Ryan Brim: Day 4, JF Spring Trip

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sadly, today did not start out with a morning hike, but instead a conference.  While the Junior Fellows attended their meetings, I got caught up on my reading with my latest book, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.   It’s a new series I started reading, after I saw both authors at a book signing in Houston.

Junior Fellows and Alumni with Ridley Pearson (Left) and Dave Barry (Right)

After having lunch at the conference, we visited the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum.  It is a huge glass and metal building right on the Arkansas River (but my mom commented that it looked like a giant trailer home).  It was the third Presidential Library that I’ve been to, and the displays were interesting.  While it was fun to sit in the President’s chair in the Cabinet Room and see the Oval Office, this probably wasn’t my favorite presidential library.

Ryan Brim in the Oval Office

We also walked across the bridge over the Arkansas River, right outside the museum, built from old railroad tracks.  When we came back across the bridge, there was a group of kids sledding down the hill on pieces of cardboard and snow sledding discs. They offered to let us slide down once or twice, and we didn’t turn down the offer.   Professor Yawn even slid down on a lid!

 

Junior Fellows Sliding Down a Hill--That's Me Going Head First

We stopped and got smoothies from the River Market in downtown Little Rock and changed into more comfortable clothes for another long drive, to Natchitoches, Louisiana. We were on the road for five long, boring hours, but Santiago, Justin, and I beat Mike, Lauren, and Christian at an intense, close game of Catch Phrase.  (This is a great game for long drives in the car if you have at least 4 people!)

We found the hotel okay and got settled in. Well, not a hotel, but a cabin.  I am worn out from the long drive, and it is late, so I better go to bed because tomorrow we are zip lining!

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