Fort Smith road trip


It’s Friday night and were all packed up and ready to roll.  Off to Fort Smith we go!!!!

Leave it to us to find a treasure along the way in Atkins, Arkansas.   It’s a beauty and we just could not resist stopping and taking a few snaps shots.

And….it was for sale. We totally thought it was us.  What do you think?

We finally made our way to Fort Smith to the beautiful Hampton Inn and Suites.



We got checked in and took our luggage to our spacious suite.  The accommodations at the Hampton were suburb in a suite with three beds.  Linda contacted us several time to make sure our stay was perfect, which it was.

Then dinner time at Jim’s Razorback Pizza and it was delicious!!  We had pizza and the salad bar.  The atmosphere was great and service was even better. It was perfect for Razorback fans with all the memorabilia. It would be a great place to bring the family and watch a ball game.


We needed a map for our photo shoot for the next day so we went out searching for the unobtainable paper road map of old.   Little did we know that these maps are so antiquated that they are nowhere to be found at gas stations, drugs stores, big box stores, etc.  Thanks to a friend who lives in Fort Smith who still owns a road map and was willing to let us use this Antique Roadshow worthy item for our shoot.

Back to the hotel for late night think tank for the blog and a little manicure session.


Finally to bed because we have a big day tomorrow!

We decided to brave it to breakfast exactly the way we woke up…..if you know us very well you will know that this was hard.


We went down for a delicious breakfast…. fuel for the day!

Now back to the room to make ourselves beautiful….in one hour.

The purpose of our trip to Fort Smith for the weekend was to do a photo shoot in a vintage 1964 Ford Thunderbird convertible.


Despite the sprinkles and battles with the scarves, the photo shoot went very well.

Not every picture was perfect….there are some bloopers.

None of this would be possible without Randy Blythe who graciously agreed to let us use this classic beauty, which by the way is for sale.  He not only allowed us to use the car for the photos, he jumped in and took some shots with us.

After the shoot we took a little tour of Fort Smith thanks to our friend Charlotte Scott who was a wonderful tour guide.

Jennifer and Charlotte suggested Calico County for lunch.  Any place that starts with dessert first is the bomb!  We had delicious homemade cinnamon rolls for appetizers and then a plate of home cookin’ goodness.  We would highly recommend stopping by if you are ever in Fort Smith.  We will definitely return here on our next trip to town.

One last stop before leaving town was to Rags and Calico, a cute little boutique, where we purchased our traditional Pandora charms for our travel bracelets.  (We will explain more about our travel bracelets in future posts.)

Thanks to our wonderful photographer Jennifer Langley Leeka and her helper Charlotte Scott we got some pretty awesome pictures.

Special thanks to Randy Blythe who said, “anything goes in this car because it was made for fun”.   We loved our photo shoot with this classic car that Randy dubbed “Hocus Pocus” in our honor 🙂





4 thoughts on “Fort Smith road trip

  1. I finally found you! When you commented on my blog I clicked on your website address with the in it and nothing comes up. I tried several times. I typed it in without WordPress in the address and YOUR BLOG came up! So now I know how to get to your Blog.

    What a fun post!!

    You all had a marvelous time. Love you all in the cool convertible!


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