Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Texarkana, TX

12 Aug

Journey Across the US: The Allergic Foodie Visits Texarkana, TX

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Stop #5 Texarkana, TX

Right on the boarder of Arkansas and Texas there sits a town called Texarkana. Population a little less then 36,500 people. Not too small, but not big enough for many to have heard of it. Compared to the few towns before it with populations in the 100’s you can consider Texarkana the city.

We pulled into camp at the Texarkana KOA Campsite. Small and quiet where only 2 cabins sat and a couple rows of RV parking. The guys inside at check-in were really pleasant.

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Quickly after settling in we headed out to explore the downtown area.

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Downtown Texarkana, by city hall, looks like it once was a busy area full of life. Today, however, you saw more empty buildings full of hope and history.

The town did provide a cool backdrop for some pictures. We felt inspired and stopped to take a few.

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Next up, more exploring!

We took a quick walk on a little trail. You know they have some serious snakes down here in Texas! Again, not lots to see, but some great picture opportunities so we experimented using our SX-70 Polaroid Camera and Insta Cameras.


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Playing at the park

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We were soon met with a thunderstorm and headed inside our (stinky) cabin. We tried to air out the cabin when we got there but it didn’t really help. You kind of got used to it…It wasn’t a terrible experience staying here but I probably won’t choose to go back to Texarkana in general to visit.

What else do you do inside when it rains when your husband is an avid photographer? Take family photos! (We have lots of digital photos but you’ll have to check back when our trip is completed. We’ll put them all together and update you).

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The storm cleared with just enough time to make dinner outside on the grill. After letting the grill dry up for about an hour, we started dinner. (Did you catch our posts on Instagram a few days ago? Check them out here and here) Tonight’s dinner was grilled up by Anthony (“master griller”- ego boost).

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Nacho-Taco

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We paired it with…

Cilantro Rice

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I have really enjoyed cooking on the grill outside, although it takes a lot more effort. If there were a sink close by it would be much easier!

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We love our OOGAA plate – Boy color, and Girl color. It really helps me make sure I’m giving Niah enough food. It is also so versatile I can use it to make anything…even jello if I needed.

Texarkana KOA wasn’t one I would go back to again, but they were really pleasant there. It just wasn’t worth the money for the cabin we stayed in. Texarkana in general wasn’t a great place to stop, but we had to. Everything ended up fine and we were safe, but there were definitely some scarier moments here. (After a certain time I really didn’t even feel comfortable going into the bathroom/washer room).

We left pretty early the next day and found a good Starbucks and headed out! (We did try to find a local coffee shop or breakfast spot but everyone we went to was shut down unfortunately. So If you’re looking to open a coffee shop in the middle of no where this might be your opportunity.)

 

Only a few hours and we’ll be resting at a friend’s house in Texas. Until then, check out some behind the scenes here and here.

Photo credits are by Brittany and Anthony Atkinson. Anthony Atkinson is a part of Ugly’s Beauty and more of his personal work can be found here.

All pictures were taken with refurbished Polaroid cameras. Our SX-70 is from Landcameras.com and our Spectra is from Impossible Project and an Insta Polaroid 300 Insta Camera. We have been using expired film for one of our refurbished cameras, SX-70 (this is the one with the silver, animal print and black and white pictures) that we purchased from Impossible Project as well.

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