#Blogtober14 Day 7: Best/Worst Vacation

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I have had a few best and worst vacations. I think I will skip the worst because it was a while ago and I just wasn’t with the right people. We all know how that can be.

As far as my best vacation goes I will say that my recent trip to Eureka Springs was wonderful. I love the town itself. It was a rustic and historically gifted town that was meant to be admired. The people were wonderful to say the least. Everywhere we went we met someone kind and friendly and made new friends.

Eureka wasn’t a lie on the beach sort of vacation it was a walk around and marvel at the beauty of our ancestral architecture. Nature stood on the city limits and created this cove of charisma and all of the people that lived and worked there were ideal. I could see myself growing old and retiring in a place like that. The days are short because they have their own time in Eureka Springs. Life seemed simpler and so much more genuine and I could imagine myself falling into the routine of simply being.

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Walk under the arches of the Basin Park Hotel and in a few short steps you can find yourself standing under a giant cave that is cut into the side of the mountain beside you. Sit in the park and watch the beautiful fountain flow down as time seems to stand still.

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Climb up the wooden stairs in one of the side alleys that connects the two main streets. The colors are muted from the sun and rain but it adds depth and character in ways that had never been intended.

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Gaze out at the rustic shops that line the streets and wonder to yourself if you have traveled back to the times of Saloons and Duels in the streets.

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All of the buildings are an array of color and charm. Your eyes can’t help but be drawn to their whimsical nature.

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Look out at the mountains and forest that surrounds you as you stand in this visionary valley. Perhaps you too will realize how amazing this setting truly is.

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See the sky open up as you make your way out of the Ozarks. Eureka has it’s very own unique way of telling it’s visitors “Thank you for coming.”

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These dilapidated barns bring the realization of how special Eureka is. Time can destroy with ease and yet this town is a monument to time itself.

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Let nature comfort you as you realize you are heading back to reality but promise that you will never let that piece of Eureka Springs leave you completely.

I know that I could have chosen the beach, or New York, or anywhere else, but this place was a center of calm. I can’t wait to find my way back.

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