sarah's dad. We visited him at the store and hung out with him for a while before he got off and we had some good grilled food. After being in Mountain Home for a couple hours, we drove back to Little Rock. We saw zero cops on the 3.5 hour drive home.