In April I had the chance to return to where I consider home. The great, but not very well known, state of Arkansas. It’s not filled with an abundance of tourist destinations but that’s what makes the state so fantastic. Because everyone makes it feel like home.
The reason why we were back was to spread my father’s ashes by his favourite fishing pond on our family farm. But we still had the opportunity for lots of fun and I got to immerse myself in the American culture.
Go large or go home … everyone knows if you want more for your money, you head to the States, everything is larger: The roads, the cars, the houses, the shops … and yes, the portions too. Portion sizes in the south are enough to put you in a food coma for a week, so yes of course I went for the largest dish I could each time. Definitely worth it.
The people in Arkansas definitely make it special. It’s my belief that because very few tourists visit this state that they have created a community, and treat people like they want to be treated. Or at least the people I have come across. People that you meet out and about will have a conversation with you and the service is so much better then it is here. Servers are polite and well mannered. They want you to have an experience not just eat their food or buy their merchandise. It leaves you wanting to return.
And finally. Mount Pinnicle. One of the highest points in Arkansas and a beauty to climb. I’ve climbed it twice now. Both times with my cousin Will, it’s becoming a tradition that we go hiking whenever I’m over. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The side we climb is actually bouldering, having to leap from one big rock to another. It’s a very tiring climb, but the view from the top is worth it. You can see from miles around even up the Arkansas river.
Some of the best places you can visit around the world are the places which many people don’t know about. Hidden gems, Arkansas is known as the diamond state after all .