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Our Arkansas Vacation 2009

Harmony Mountain Retreat-photo by Janet T.
Harmony Mountain Retreat-photo by Janet T.

At the end of April, DS Chris and I took a vacation in Arkansas with some of my quilting friends.  We stayed in a large log cabin out in the woods and quilted the time away.   The cabin has pretty much everything you could want but we were somewhat disappointed to find the owners hadn’t taken care of some of the maintenance issues from last year and there were new issues this year.  The biggest plus is the size.  It has 8 suites and enough room for several quilters to set up machines for sewing all in the same room.

It’s a trip I look forward to every year.  It’s a special time for all of us.

Chris T. on left, Chris R. on right (outside Rolando’s after a nice lunch-downtown Hot Springs)

A  friend from childhood/high school and his wife  live in Hot Springs, AR which was a slight detour on our home trip.   Our son Chris is actually named after him (Chris Raybon)  and one of my dear friends (Chris Tartt Doggett) who is no longer with us.  I wanted to use the name Chris and Don said “fine as long as he is named after both Chris’s”.   Don and Chris R. were friends also and shared an interest in racing cars so that worked out well.

My Chris (this gets confusing doesn’t it?  Let’s call him CT.) and I stayed overnight in Hot Springs and had a wonderful visit with Chris  and his lovely wife Adrianne.  We ate lunch at an Ecuadorian restaurant called Rolando’s and spent time catching up.

We took a “Chris-Guided” walking tour of downtown Hot Springs and were able to see some of the actual springs and walk through some of the bath houses.  Chris  took us up the observation tower which has an incredible view of Hot Springs.  Thank goodness it has an elevator!


Peonies and Bearded Iris

When we arrived at our hotel room, we were greeted with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Adrianne’s flower gardens and a basket of yummy snacks.  The fragrance from the Peonies was heavenly and since Bearded Iris are my very favorite flowers it made the bouquet all the more special.   What a treat that was!

I was enthralled with her gorgeous flowers so I took lots of pictures of those.  I know we’re not supposed to be able to grow Peonies this far south but after seeing hers….I’m determined to give it a try.  I don’t want anyone to tell me I can’t do it successfully so please resist the urge 🙂 but I will gladly take suggestions on what I “can” do to make it work. I am hard headed if nothing else.  🙂

Fisherman’s Wharf

We ate dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf on the deck overlooking beautiful Lake Hamilton.

Chris and Adrianne Raybon

Chris and Adrianne Raybon

From left: Sheryl, Adrianne, Chris R., Chris T.

From left: Sheryl, Adrianne, Chris R., Chris T.

Here are some photos of Adrianne’s flowers and a few shots of our downtown tour.



Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris



In front of Ozark bath house

In front of Ozark bath house

Chris T. standing over "hot" springs

Chris T. standing over "hot" springs

Side Street downtown Hot Springs, AR

And lastly one of the reasons I love Arkansas….the winding side streets and wonderful hill-side houses.

There are many more pictures…way too many to put on this blog.

Thanks to my quilty friends for a great week in the cabin and a special thanks to Chris and Adrianne for making the end of our trip a memorable one.


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  1. Alan Lashley

     /  June 14, 2009

    Thank you for sharing your trip,it was gourgeous.You are looking good.Wish we all could get together in the future soon,I miss everyone. Chris R. has not changed any,I heard from him couple years ago by email but didnt stay in touch.
    Keep up the good work,sounds like you are staying busy.
    Lets keep in touch, love ya, BoHawk

  2. susan warbington

     /  June 18, 2009

    Loved you for making me a part of your trip.You can grow peonies in the south, have them in my yard. Susan Warbington

  3. Kathy Attaway Hawkins

     /  June 18, 2009

    Great trip/enjoyed the photos… would also love to see everyone again soon.Let’s make it happen this year. Luv, Kat


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