On our way from Memphis to Little Rock we had a pleasant surprise. Since we got a late start, by the time we got to Brinkley, Arkansas, it was time for lunch, so we stopped at the only restaurant in town, Gene’s Bar-B-Que. There we learned that two years before someone had claimed to have spotted in a nearby forest an Ivory-billed Woodpecker, which was thought to be extinct, and that had kicked off a bird-watcher’s rush to the area.

    We arrived in Little Rock about 4 p.m. in brilliant sunshine. I hurried over to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and got some good exterior photos. The next day we visited the Library and I was glad I had already taken my exterior shots because the sky was overcast all day.

    In addition to rows and rows of official Presidential documents, the Clinton Library, which opened in 2004, has a lovely setting, uplifting architecture, and fascinating displays. We also checked out the Presidential souvenir store, which is located a quarter mile away in a revived business district.

        Later that afternoon we sought out Little Rock Central High School, which was a center of the integration crisis almost 50 year ago. It is now a National Historic Site, in addition to being a functioning school.

    The next day on our way to Fort Worth, we made a short stop in Hope, AR, to see President Clinton’s birthplace.

Little Rock