One of Arkansas Most Scenic Routes

The title may not sound like the subject of a blog about writing, but it is in a roundabout way. For I’d like to talk about the opportunities we authors have in locating beautiful places as we conduct our research. Being involved in writing nonfiction now, I’m spending a lot of time traveling around the four counties which I’m writing about.

Last week we drove highway 23 from Huntsville to Brashears on highway 16. This route on south to Interstate 40 is known as the Pig Trail, and is a scenic highway. But if you want to enjoy the scenery at its best, drive to Huntsville and take highway 23 from there. Don’t miss those first 20 miles south to highway 16 before heading to Interstate 40. The entire route is the most scenic drive in Northwest Arkansas.
Four miles out of Huntsville, we crossed War Eagle Creek, and from there on, we drove between high bluffs on one side and the creek on the other. In places, the trees form a canopy over the road. Small valleys filled with cattle and horses, wander away between the mountains. The highway meanders higher and higher to give a birds-eye view of the Boston Mountains, before it heads down into a small valley and once more joins the wandering creek. It is indeed a breath-taking drive.
Pink rose mallow carpet both sides of the road, and clumps of white daisies compliment the blushing blossoms. Small golden sunflowers add their brilliant color to the bouquets.
All this enjoyment simply to visit and write about a few small communities that have nearly disappeared into the shadows of the past. Their stories are left behind for me to discover and reproduce so they won’t be forever lost. The more I travel around our beautiful state, the more I know that this was the best idea I’ve ever had. This rewriting the tales of lost communities in our gorgeous Boston Mountains.
 
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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