Road Trip!

We took a short road trip on Wednesday to the small town of Jasper, Arkansas (population 458) to visit my husband’s family.  Jasper is tucked in a valley between the mountains of Northwest Arkansas.  I grew up in a small city in the Ozarks (and I still live here), but, places like Jasper and other small towns were just a “stone’s throw away” from where I lived.  Having grown up in the Missouri Ozarks and hearing all the jokes about “hillbillies”,  I used to dream about living in a big city with tall buildings, art galleries, and stores with huge windows filled with lots of man-made desires of the retail kind.

When I sneak off to places like Jasper and take in the scenery, I’m very appreciative of the hidden nuggets of wonder and scenes from a time-gone-by.  The hills become my skyscrapers, old rock and wood architecture becomes my art gallery, and the landscape becomes my window to the beauty of creation.  I guess it’s true….”Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks!”

If you enjoy camping, canoeing, hiking, and finding unique little towns, you should travel to Arkansas and Missouri.  Just make sure to bring your motion sickness medication for the curvy and hilly roads!

Here are just a few pics of our road trip.  The pictures were mostly taken from my moving vehicle with an iphone, so please excuse the lighting and any flaws!  Enjoy!

One more shot of the ghost of an old amusement park
One more shot of the ghost of an old amusement park
Remnants of an amusement park called "DogPatch USA".  I remember going as a child.
Remnants of an amusement park called “DogPatch USA”. I remember going as a child.
more images from the abandoned amusement park
more images from the abandoned amusement park
"DogPatch USA"
“DogPatch USA”
Yes, people still lives in log cabins :)
Yes, people still live in log cabins 🙂
Lots of people float the Buffalo during the summer season!
Lots of people float the Buffalo during the summer season!
another image of the square
another image of the square
They call this "Little Switzerland"
They call this “Little Switzerland”
Ozark Cafe - over 100 years old & definitely worth the drive to eat there!  We were sad it was closed yesterday.  You can find out more about it http://www.ozarkcafe.com
Ozark Cafe – over 100 years old & definitely worth the drive to eat there! We were sad it was closed yesterday. You can find out more about it on their website: http://www.ozarkcafe.com
historic landmark
historic landmark
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I wish this little store was open! No telling what kind of gems I could have found in there!

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cute little food truck!

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