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The Edwards Family Goes To An Art Museum

Last weekend my parents came to stay with us for the weekend. On Saturday, the weather was beautiful so we made the 30 minute trip north to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

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Crystal Bridges opened in November (11-11-11 to be exact) and has gotten a lot of national press, but this was our first trip.

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Aside from the fact that I got scolded from being less than 18 inches away from a painting within two minutes of entering the first gallery (but that’s a story for another day) we had a lovely trip.

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crystal_bridges-20My mom and sister

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Recognize this lady?

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crystal_bridges-23My sweet parents

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This is my husband’s “I don’t really give a sh** about Pinocchio” face

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I would like this Andy Warhol Dolly Parton painting in my living room, please.

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This piece was made entirely out of puzzle pieces

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This piece was an entire wall of spools of thread.

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When you looked at it upside down it depicted The Last Supper

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Overall, I was really impressed with Crystal Bridges. If you’re ever in the Northwest Arkansas area I would definitely recommend you make a visit.

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A Train Ride Through the Ozarks

 

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I recently had the opportunity to ride the Arkansas Missouri Railroad from Springdale to Van Buren during our ‘peak’ foliage week in the Ozarks.

train_camera  I was tagging along with my co-worker and Fayetteville’s group tour manager Julie and loved every minute of it.

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The restored passenger cars are artifacts in themselves, some almost one hundred years old.

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Unfortunately it was raining that day so my pictures don’t do justice to the beautiful range of colors, but I did snap a few worth sharing.

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Blurry and rainy artsy foliage photos

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We left from the Springdale Frisco train depot and started our journey south. Before we knew it, the train was being robbed by two masked horsemen. The horror!

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Don’t worry, we survived and had a lovely trip to the metropolis of Van Buren– Non-locals, I apologize. That’s an Arkansas joke. Let’s just say Van Buren is not exactly urban.

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On the trip back from Van Buren, we rode in a 1914 ( I think?) two story, dome car.

Oh yeah. And this definitely happened.

conductors         Here’s a picture of Julie taking a picture of the train about to head into a tunnel.

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Did that just blow your mind?

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Julie and I with her Razorback mascot Rookie Red.

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Albeit a little wet, it was a lovely day on the train. If you’re in the Northwest Arkansas area, I definitely recommend taking a train trip into the past on the Arkansas Missouri Railroad.

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