For my family, it might as well be. The kids are out of school. The doors are off the Jeep. And it’s time to party!
Though summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, we kicked off the season with an incredible trip down to south Arkansas to enjoy the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie, one of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission’s many spectacular places to visit.
This beautiful, rural oasis was just what we needed to transition from the school/work flow to the easy days of summer. It offered us a great opportunity to relax and take in the wildflowers and scenic wonder outside of Hope. And we were able to relieve a little stress while blasting some targets during our day trap shooting.
You can read all about our experience on page 82, and then go plan your own trip!
That’s just the start of our summer. We have a whole bunch of trips planned and we want you to be a part of the fun, too. That’s why this month we’ve brought you some of our favorite summer getaways – just in time to make your busy summer schedule.
There’s Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which has dozens of incredible big cats like tigers, lions and more. Buffalo Outdoor Center is the perfect place to go when you want to spend hours on Arkansas’ favorite river. And that’s just scratching the surface. Check out all of them on page 72!
If you make it through all of these ideas and decide you’re still itching for more summer exploration, turn to page 66 and discover what the city of Jasper has to offer. The town may be small, but it’s packed with great places to see and even better places to dine.
And if history and Southern culture are your thing, turn to page 78 for a guide through some of the lesser known parts of the upper Arkansas Delta. This corner of our state is packed with historical, cultural and geological significance, including the childhood home of Johnny Cash, unearthed ancient civilizations and the mighty Mississippi River.
Maybe your summer will be full of wedding planning. We can help with that too! Turn to page 106 for the second edition of our AY Wedding Guide. We’ll connect you with the experts on every topic you could possibly need when preparing for the big day, from jeweler to invitations to the venue.
Whatever you have planned this summer, we hope it is full of fun. Bring us along with you!
Though you always tend to project your tough exterior, I know it is to keep me disciplined. I have reached that age now where I can see your motives clearly behind everything you ever asked me to do. It is only because of you that I can now judge what is good or bad for me.
I want you and everyone else to know that I have been gifted with the most amazing dad in the world. Being the stronghold in my life, you set a firm foundation for me to build my life on. The way you have always encouraged and motivated me, and guided me through the ups and downs of my journey is truly remarkable.
Happy Father’s Day!