Today we had a great time at the annual Arkansas-Louisiana Pathfinder and Adventurer Cardboard Boat Race held at Dierks Lake. My grand daughters and their cousins were participating. They spent the night before the race at our house and had an cookout and ice cream party followed by a slumber party.
To enter the boat race the kids had to build a boat with only cardboard, duct tape and paint. It was amazing how durable the girls boats were. After the race they spent quite some time just paddling around in the boats. They all had a really good time.
The girls were excited to win trophies and medals for their efforts.
Grandma and Papa had a lot of fun spending the day in such a beautiful place and seeing the girls have such a good time. After the race we had a picnic and then the kids spent the afternoon swimming.
On our way back home we took a "shortcut" over gravel mountain roads. Within just a few miles of the highway we came across a bridge that was impassable because there was three feet of water flowing over the bridge. We had to turn around and go all the way back to Dierks Lake so we could take the paved roads. On our way back to the lake we followed our GPS and were stymied three different times by locked gates across the roads. After an hour we finally made our way back.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.