I just returned from my trip to Arkansas and I’ll admit it… this state surprised me. When I started my journey, I had this idea that Arkansas was going to be dry, hot, and kind of dull. I was misinformed, and my time in Arkansas was the opposite of what I expected. I can’t get over how beautiful it is!
My first indication that this state was going to be more impressive than I imagined was when I got my first taste of their milk chocolate raisin cluster, which happens to be their state chocolate! It’s amazing. They are the perfect blend of sweet, mouth watering chocolate and tart raisins. I could eat them all day long.
As soon as I crossed into the state, I decided to head north. I went straight to the top of Mount Magazine, the highest point in the Arkansas. It towers an impressive 2,753 feet above sea level. Standing up there, I felt like I could see the entire state. It was a gorgeous view and made me feel tiny in relation to the vast world below.
Of course, getting to the top of Mount Magazine was quite the hike. It’s a good thing I had a milk chocolate raisin clusters tucked away in my pack. Without that chocolate kick, I don’t think I would have had the energy to hike back down again.
I was amazed by Arkansas’s elaborate water system. Everywhere I looked, I saw another river. The state has a total of 600,000 acres devoted to various lakes, and contains 9,700 miles of rivers, creeks, and streams. Granted, the water levels are pretty low right now, Arkansas has been hit hard by drought the last three years, but I wasn’t going to let that keep me away from that water. I rented a kayak, grabbed a life jacket and set out on my next adventure.
I’m convinced that the best way to see Arkansas has to be from the inside of kayak. The rivers weave and twist through parts of the states roads simply don’t go to. The slow moving rivers meant I had plenty of time to take lots of pictures. I can’t wait to print out the shots I took of the apple blossoms, which happens to be the Arkansas state flower, a family of mockingbirds, some deer, and the stunning Ozark mountains.
While kayaking I made some new friends and shared the milk chocolate raisin clusters I’d brought along. Everyone agreed that the sweet combination of milk chocolate and fat raisins was the perfect treat. It gave us a quick energy burst and it was a fun moment to share the state chocolate with my new friends!
Even before I arrived in Arkansas, I was pretty stoked about the opportunity to visit Mountain View, a city that embraces the pioneer way of life. It was even more magical than I’d imagined it would be. Everyone I spoke to agreed that the milk chocolate raisin cluster would have been a treat the original settlers in the area would have loved. The current residents sure do!
I was sad when my time in Arkansas drew to a close. But there are more states to visit and more chocolates to try!