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From Under The Laundry Pile

This past weekend I drove through little Arkansas towns with names like Pickle Gap and Toadsuck Hollow on my way to the White River where we went rafting with some friends.  We had a great time but today I am tired and I have a mountain of laundry that smells like Toadsuck, so I’ll be back here in a day or two!

29 thoughts on “From Under The Laundry Pile

  1. Toad Suck and Pickle Gap – just outside of Conway, Arkansas. A lovely area with weird names! Hope you had fun rafting.

    BTW, I have missed your Posts and am delighted that you are back – in spite of laundry. 🙂

    Oklahoma Betty (Married to Arkansas Ed)

  2. How fun!
    I am an Arkansan (but now living in Kentucky) and have been through those little towns a lot. Pickles Gap has the BEST little antiques and collectibles shop in a two story house. Makes me drool!
    Did you happen to drive by 56? Yep, that is the name.
    Glad you had a good time. I do miss tubing and caneoing on the Buffalo River. My ex husband and I had a vacation home in that area and it was always a welcome trip from the heat and humidity of south Arkansas.
    Glad you’re back!

  3. Best of luck!

    I’m always “Under The Laundry Pile”, and have only known what it feels like to be on top of it once (since I’ve had children).

    Maybe I should stop reading these blogs, and get some of it done.


  4. You missed the trip through Booger Hollow?
    I am an Okie by birth but Arkie by heart….lol
    My parents both grew up in AR and so have spent many loverly vacations in that beautiful state. now I am close enough to the state line i do all my shopping there….glad you had a great trip

  5. We live right on the edge of Texas and Arkansas and my FIL used to call my husband “toadsuck” when he was a kid, along with many other “unique” Arkansas names…lol. (Not that Texas doesn’t have it’s own share of goofball names – “Fate”?)

  6. If you’d crossed over the Mississippi into my home state, you could have driven through towns like Nutbush and my personal favorite, Bucksnort. Driving through the latter prompts my family and I to burst into the official Bucksnort cheer, at which we are frighteningly in sync. 😉

  7. My husband’s family lives in upper AR and near Snowball you can also drive through the town of Seed Tick, but you won’t find it on the map.

  8. Hope you had a great time. I haven’t been rafting since 1993. I did great when we went over the rapids but fell out of the boat when we stopped for lunch!

  9. I love small town names. One of my all-time favorites is an English village called Piddletown. And the best part? –It’s in the Puddle Valley. Two places that would have to make a mess of your clothes, eh?

  10. Toadsuck Hollow? Seriously?

    We just today drove by a street named Toe Jam Road and decided that if we lived on it we’d put TJ Road on our return address labels.

    Don’t you have to wonder how Toadsuck Hollow got its name?

  11. I grew up in West Virginia (now living in Chicago’s western suburbs)and there are some wild place names there. One of my favorites is Big Ugly, WV. The weekly county newspaper once ran the headline “Big Ugly Woman Dies in Car Crash”. I’m serious. And there were always announcements for the revival services at the Big Ugly Baptist Church and the Big Ugly Mission Circle group. Some of my other favorite WV town names were Comfort, Duck, Friendly, Hoohoo, and Hookersville.


  12. Just got back from camping yeseterday and I can TOTALLY relate. Hope you’re out from under the mountain soon enough.

  13. So THAT’S what you call that river/mud smell! I have a bag of that, from my eldest child, and a bag of “we’ve been fishing and cleaned and gutted them wearing this” from my husband. The combined effect is just… I dunno.

  14. I’ve also rafted the White River. My husband’s family lives in Little Rock. We really enjoyed it.

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