Tuesday, June 26, 2018

So what's the big deal about State and National Parks?

One of our goals while we are back in America is to take advantage of the (usually) free resources in our lovely National and Arkansas State Park systems.

With six different people and six different schedules living under the same roof, finding a time when we are all available has been quite the challenge,

but we made it out to nearby Wooly Hollow State Park for a few hours.  Aaron and I haven't been out here since before we got married, and the park had recently renovated.

We discovered we were a little rusty on our paddling skills, so this may be the training ground to get us back in shape for the Solomon Islands.

In addition to honing our water skills, we also hiked the beautiful Huckleberry Trail.

To help us track our park hopping, we've begun tagging the state map with photos from our visits in the last year.  

In previous years, we've visited Fort Smith and Blanchard Springs, but our map only includes trips we've made since we returned from the Solomon Islands last year (like Central High School National Historic Site, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Jacksonport State Park, Devil's Den State Park, and the Crater of Diamonds State Park.  We're hoping to add several more pictures and tagged locations before the family heads off to individual pursuits in August.

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