Monday, May 28, 2007

2,753 feet above mean sea level

YES! We did it! We broke free, whole famn damily style! We made it out of Dallas on a Memorial weekend quest for higher elevation.

First stop... Hot Springs Arkansas (4 hour drive from the Big D)
We stayed there Saturday night and hiked around in Hot Springs National Park on Sunday morning.

The girls loved hiking and collecting rocks and pinecones

J Lo hiking with my girls

Downtown Hot Springs is beautiful and the national park is the heart of it. Tom and I loved this old Art Deco hotel (above) and the old bath houses on main street (below).

For all the national park junkies, did you know....
Hot Springs Reservation, the first designation of Hot Springs National Park, was set aside by Congress in 1832. This makes Hot Springs National Park the oldest unit in the national park system, 40 years older than Yellowstone National Park.

Next stop... Mount Magazine state park

Finally... some elevation! Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest point at 2,753 feet and coming from Dallas, we enjoyed every foot of it.

"I'm sailing I'm sailing!"

J Lo with the girls...again

That's a ring pop on Tess's finger, excellent ammo for road trips!

We hiked the North Rim Trail, 2.2 miles, and other than the massive rain storm that started at about mile 1.5, the girls did great.

Hiking with Deli

We stay in one of the state park's one bedroom cabins

makin' smores

smores for dinner
trying to recover from suger overload

Trip Stats:
number of Spinach Capitals of the World visited = 1 (Alma Arkansas)
number of Magnolia Capitals visited = 1 (Durant, Oklahoma)
number of times Deli fell and bloodied herself while hiking = 5
number of times Tess fell and bloodied herself while hiking = 2
number of times Deli asked to go home during the rain
storm on the hike = 57
number of Sonic shakes consumed (primarily chocolate oreo
with extra oreo) = 8
number of DQ blizzards consumed (primarily chocolate oreo
with extra oreo) = 3
number of Sonics visited total = 5
number of Sonic car hops with braces and blonde ponytails that
said "OOOhhh, y'ALL have like the cUUUtest little fAAAmily"= 1
number of mosquito bites = 437
number of times watching Star Wars episode 4 = 1
number of times asking to watch Star Wars episode 4 = 32
number of happy, unbeaten children = 2
number of happy, marriages remaining = 1