The Monday of our spring break road trip saw Taryn and I make the drive west from Arkansas to Oklahoma. Our plan was to spend most of the day on the Talimena National Scenic Byway, stopping regularly to enjoy the views and maybe do some hiking.
Little Missouri Falls. Sucker that I am for running water, it was an easy choice -- especially after all the references I saw to the place in Arkansas tourism guides.
Indian Trail Highway we came across a small pond, where the conditions actually contributed to a very nice atmospheric scene.
Red Slough Wildlife Management Area hoping to see some roseate spoonbills or purple gallinules. Instead we got a rotting coyote carcass and this broad-banded watersnake. Ah, well -- that's how nature rolls sometimes.
A few short hours later our trip was over and it was back to life as normal. I'm glad my kids are both still willing to go on these little adventures. To me, they produce some of what I hope will be our most long-lasting memories regardless of clouds, birds, or anything else we do or don't see. We get time together experiencing new places, something that can never be taken away.