04 Jul

Happy Independence Day!

And Happy Birthday to my mom, who always claims the fireworks are in her honor.

It’s been a heck of a couple of weeks.  My front office manager went on vacation for 10 days, leaving me alone to run a hotel full of obnoxious baseball kids.  The parents were busy drinking, so I finally stepped in and began disciplining the unruly bast…., *deep breath*, the adventurous, unmonitored, teens, and was able to keep some semblance of peace through the weekends.

As soon as she returned, I fled the hotel and didn’t look back. I was ready for a much needed break.

Hubby and I took great advantage of my time off, and the beautiful weather, and the wonderful outdoors that I never realized this area has.

We loaded the bikes up in his new car, and traveled just across the border into Arkansas.  The bike paths there are phenomenal.

At least 30 miles of paved bike trails lead from Bella Vista to Fayetteville, Arkansas.  While we didn’t ride it all, what we saw rivaled what I’ve always imagined Colorado’s bike baths are like.

We grabbed lunch at the Mello Mushroom in Rogers, AR, and then made our way back – stopping more often to enjoy the sites.


And if this weren’t enough, we rode down to the Grand Falls yesterday to take in the beautiful scenery.

While Joplin, at first glance, wasn’t quite where we were hoping to settle after St. Louis, we have been pleasantly surprised.  The area is definitely fulfilling my desire for physical outdoor activities, while still being close to shopping and restaurants galore.

Not to mention the hotel has had an extremely successul first half, and I’m getting all the credit.  I’m feeling like a pretty lucky girl these days.



Posted by on July 4, 2017 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Freedom

  1. Abby

    July 5, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Yeah, go Arkansas! Nice photos of your bicycling adventures. Those paths look very nice, so where are the other riders? Where are the panhandlers asking you for weed? And go Joplin!
    Happy fourth to you, and happy Birthday to your mom!

    • shadowrun300

      July 6, 2017 at 1:34 am

      There were actually many other riders and walkers out there, just not when we were taking pics. They also have terrific mountain biking paths alongside the paved paths, so there were tons of “kids” out having fun too. But no panhandlers begging for weed. Colorado has one up on us in that regard. 😉

  2. llcooljoe

    July 6, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Erm aren’t you cycling on the wrong side of the path? 😉

    Glad you had some time to yourself. I love the bicycle statue.

    • shadowrun300

      July 9, 2017 at 12:54 am

      Erm… yes… but shouldn’t you be thinking it’s the correct side? 🙂
      It was a grand day. And one I would like to repeat again soon!


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