A good share of those leaves are in the bed of my truck.
One of the leaves up close. Approximately the place that I photoed the close ups that day.
Somewhere in Oklahoma ... or was it in Arkansas? ... we stopped for a break, and as I was putting the dogs back into the car, I saw these teeny little flowers in the grass.
So delicate and pretty!
And speaking of the states I passed through today ... I think it is funny that in Kansas, the Arkansas River is pronounced Ar-kan-sas, but in Arkansas (the state) the same river is pronounced Ar-kan-saw, just like the name of the state. And I got to wondering as I drove along ... what do they call it in Oklahoma? Ar-kan-okla? Ar-kan-homa? (For that matter, what about in Colorado; is it called the Arkanado?) How did we come to have two states whose names are spelled the same, at least the last six letter, but have them pronounced so differently?
Where did the "w" sound come in at the end of Arkansas? I mean, Kansas is pronounced logically correct. Buuuuuut......
There is a river in Kansas which empties into the Missouri River right in KC. It is the Kaw River. Or the Kansas River, depending on who you're talking to. The Kansa people, Native Americans, named it the Kaw, but some people called it the Kansas River after the Kansa people. Are you following me? Good, because I don't know that I could possibly repeat it!!
All that is confusing enough, but the I looked up the name of the state, and here is what Wikipedia says: "The name Arkansas is a French pronunciation of a Quapaw word meaning "land of downriver people". The pronunciation "arkansaw" was made official by an act of the state legislature in 1881. " So, we came up with two similar words/names that confuse the hell out of me!!
Whew! I feel so much better after getting that off my chest!! And I'm sorry if I confused you with my babblings, but now you see what happens when I'm left alone in a car by myself for many hours. Nope, it ain't pretty!
I also discovered that the music of The New Christie Minstrels makes really good driving music. Yesterday Kylee listened to a couple of their ballads which tell "tall tales," and she mentioned that it would make good music to listen to on a trip. I tried it, today, and, hot diggidy dog! It is!! Most of it is lively and funny with occasional moody, melancholy ballads thrown in. Then add in "This Land is Your Land," "Green, Green," "Ramblin'," "The Drinkin' Gourd," "Today," and a few more, and it is movin' on music! We moved today!
No, I didn't drive stupid. I drove the speed limit and was careful. We took several stops to get gas, have potty breaks and also just to stretch our legs. Including the stops, it took just under 8 hours, and I wasn't terribly worn out. I bypassed Lonoke which is just east of Little Rock and drove on another hour to Forrest City. I was ready to stop, but not exhausted. It was a good trip. I saw one wreck along the way, I think in Little Rock. A sports car had been seriously flattened by some big truck with a huge tank on the bed. All the glass was shattered in the car. Apparently the driver of the little car was apparently OK, because the trooper was just walking casually around, everyone at the crash site was smiling and laughing, and I saw no blood in the car. I 'spose it wasn't bad, but it looked gross. Glad it wasn't me.
I've never been to this part of Arkansas, the central part. I'd only been to the extreme northern edge a couple times, and to Siloam Springs in the northwest corner a few times to visit my first husband's grandmother, many, many years ago. I was struck with how much the ladscape resembles the Kansas City area, but with denser growth. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, because they are in the same range of hills. It surprised me, at any rate. Driving along I was struck with the beautiful colors of fall. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a picture, or rather I didn't think of it when there was a place I felt safe to stop. Anyway, I wrote about it several years ago, and if you'd like to read a short essay, go here.
I called ahead and a couple of the motels were horribly expensive, nearly $100. Yeah, for a "single"!! A call to Day's Inn netted a much better rates. Even with a $5 charge per dog, it was less than $75. As I drove on in here, I began to worry about if it might be a real dump. When I pulled it, I was absolutely delighted! It is a very nice, seemingly new establishment. And I was even happier when I opened the room. It is huge!! Honestly, this is the largest room I've even stayed in! Look at this (sorry the pix are kinda blurry) ....
I don't have a tape measure, but I "stepped it off," and it is approximately 25 x 18!
That is a king size bed with ample room on either side.
This is a room big enough for a party! Anyone wanna join me??
Alright, you guys, I'm gonna get some rest! Mañana!!
Life is beautiful!!!
In any state of the Union, if you just look around!!