We got up at 5 Friday morning, got the car packed up and started our 6 hr drive up to Arkansas. I know some of you are probably thinking that is like the longest drive ever, but down here in Texas that's nothing for us! J had never been to Oklahoma before so he made us stop at one of the casino's that are along the road. Oklahoma is definitely not our favorite state. It didn't have much to look at scenery wise and was full of casinos. Once we hit Arkansas and whole new world opened up to us! I know what we saw isn't the whole state, but what we saw was so gorgeous!! We decided it was a mix of Oregon and Colorado. It was really green, hilly, and full of trees. Once we got to Eureka, we checked into our hotel and headed downtown to find someplace to eat lunch. We found a really old hotel that had a balcony restaurant at the top and we immediately knew we had to eat there. Oh I should go ahead and mention that it rained on us from the time we left Dallas into the night on Friday! It was so wonderful though because we don't get very much rain down here during the summer in Texas. Fun fact about Eureka, they don't have any traffic lights and they have no 90 degree intersections. Most of the lanes just yield and merge. It's pretty cool and makes it extremely easy to get around.
After we ate we walked up and down downtown. They have tons of shops, boutiques, food, you name it they got it. That night we tried out one of the many bars that were downtown. They had live music, so we got to sit outside and listen. I ordered a dreamsicle to drink, and it was SO good, try it if you ever get a chance, it tastes just like the popsicle!
Saturday morning we got up and decided to be tourists. We had looked up a lot of places around the town that we wanted to see so we set out. The first place we wanted to check out was called Thorncrown Chapel. It's a chapel out in the middle of nowhere with amazing architecture. It has all glass walls that make it look like you're outside. This place was breathtaking. I could've sat in there all day.
Next, we headed out to Lake Leatherwood. This is a small lake that is a few mins outside of town. It's so pretty. The water was warm and clear. It was really relaxing just staring out at the water!
After the lake we went to Beaver Bridge. We had seen a lot of photos of it in the shops downtown and wanted to see it for ourselves. It's a one lane, wooden bridge that looks like a mini version of the golden gate bridge. It was really pretty!
After the bridge we decided to head back to the hotel. We decided to get ready for the evening. We were going to spend the rest of the day downtown at the shops again, and check out a new bar. Once we got ready we decided to walk everywhere we could around town and take in the beauty and uniqueness of it all. They call this place "Little Switzerland" if you are needing a better visual of what it is like.
The rest of the night we spent at a really neat New Orleans-y French Quarter bar and lounge. It was super nice, and had a local band playing. The atmosphere was fun and something new for both of us. I tried ice cream and Kahlua for the first time, another you must try sometime!! :) Sunday morning we wanted to get on the road ASAP because of the long drive, so we checked out at 9 and headed back to the Big D!
All in all, this trip was amazing. It was great to spend some time with J since he has worked almost every weekend for the past three months. We were able to reconnect, talk, and just spend some good quality time together. I think everyone needs these kinds of trips when they are married. We kept our phones away (except for pictures) so that we weren't distracted by any means. We are already planning our next "mini-trip", any ideas for us? It's gotta be semi-close to Texas so we can just get in the car and drive!! Sorry this post is so long, but I wanted a good recap for myself for when I look back on it!