Highways and Byways

MILE 0 It should be easy, but Google won’t make it so. In the way that the algorithm twists our projected route away from Scenic Byway 7, fighting at literally every turn for a more direct shot to Jasper from El Dorado along the state’s main thoroughfares, you can practically hear a tiny computerized voice…

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Hometown: Learning The Hardy Way

I MAY HAVE made a terrible mistake. I have come to the small town of Hardy—population 772—on a Sunday. In the rain. With my city-born and -bred 14-year-old. “I just want something to happen today,” Avery said on the 2 1/2-hour drive here from central Arkansas, and I don’t think buckets of water falling from the sky and an almost completely shuttered town qualify as “happening.”

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