Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again.
That's exactly what I did this past week when I returned to Arkansas with my colleagues Jacqueline Sit and photographer John Almendarez for a summer travel series.
Our trip focused on the beautiful resorts and parks the Natural State has to offer. This was no secret to me because Arkansas was my home. No, I wasn't born or raised there (New York City, baby! See "A New Lease on Life in Oklahoma City" blog), but I lived in Little Rock for two years.
From 2003 to 2005, I was a reporter for KARK-TV, Little Rock's NBC affiliate. During my recent trip back, I had a chance to sit down and chat with my former colleagues about my tenure and Arkansas' enduring influence on American politics.
This year, two presidential candidates hailed from Arkansas; former Governor Mike Huckabee and Former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Both went down to the wire before suspending their campaign because of a lack of delegates needed to clinch their respective party's nomination.
Who would have thought that Arkansas, a state previously known for racial strife (Little Rock's Central High integration) and jokes about its reported lack of culture, would still be a factor in US politics?
But back to our trip. Jacqueline and John kept talking about how beautiful the state was. The parks were a series of long, winding roads, foliage and wildlife. John narrowly missed hitting several deer! But we made it there and back- safely. Tune in to News 9 this July for a look at our Arkansas Adventure.