sunset over the arkansas ozarks frompetit jean state park

Day 2 – Arkansas Ozarks

Day 2 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Best Places to Visit in the Arkansas Ozarks

OMG!  As I left Dallas Tuesday, I told my mom it would be hard to sleep because it would be so hot…WRONG…whew, the wind was cold.  I closed up all of VANilla’s windows in the middle of the night!  I’m not complaining because I think sleeping on hot nights will be the most challenging. My “A/C” is an 8 inch, 12 volt fan.  Doubt that will cool down VANilla.  I’ll probably find out tonight!

Rich Mountain Fire Tower

To finish off the Talimena Scenic Byway, I stopped off at Rich Mountain Fire Tower, located on the highest peak of the Ouchita Mountains (2,681 feet).  Today I was able to enjoy some of those scenic vistas without the fog and cloud cover of yesterday.

sunset point ouachita mountains oklahoma

Day 1 – Traveling the Talimena Scenic Byway

Day 1 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways


Nine hours and 260 miles later I have arrived at my campsite for the night in Queen Wilhelmena State Park in the Ouachita Mountains.  What a day!  My mom, Bart and Gabby wished me goodbye around 8 this morning, and I spent the rest of the morning driving to Talihina (Indian for iron road), Oklahoma (Indian for red people) to start my first scenic drive, the Talimena Scenic Byway.  Long drives are always good for random thoughts, interesting radio shows, and unique billboards to say the least.