Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bloggers in History

A handful of my favorite friends and I took a step back in time last Saturday at our blogging meetup.

{Don't worry, we took the kids, too.}

The Southwest Arkansas Bloggers gathered at Historic Washington State Park for a day of adventure that included everything from candle making to chicken chasing. We figured it would be okay to tack a history lesson onto that old-fashioned face-to-face contact we crave every now and then. Our kids have become fast friends over the years, and I think they were as happy to get together as we were. The group included Karen of Ting's Mom and her two kids, Alicia, who writes at Simple Words by A, and her family, and newlywed/new-to-the-south Keisha of Big Pitt Stop. Spend a few minutes checking out their blogs this morning. You might find something to add to your reading list.

Though the morning started out in a downpour, we were lucky enough to see the clouds part and Arkansas June turn it up to 11. We explored the lush gardens, we spotted a chicken that Owen attempted to catch {no luck}, and we toured a home and several museums. This bunch heads to Washington once a year for the Jonquil Festival for corn dogs and crafts, but that's just the surface of what this town has to offer.

Washington was full of life in the mid-1800s and a lot of that life is preserved today. Tour guides were waiting at doorsteps with endless facts about what waited inside. We got to see century-old printing presses jump into action and hear what was served for Sunday dinner by the generations before us. What amazed me the most, however, is how absolutely into it the kids were.

We had a group of kids whose ages ranged from two to nine, and each one was glued. Nathan's hand shot in the air every time a tour guide asked for questions, Nora was first in line to dip her candle in colorful wax, and Owen even asked the man at the weapons museum if he could make a small purchase {no luck there, either}. The kids all got along, they shared lunch at their own table at Williams Tavern. They made what could have been a whine-fest a rather delightful day for everyone. High-fives, kids!

Keisha just moved to our area from NWA and I hope we made her feel welcome! We're pleased to grow our posse by one and I can't wait until the next chance we get together. Blogging is a fun way to share your story online, but it turns out it's also an amazing way to make real-life connections and real-life friends.

Also, if you haven't take a trip back in time at Old Washington, do yourself and your kids a favor this summer. The atmosphere is different {and the streets are less crowded} when you pick a non-festival Saturday. You can take your time reading, chatting up the tour guides, and learning so much about the role this little corner of Arkansas played in history. Check it out and invite us to tag along while you're at it. There's so much more we haven't seen!

Have a terrific Tuesday, y'all.

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Unknown said...

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun Saturday! So sad I had to miss it. Old Washington is one of my favorite places. Especially Earthquake Cake from Williams Tavern.

Jessica Bauer said...

We missed having you, Shea! It was such a fun idea to actually do something together AND sit around and talk. We should do it again.

Unknown said...

Looks like such a fun time. :) I am looking forward to meeting some of the other bloggers in Arkansas (I'm recent to NWA)!