effort to try and catch up on the blog, I’ll take us back to Arkansas, where
Tim and I spent a few days in early December. On our second day in Little Rock, we decided
to spend the day with Bill – Bill Clinton, that is. I don’t make it a point to visit every
presidential library on our travels, but I had heard such wonderful things
about the Clinton Presidential Center that I really wanted to check it out.
crossed the Arkansas River on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, the former Rock
Island Railroad Bridge which was constructed in 1899. The bridge was converted for pedestrian use in
2011 and is now a part of the Arkansas River Trail. The bridge provides a great view of the
|Clinton Presidential Park Bridge as Viewed from the Clinton Presidential Center|
some people have compared the design of the center to a double-wide trailer, I
actually liked the architecture. It is a
commanding structure and an even more amazing facility. Tim and I decided to take a tour, and our
volunteer guide did a wonderful job of interpreting many of the exhibits on
display. After first viewing the reconstructed
Oval Office, we stepped into a replica of the White House Cabinet Room, where
Tim proceeded to sit in the chair reserved for the Secretary of the Interior. How appropriate!
|Clinton Presidential Center|
|I Guess Every Presidential Library Has a Replica of the Oval Office|
|Serious Discussions in the Cabinet Room|
were lots of highlights, but I particularly loved the many piers that are
filled with blue archive boxes containing White House correspondence. Another exhibit offered an interesting peek
into life in the White House. It would have
been easy to spend the entire day at the center, but we knew there were a few
more things in Little Rock that we wanted to see.
|Piers Filled with Blue Archive Boxes|
|Ready for a State Dinner|
|Some of the Clinton Administration Accomplishments|
Before we left the Clinton Presidential Center, however, we stopped for lunch at Forty Two, the on-site restaurant. Its reputation as a quality farm-to-table experience was well-deserved. We also visited the center’s temporary exhibit featuring Dale Chihuly’s glass works. The intricate designs and bold colors were a feast for the eyes. I’ve always enjoyed Chihuly’s work, and it was an unexpected treat to see such a large collection here.
|Chihuly on Exhibition|
|Chihuly's Mille Fiori|
finally tearing ourselves away from the center, we took the electric streetcar to
the River Market district, where we wandered down to the riverfront park. We then re-boarded the trolley and took the complete
tour of downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. Our driver’s commentary tended to be more hyperbole
than fact, but I did love his reference to the National Register of Interesting
Places. Say what? Did he mean the National Register of Historic
|Touring Downtown Little Rock by Streetcar|
|"Where Shall We Go Next?"|
completing the streetcar circuit, we walked back across the Arkansas River on
the Junction Bridge, another former railroad/current pedestrian bridge, and
arrived back at our campground on the river. It was a very good day.
|Crossing the Arkansas River on the Junction Bridge|
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