So before we set out on our travels we agreed to certain terms for our map. Many people count states that they just travel through as states they have been in, others only count them in you stay for a night. We decided that in order to say you have been somewhere you have to experience something. Sometimes it is a meal that is specific to the area, a national park or state park, a special location of historic importance.
While we are in Memphis, TN we are actually staying in a park across the river in Arkansas. So we decided while we were visiting the area we would find something in Arkansas to experience as well. Little Rock is over two hours from our location so we decided not to go that far. I went online and found a few state parks in the area. One in particular caught my eye because of its historical importance. The state park is set around a stone that was put into place at the beginning spot where the Louisiana Purchase survey of the land started.
So I prodded Bill and got us loaded up in the jeep to go see a rock. We drove out about an hour to the state park. We arrived and saw a gate that says it is automatic and will close at 9pm. Hmmmm that is interesting. An automatic gate. We drive the next two miles into the “park”. Looking around this isn’t a park, this is a swamp. We drive to the end of the road and there really isn’t even a parking area just a dead end. We park the Jeep to one side of the road at the end and there is a nice little boardwalk. I am excited to get out and go for a nice walk on the boardwalk. I pull out my Run tracking app on my phone that helps track paths I walk and run and start it up. We start walking along the path and there is a sign here and there talking about the trees or the wildlife or the Louisiana Purchase. I turn a corner and… wait a minute… that’s it? The boardwalk ended up being about 3/8 of a mile long. Talk about a tease. There sitting off to the right at the end of the boardwalk is rock that states it’s purpose. I just drove over an hour to see a rock in the middle of a swamp? Well I guess we just experienced Arkansas. Check.