March 25-27: Little Rock, Arkansas. Can you believe that we are now in the fourth week into our traveling? 4 weeks we have been traveling full time, driving to new places, meeting new people, constantly together, and living out one of our biggest and greatest dreams. If you have not been following us and have happened to see our sticker on the back of Callie (our RV), welcome! We are Brenchley Travels. We decided to save up money for 3 years to have enough to travel around America, money to be able to settle down in a new state after our trip is done (besides Florida), and money to be able to get myself a new car (we are working with one car until after this trip). Our end goal is traveling from Florida to Denali National Park, Alaska to be campground hosts for 2 months during the summer. We have a mandatory date in mid July where we have to be there, but, we left on March 1 to be able to travel through areas we have never been too, explore America, and search for a new state to live in. It was a little idea that grew into what it is now. It’s crazy, but, we are full time travelers.
We entered into our 4th state for this trip, Arkansas, today. We just left my brother’s house in Spring, TN and now the next stop is to see Alec’s sister (Laurie) and his brother-in-law (Jason) in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s weird to me that we are already 4 weeks into our travels. We are still learning a lot everyday, but, it is getting a lot easier. We have learned simple things to help with living in a RV. One random one is to slightly pull the mattress out from the wall so that our feet don’t hang off. The head of the mattress is at a slant from the design of the RV itself, so by pulling the mattress out, you avoid that slant. We have learned how to quickly and properly pack up Callie for moving. We have made a long list for packing up and even the silliest of things are on that list. We have found that it really helps us move quicker. We did forget to put “check leveler is packed” on list and we ended up driving away with it still on the hitch. Thank God for leveler apps. We did this before our trip, but, we have really learned to meal plan and use up every last bit of food. From the apples to the carrots, you better believe that we are eating everything. We have learned a lot about RV maintenance. We found a recent lift in one of the sides of the shower walls that is now causing leaking. So, we have to deal with that. We have been learning how to use the oven. It’s gas powered and the burner is right before the bottom rack of the oven. I found that it was burning the bottom of my dishes. We had to place the rack up a level and now they are perfectly fine. We have had to learn about how to keep the septic tank smell from smelling up your bathroom through the toilet. By keeping some water in the toilet, it makes a tighter seal which prevents the smell. We have learned how to have “alone time” without actually being alone. Seems like a weird idea, but, it’s what we have had to do. I have mentioned this before ,but, we spend a lot of our driving time in silence. We are “alone” in those moments. We have had a lot of learning lessons. One of the most common questions we have gotten is “do you guys fight a lot or hate each other yet from this trip?” The answer is no. We rarely fought before this trip and now that has remained the same. We don’t really fight. Obviously we are living in a close space, but, we give each other space when needed, pray together throughout the day, and give each other love and respect. We both have always been very open about what’s bothering us and seem to move on very quickly from it. Life is too short. Why be angry?
We stopped only at a few places on the way to Arkansas. One of those places being Harpeth Scenic River State Park in TN.
It has a very short hike that leads out to a waterfall that was carved out by man. In the 1800s, slaves had carved out a tunnel on the side of a mountain to create a waterfall that would generate power for an iron mill.
It was strange for me to be around slave history. Being a Floridian, I never really had to be surrounded by slavery or something that was created by slaves. Human brutality is not something that should be celebrated. It is interesting that humans were able to carve through a mountain and that water could generate power. It’s interesting, but, weird. For me. We also stopped at the infamous Bass Pros Shop in Memphis, Tennessee. That place is like no other. I would say that Memphis isn’t the safest of the places that I have been too. I can think of several places that I would rather go too. It is very difficult not to stop by the downtown Bass Pros Shop.
It’s in the old pyramid music center and is seen throughout downtown. I mean, it’s extremely hard to miss. The store itself is like Disney World. It has walkways with water and fish under you, big fish tanks, a candy store that smells like sugar, an elevator that goes up the middle of the pyramid to a restaurant.
It is worth the stop.
It’s always refreshing seeing Jason and Laurie. They live on a few acres so we are able to comfortably fit Callie on their property. Better yet, they have full hook ups for our RV. That even includes a septic tank for sewage (very rare for a private property). Jason, being the good country man that he is, instantly went to work to help us feel more comfortable. He pulled out some wooden pieces and made us our own front porch for Callie. That man is just too much. We love coming out and visiting them. Country living is the best. They live right outside the city lines, so they have a lot of freedom. We shot their guns the last time we were here from their front porch. It’s just good fun without having to worry. We were excited to be in AR, see family, continue to plan out our upcoming routes, get some work done, and explore. We took the first full day to get errands and work done. I had to go to Walmart and return some things back to the UPS store. I went alone. Can I repeat! I actually went somewhere alone for the rest time in 4 weeks. I felt like a mom getting away from her kids. I had the windows down, the music up high, and just enjoyed my alone time. I even searched for a Target to go look around through while I was out, but, it was sadly to far away. Can anyone relate to that? It was a nice day to get work done while Laurie and Jason worked. The following day, we were told to go check out of The Big Dam Bridge.
It’s a dam that was built through the Arkansas River and has some beautiful parks surrounding it. They built a walk way right over the river and the dam. It was an absolutely beautiful day that day so we took out our bikes and cycled over it. It was low 60s, full sunshine, and a good breeze. It was a perfect day for a bike ride. Afterwards, we went downtown Little Rock. We sadly missed out on the Little Rock River Market.
They seem to close down early on the weekdays, but, you can tell that it must be very busy on the weekends. Loads of little shops and restaurants. It was cute. We did get to walk over the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. The bridge had beautiful, steel arches. It was a nice walk looking over the Arkansas River and some of downtown Little Rock.
There was a little park near the bridge with wooden pathways over the river and big open fields. It’s a perfect little area for families, dogs, etc. It was a great day exploring Little Rock, Arkansas.
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