It's no secret I'm a big fan of Northwest Arkansas. There is just something about that area that speaks to me. I made a recent trek up the old Highway 71 from Alma to Fayetteville. I used to drive this path whenever I needed to reflect or gain clarity of thought. It still does the trick! Here are a few of the things that made my heart skip a beat on this particular day...
First of all there is no denying God's masterpiece. The hills, the trees, the lakes - they speak of His amazing creativity and remind me of His awesome power. Worries can't help but melt away from this view!
Did someone say shopping? There are many small craft and antique stops along the way. You can always find an Arkansas treasure or two. I couldn't resist one of these hematite crosses for only $1 on this trip!
Traveling this road is like taking a step back in time to my childhood. This wall of jams and jellies reminds me of my granny's home. She had a shelf just like this that lined one wall of her kitchen. It was filled with yummy treats, too. My favorites were the pickled okra and the boysenberry jam. Yummy, happy memories!
I ended my trek at my old Alma Mater. This is Old Main - isn't she beautiful? It was the original building for the University of Arkansas. It was restored while I was in college and I was fortunate enough to have classes in the building. My name is also inscribed on the famous Senior Walk. I like the feeling of being connected to this rich history.