Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blanchard Springs Caverns & really good food!

I hate seeing perfect weekends come to an end. And this was such a good one!

It started off perfect, with an EPIC breakfast! Scrambled eggs with herb butter, Petit Jean bacon, toast with homemade strawberry jam from Holland Bottom Farms, and homemade hash browns (I'll share the recipe later!). This breakfast was SO good. Not the healthiest thing ever, but oh my gosh it was good!

After breakfast, we had to try and lure the cat our from under the bed...

And then we were off! Two hours of absolutely nothing!

After a two hour drive, we finally reached our destination: Blanchard Springs Caverns.

They have three tours that you can do: the dripstone, the discovery & the wild cave tour. We did the discovery tour, and it was wonderful. It was about 1.2 miles and took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. Our tour guide was really nice, very informative and passionate about what she did. I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I didn't bring a real camera, only my iPhone. I doubt pictures would have done it justice anyways. It was absolutely beautiful and completely amazing. It's hard to believe that everything we saw was created naturally over time.

They said that they don't have an advertising budget, and most of their visitors are word of mouth. So if you read this, and you're in Arkansas, take a day trip to go check out the caves, you won't regret it!

After we left the caves, we were starved and headed to a local restaurant for lunch: JoJo's Catfish Wharf. The little town we were in was small, but had so many cute places to stop at. This place was in a pretty area. There were pastures on one side, and the White River on the other. They weren't busy, so we were seated quickly. We had just missed their lunch specials, but we both ordered catfish anyways. It was served with a green tomato relish, pinto beans and a big basket of hush puppies to share.

Not too long after they brought out the hush puppies and the sides, they brought our lunches.

Everything we had was delicious. Everything needed a little more salt, but everything had great flavor. The fish had a very light breading, and was perfectly moist & flaky. The fries were some of the best I've ever had: perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. The relish was vinegary, spicy and quite good.

All in all, everything was absolutely delicious, and if you're ever in the area, you should definitely stop by!

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We were both so hungry after the caves, we left before looking at the springs, so after lunch we headed back. The water was so beautiful. This was the most water we've seen gushing out of or over something in Arkansas. It made me wish we had taken Hermione, because she would have loved splashing around in the creek.

Sunday was spent doing stuff around the house and more delicious food! We started with more bacon, homemade waffles, and blueberries from Holland Bottom Farms.

Graham and I don't have kids, but he's the best fur dad our pets could ask for, so I let him decide what we would have for dinner. He picked steak, asparagus & mashed potatoes. We grilled the asparagus and it was amazing. The mashed potatoes were perfect as well. Lots of cheese was mixed in, and they were topped with crumbled bacon & basil.

Hope all the dad's out there have had a wonderful day!

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