Arkansas, if it is thought of at all, gets a bad rap from the rest of the country; but Northwest Arkansas in particular, the heart of the Ozarks, showcases why Arkansas is truly the Natural State. Clear-running rivers run through beautiful hardwood forests, which are dotted with enclaves of urban dwelling. The University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art are woven together with bike paths, part of a larger, world-class system of single-track bike trails. The Buffalo River, the nation’s first national river, flows freely for 135 miles; and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect an entire river system. The karst topography lends itself to numerous caves that can be visited throughout the region.

Nancy holds classes at her home, on the Ozark Plateau, situated on 28 acres with spring-fed pond, garden, orchard, and woods. The neighborhood river, Elk River, is a short drive away, and has water most all summer except in drought. The Kings River, near historic Eureka Springs, is 90 minutes away.