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30A via Arkansas, Part 1

Joe Weaver

When we first had thoughts about the "Gulf of" tees, there were some definite states that came to mind. You see the license plates on every other car along South Walton spring/summer – Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana... but one post made us certain that Arkansas is a strong 30A state.

I stumbled across a photo from @carolinacole3 on Instagram while working on a post from another Arkansas friend of ours (spoiler: future post) and asked if she'd be willing to contribute to a post. Luckily, she accepted and is excited to share her 30A vision from an Arkansas point-of-view:

I am from the second largest city in Arkansas, Fort Smith. Fort Smith is a town that borders Oklahoma.  It is known for being the gateway to the Old Wild West. A lot of famous outlaws have passed through our town. The movie True Grit was filmed about Fort Smith and filmed around our area. Fort Smith seems to move in slow motion; equally a good and a bad thing.  It has been a great town to grow up in. A town where everyone knows each other; also a good and bad thing. For me, as a photographer, Fort Smith provides an abundance of old buildings and beautiful golden fields to photograph. My town still reflects the spirit of the wild west, in its history, landscape and its people.

My parents used to live in Nashville, Tennessee. They started coming to the beach before I was born. And we have been going there every summer since. I am so blessed to have grown up knowing these beautiful white beaches.

I visit every summer and now for the past 3 years have been going for our family Christmas trip. We usually try to remain close to Seaside because we love the community feeling. We are a big tennis playing family and love riding bikes to the shops and restaurants.

30A, to me, is the most magnificent example of the laid back beach life. As soon as we cross the Bay Bridge, we can smell the salt in the air telling us we are almost there. The white sands make this area unlike any other beach in the United States. The pace is slow and the vibe is rich with a calm relaxed feel as people are walking and biking without a care in the world. The homes are cottagey and decorated with just the right amount of sand on the casual wood floors. The colors seem to be more important here, like an artist’s palette with smudged pastel pinks, foggy to celestial blues, vibrant oranges and every shade of green. You know you are somewhere special when you see the white picket fences, the brick walkways and beautifully designed beach pavilions. Finally, when you set foot on the white sandy beaches, it is absolutely breathtaking. Everything at the beach is more poignant: the music, the laughter, the cerulean sky, the glimmering water, the salty air, the colors, the vibe. As a photographer, it is my kind of place.

Feel free to see more of Carolina's work at carolinacoleman.com and follow her on Instagram @Carolinacole3