Rex Nelson – What’s on Your Arkansas Bucket List?



From Rex Nelson’s Southern Fried Blog, we’ve culled a few of his sports “must dos.” The full list is worthy of a click.

Rex Nelson Archive PageSeveral years ago, we published an Arkansas bucket list, and it proved to be popular.

It’s high time to update that list. So here goes.

Please share the link with your friends and let me know in the comments section what you would add.

There are certain things every Arkansan should do at least once. They include:

– Fishing for bream on a south Arkansas oxbow during the day and then frog gigging on the same lake at night.

– Watching the cardboard boat races at Greers Ferry Lake and then having dinner at the Red Apple Inn.

– Attending a high school basketball game on a winter Friday night at Valley Springs.

– Attending a high school football game on a fall Friday night at Nashville.

– Fishing for smallmouth bass on the Kings River.

– Climbing Pinnacle Mountain.

– Spending the night on a houseboat on Lake Ouachita.

– Watching the elk graze in the Boxley Valley.

– Standing along the rail at Oaklawn Park on Arkansas Derby day.

– Hanging out with the students on Dickson Street in Fayetteville after a Razorback football victory.

– Attending the duck gumbo contest on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Stuttgart.

– Wearing a kilt to the annual Scottish festival at Lyon College in Batesville.

– Watching the toad races during Toad Suck Daze at Conway.

– Sitting alongside the bypass at Sheridan on the Friday before modern gun deer season and counting the trucks headed south on U.S. Highway 167.

– Catching a mess of crappie on one of the lakes in the White River National Wildlife Refuge.

– Floating in a canoe down the Buffalo River when the dogwoods are blooming.

– Calling the Hogs at football games in both Little Rock and Fayetteville in the same season.

– Fishing for trout early in the morning on the upper White River.

– Watching the sun rise on a winter morning from a duck blind on the Grand Prairie.

– Attending a Battle of the Ravine football game between Ouachita and Henderson in Arkadelphia.

– Kayaking on the Mulberry River.

– Taking a boat out on Grassy Lake in southwest Arkansas at night to look for alligators.

– Buying more than you need the week before duck season at Mack’s Prairie Wings in Stuttgart.

– Wrangling an invitation to one of the Sunday night wild game dinners at Gene’s in Brinkley.

– Finding a swimming hole on the Eleven Point River and then having lunch on the front porch of the country store at Dalton.

See the complete list here. It’s a great one. Tell us what’s on your Arkansas Bucket List.

greetings from the natural state of Arkansas