Day 6 was the beginning of the end for our trip, it was time to make our way towards home! It took a while to get the girls out of bed, they had been staying up late and actually slept in. You probably don't understand how monumental that is. I have seen these kids stay up until 2am, sleep in a windowless hotel room and STILL pop out of bed at 7am like clock work. The last time I saw them sleep like this was our trip to Disney.
After eating breakfast and getting everything packed up, we started making our way out of town. First, we made a quick stop for a park and grab geo-cache.
Fort Smith National Historic Site, so we took Hwy 65 south and then Hwy 412 west towards Springdale. We saw a billboard on the road for Osage Clayworks and I'm a sucker for handmade pottery, so we stopped in for a visit. There was a little bit of drama at first. Sedona remember the last visit to a pottery store and started crying as soon as we pulled up. I promised her it wouldn't be the same and thankfully I was right. She calmed down right away when she saw the dog and cat roaming the store. She immediately set to work loving on the (very sweet and calm) animals. Then the lady asked the girls if they wanted to make some pottery! This is a brilliant move, it teaches the kids a little bit about art and sharing and gives parents time to shop. She gave each of the girls a piece of clay and showed them how to make a pinch pot. Then she explained this little system worked on a "make one, take one" system. Kids make a pinch pot and leave it behind to be fired. In return, they get to take a pinch pot out of a basket that another kid has made and left behind. They were so excited that they were getting to create something and getting a treat for themselves. I didn't get pictures, but it was a cool little system.
I had picked up a gag gift for Josh, but we got him a real souvenir while we were here, a new coffee mug:
We picked up a late lunch in Springdale and listened to Sierra beg to stop by the Duggar's house (she literally wanted to just go knock on the door). I'm pretty sure we did see their old car lot, but we did not stop to Duggar-sight.
As we neared Fort Smith, we ran into another directions snafu. We ended up in Van Buren, thinking it was Fort Smith and being all sorts of confused because the directions weren't working out. I pulled over to take a look at the map and got even more confused because I knew we needed to be right on the bank of the river, but we WERE right on the bank of the river in Van Buren because there is a big switchback in the river in that area. So word to the wise, if you're looking for Fort Smith, but sure you're actually IN Fort Smith. We did figure it out pretty quickly, but the longer than necessary drive through town streets ate up a little bit of extra time and we ended up arriving at about 4:50 (the visitor's center closes at 5)
We also spotted a gaggle of geese moving to the water. There were 3 or 4 adult pairs and a whole bunch of goslings between them.
Near sunset, we saw a big rainbow. It was actually a double rainbow, but the pictures didn't show the second one.
The last morning, the same friend we'd met up with on the first day came over to visit with us a bit at the hotel before we had to check out. My girls love being around babies and were missing their little sister quite a bit by this point, so they had fun playing with her baby, Abigale.