After my first visit to the state, I learned a little funfact: Arkansas is home to one of the top five most-visited statues in the United States--Christ of the Ozarks. I confess I had no idea this big ol' Jesus existed, let alone was so popular. I think it is easily the least known of the five statues, but maybe that just me being out of the loop and underestimating the pull of biblical tourism. Maybe Atlas is the least known...
|Me, Meagan, and Val at Christ of the Ozarks - September 2017. Photo credit to Alli.|
The Statue of Liberty was by far my favorite of the five statues, but I'd been sorta obsessed with Lady Liberty since I was little. I used to rock a Statue of Liberty sweatshirt, say, and call her "my" lady with a decided sense of ownership. So, getting to climb up, up, up into her crown was a pretty special life moment for me, even if it wasn't exactly what I'd expected.
|A boat ride out to The Statue of Liberty - Spring 1999 (I think)|
|Trying to maximize how much we looked like tourists (apparently) while inside the crown with Meagan - Spring 1999 (I think)|
This isn't a tourism milestone I was aiming for, but...here we are! Who knew?!