On Sunday, we headed home. 🙁 We have agreed that we’d like to go back though. Next time I think we’ll rent one of the cabins though. They seemed pretty neat, too!
We were definitely glad that we got out and did our hiking on Saturday, as it was freezing cold on Sunday! I insisted on taking the time to take a few photos in front of the house on our way out, and by the time we got the car loaded, the tripod set up, two pictures taken, the tripod hurriedly put away, and ourselves in the car…my hands were so cold that they hurt terribly. I got a cute picture though!
We also stopped for a second in Snowball to take a picture of something that we had laughed about all weekend every time we saw it. Do you notice something a bit odd about this picture?
That new Pepsi machine really stuck out in this little building, surrounded by other dilapidated buildings and houses. We aren’t really sure why it is there or if it was even filled. However, at night we could see the lit up, blue machine a ways off as we were approaching Snowball.
Overall, it was our favorite kind of trip…nothing planned except our lodging! We had a great time, just driving around exploring the backroads of the area. I’d really like to go back in October/November when all the leaves are changing. I’m sure there are lots of beautiful colors then. I’d also like to see it in the Spring. Hmmm….I’m getting an idea of what I might want for my birthday. 🙂
Saturday morning we decided to take a walk to see the other buildings on the property. Across the road from our house, was a barn and two restored log cabins from the 1870’s. They also rent the cabins.
Steven, on the porch of the first cabin
hanging out in the old barn…
the barn Mr. Scarecrow
a sign that hangs on the outside of the barn
After our short walk, we decided to take a drive to do a bit more exploring. We discovered the dead ends of a couple of gravel roads, at which people were actually living…and people think WE live in the boondocks? I’m pretty sure our house is nothing compared to the end of a gravel road, on a mountain, outside of Snowball, Arkansas!
After enjoying the scenery for a while, we headed into Marshall to grab some groceries for dinner that night. We also stopped for lunch…at a Mexican restaurant. Imagine that? :o)
That afternoon, we went for another walk. This one was quite a bit longer than the first! We decided to go up the trail, past the first cabin and the barn. We found a hiking trail off to the side and followed it up into the woods. There, we came across this cool old house!
We also saw an elk track! I think that was Steven’s favorite part of the entire trip!
That walk/hike ended with me being exhausted! Steven took a picture of me resting on a big rock before we headed back, but I’ll spare you! It’s kind of scary! haha I’m not sure exactly how far we hiked, but it was at least 3 or 4 miles, most of it up hill. Oh, and did I mention my husband isn’t one of these always-stay-on-the-path hikers? Well, he’s not. This resulted in me getting whacked in the face/arm/leg with a branch or two, almost stepping in horse poo, almost slipping on my rear while climbing over rocks, etc. It was definitely an interesting “walk”! When we got back to the house, my sweet husband suggested we go for another drive, so that we could enjoy some scenery and I could sit down for a while. 🙂
This time we discovered the end of another gravel road…and a SCHOOL BUS tow truck! Oh yeah, now that’s custom!
When we returned to the house from our second drive, I set to work in the kitchen to bake Steven a belated birthday cake. (Note to self: next year call Courtney!) While the cake tasted fine, it certainly wasn’t our beloved Courtney Cake.
Steven enjoyed a massive piece of the cake…
After our mini birthday celebration, we headed into Marshall to see a movie…
at the drive-in! We saw Four Christmases, which was cute. Marshall has the only drive-in movie in Arkansas that is open all year.
Last Friday, Steven and I headed out for a relaxing weekend away to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. When we planned our honeymoon we were torn between renting a cabin in the Ozark Mountains and going to Nashville. In the end, we decided on Nashville because…well, because I got 2nd row seats to see Andy Griggs! haha We had a ton of fun though! We did something different and fun every single day we were there. However, we weren’t anxious to rush back into a big city this year. Actually, Jonesboro is getting too big for us day-by-day. So, we decided for our first anniversary we would go with our second choice for our honeymoon.
After doing some research on the Internet, I came across a huge listing of getaway rentals in Arkansas. We finally agreed on a beautiful old farm house in Snowball, Arkansas.
Where is Snowball? Right here…
It is far enough out that we got zero phone service at the house we rented. Imagine that! A weekend without a cell phone ringing? Oh, it was marvelous!
(Ok, ok…I admit it. I did check my e-mail/facebook/texts when we drove into Marshall on Saturday. )
Anyway, this is what we saw when we arrived on Friday night.
And the outside during the day
Here are some photos of the inside of the house.
This is the living room, where you enter from the front door.
We spent a lot of the weekend reading here, next to the fireplace in the living room.
Above is the second bedroom. This room is just off the left of living room. It has two full beds, a door that opens to the screened-in back porch, and a door that opens to the front porch (the solid green door seen in the picture of the outside of the house).
This is the kitchen. The door in the back of the first photo goes to the bathroom.
The main bedroom. This one was hard to get a picture of because of the shape of the room. It isn’t as small of a room as it looks in the picture though. There was a queen size bed with plenty of room to walk around, with room to store shoes, suitcases, etc. on the sides. It is off the left side of the kitchen.
The pretty back porch
Ok, it’s really late so I will post more about our trip later.
Yesterday marked our first wedding anniversary and Steven’s 25th birthday! Woohoo!
After church, we went out to eat with my parents, Whitney, and Adam. Then we went back to my parents’ house to cut our cake. For some reason, my computer decided not to rotate most of my photos when they were uploaded, and blogger doesn’t give you that option, SO these are the only ones I’m posting here. I’m just too lazy to mess with it. The others are posted and rotated on Facebook though. Hint: there was a bit of cake smashing present….and drink pouring… If you want to see the rest of the photos, click here. (You don’t have to have facebook to view the album.)
I got an iPhone! Steven went out and looked at them Friday morning, and we went that night to pick it up. Yes, I’m already obsessed and in love! Don’t worry, he didn’t get totally left out. He got to keep my BlackBerry.