Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Natural State would make a fine Plus One subject today. Something I learned today is the origin of the state's name. Here's Wikipedia : "The name "Arkansas" derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansas tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word "Arkansas" itself is a French pronunciation ("Arcansas") of a Quapaw (a related "Kaw" tribe) word "akakaze" meaning "land of downriver people" or the Sioux word "Akakaze" meaning "people of the south wind"." Arkansas, formerly part of the Louisiana Purchase, was the 25th state to join the Union (June 15, 1836) and did so just as neighboring Texas a few weeks earlier gained its independence from Mexico. Arkansas has produced some of the most famous people in recent American history - in sports, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Lou Brock and Jerry Jones; entertainment, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Floyd Cramer and in politics, William Jefferson Clinton. Arkansas is not called The Natural State for nothing. It's one of the most scenic states in the country. Need proof? How 'bout this? Or this. There's a slideshow right here that I offer as further evidence. Now that there is plum purty and 2.8 million Arkansans are very proud people..."people of the south wind".
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Jackman. I mean look at that picture! Does it not just scream, "Please come decimate my fish population!"? I have only been ice fishing once and that was in Colorado. In a few months, I'll double (and more!) that number in Jackman. Visitmaine.com (where you can order a free travel guide) tells us this : "Jackman is situated along the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway just before the U.S./Quebec border. This road is also known as the Arnold Trail because it traces Benedict Arnold’s route into Quebec during the American Revolution. The Attean View Rest Area, just south of Jackman, is a great place to stop for a picnic. From this vantage point, you have a clear view of Attean Lake and the network of ponds connected by the Moose River, with the western mountains as the backdrop." Fishin' not your cup of tea? How 'bout the exhilaration of white water rafting on the Kennebec, Penobscot or Dead River? Perhaps you'd like to experience Jackman in the winter time. You won't get cabin fever as you can still enjoy the wilderness of northwest Maine by snowshoeing, snowmobiling or even behind a team of sled dogs. Texas is home, make no mistake about it, but I can easily think of a lot worse places to be than The Pine Tree State. You know, this place is growing me. And I like it.
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