Flo's April 2013 Travels

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April Camping Adventures 2013

SPRING TRIP 2013 Continues




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  Harriet Tubman Sculpture in Little Rock                            One of President Clinton's Limousine
 
    

Museum of Discovery entrance sign                                     Nature Center entrance sign      

LOCATION:  North Little Rock, Arkansas    SITE:  Burns City Park
DATE:  04/01/13    SPACE:  5    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  60 miles

Monday April 1, 2013

Today we woke up at 7 and got dressed. The rain is gone so we're going to move on to Little Rock. Dad fed me my breakfast and then he made oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. After we finished our breakfast we went on a walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad got it ready to leave. Our next camping adventure was Burns Park, which is located in North Little Rock.

Burns Park is a 1700 acre park with a RV park, ballfields, tennis courts, soccer fields, dog park, 2 golf courses, amusement park, water ski and fishing lake, many miles of trails, pavilions, picnic tables, playgrounds, rocket slide, caboose and much more to offer people to use. During our stay we walked around the RV park and drove around the rest of the park. The park was very nice. The lake is shared water skiers and fishermen. The lake is very well protected for the wind and current of the Arkansas River. The lake has a ski course in it.

On the way to Burns Park we stopped and did a little shopping so we didn't get to Burns Park until about 10:30. Dad stopped at the office  and got a site for the night. Once we got a site we parked the Minnie. We have been getting some rain and the RV Park was muddy so we didn't do any hiking we just walked around the campground a couple of times. When lunchtime came around mom heated up some bacon for sandwiches for dad and her and she gave me a little snack.

After lunch we drove the Minnie to Little Rock so mom and dad could do a little site seeing. Dad parked the Minnie in President Clinton's Library parking lot. Then mom and dad went for a walk around downtown Little Rock. Before leaving Burns Park we drove around the park to see what the park had to offer. Burns Park is a big beautiful park. They wanted to tour the Museum of Discovery and the Nature Center but they weren't open on Mondays so they walked along the River Walk. As they were walking they saw different sculptures. The sculptures were of Harriet Tubman, an eagle, rabbit and a pig, which was at the Market Place. As they walked along the Arkansas they saw shops, cafes, a Wellness Walkway, an old railroad bridge, amphitheater and sculptures. They walked up the stairs of the bridge so they could look over the Arkansas River. On the other side of the river they saw an old submarine. After they walked back down the stairs they walked through the Wellness Walkway, where mom tried a couple of the activities designed for kids. On the way back to the Minnie they decided they would tour President Clinton's Library. They had toured the library a few years ago but decided to do it again. They arrived just in time to do a guided tour. They had a little time so they walked through the Jazz exhibit. The tour was an hour and 15 minutes. They had a great tour. When the tour was over they came back to me. We said our hellos and then mom took me for a walk. We walked around the parking lot to the entrance of the library, where there are a couple of fountains. At first I was scared because I wasn't sure what they were. Mom reassured me that it was only water and put her hand in the water and then let me taste the water. I was ok after mom explained it was only water. On the way back to dad we met people.

When we got back to Burns Park mom and dad went over to the restroom and took a shower. When they finished we sat outside because the sun was shining and I was tired of being cooped up in the Minnie. We sat in our chairs for an hour or so and then dad decided to barbecue sausage patties for mom and his dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we walked around the park and met people. When we got back we put our chairs away and called it a night.




click on photo for more pictures of Hollywood RV Park


    

Hollywood Casino sign                                                  Resorts Casino sign    



Sam's Town Casino sign
 

LOCATION:  Tunica, Mississippi    SITE:  Hollywood Casino RV Park
DATE:  04/02/13 - 04/04/13    SPACE:  198    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  168 miles

Tuesday April 2, 2013 to Thursday April 4, 2013

On Tuesday we woke up at 7:00 and had breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. When we finished our walk mom and dad got the Minnie ready to move on to our next adventure. Before leaving Little Rock mom and dad tour the Witt Stephens JR. Central Arkansas Nature Center and Museum of Discovery. The Nature Center was about the fish and game in Arkansas. It had displays of different fish, turtles, frogs and other wildlife. The displays were very nice and very informative. The Museum of Discovery was nice and had a lot of interactive displays for kids to use at the same time learning about different things. Mom and dad had a great time in the Museum of Discovery trying out the different displays. They were gone a couple of hours. When they got back to me we said our hellos and then we started our next adventure.

Our next adventure was in Mississippi at Hollywood Casino RV Park located in Tunica. We stayed there for three days because it was raining. We were going to stay at another casino but it was by itself and we knew we were going to be in Mississippi for a couple of days. Hollywood Casino RV Park was located by two other casinos (Resorts and Sam's Town). Mom spent most of her time in Hollywood and Resorts because they were right next to each and mom and dad could walk to them. Sam's Town was across the highway from Hollywood. Mom and dad walked over to Sam's Town one day when the rain had stopped for a little while. Sam's Town was the biggest of the three casinos because it had slot machines on two floors. Sam's Town was designed like it was an old mining town. It was very nice. Hollywood was designed like Hollywood. It had a display of the bat mobile and the Titanic. The Resorts was the smallest of the three. During our stay mom gave the casinos $10, which is great concerning she gambled for three days. Dad didn't gamble but he did go with mom to keep her company. I didn't mind mom and dad leaving me to go gamble because it gave me time to sleep and when they came back to me mom would take me for a walk around the campground. While we walked around the campground I met people and dogs. We had fun even though it rained the whole time we were there. I think mom got her gambling fix for awhile.                                                        



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1958 Flxible Greyhound Bus                                                      The Love Bus

            

           The retired Greyhound bus driver                                A tug boat on the Mississippi River

LOCATION:  Blytheville, Arkansas    SITE:  Lowe's Parking Lot
DATE:  04/05/13    SPACE:  0    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  110 miles

Friday April 5, 2013

Today we woke up at 7 and got dressed. The rain was gone so we're going to move on to our next adventure, which was to a Bus Show in Blytheville. After we got dressed we had breakfast. Mom and dad had maple and brown sugar oatmeal and I had my food. We're not going to leave right away because dad wants to wait until the roads dry a little bit and the fog to go . Mom took me for a walk around the campground it was cool because we walked in the fog. The fog was so thick that you couldn't see in front of you. Mom couldn't even see the Minnie but she did get me back. The fog lifted and the roads were starting to dry so dad decided to leave at 10, which was late for us. On the way to Blytheville we stopped at Taco Bell so mom and dad could have lunch. They didn't eat in Taco Bell they brought their lunch back to the Minnie. After we finished our lunch we went to Blytheville. The Bus Show was at the old Greyhound Terminal. There were 50 bus in the show and they came from all over the country and one came from Canada. Most of the buses there were old greyhound buses converted to RVs. Mom and dad saw a little of beautiful buses. They walked through one of the buses and decided that they liked the Minnie better because it has more room in it. Especially in the kitchen and hallway go to the sleeping area. As they walked around dad took pictures and they walked through the old terminal. When they came out of the terminal they saw a man in an old bus driver uniform and talked with him and his wife for awhile. The man actually use to drive for Greyhound and was a retired driver for 20 years. Mom and dad were impressed that he could still fit in his old uniform. After they finished taking pictures of the buses they walked through the downtown. They were gone for about an hour so when they got back I was very excited to see them. After we said our hellos we went for a little walk. When we got back to the Minnie we left Blytheville and went to find a place to stay for the night.

We were going to stay at a Wal-Mart but there was a Lowe's across the street and we thought it would be quieter there so we stayed at Lowe's. It was a little early to call it a day so we drove around. We took the highway until it got us to the Mississippi River. On the way to the river we saw a couple of steel plants. Once we got to the river mom and dad took pictures of the river. As they were taking pictures a tug boat was moving a barge. They watched it awhile but couldn't get a good picture so they came back to the Minnie. We drove down a road along the river to see what we could see. When we got to the end of the road we turned around and headed back to Lowe's. As we were driving back to the main highway we saw another tug boat moving a few huge barges so mom took pictures. This was cool to watch. After taking pictures we went back to Lowe's. Mom and dad had a salad for dinner because they had a big lunch. Mom fed me my food. After dinner mom called her mother because it was her 85th birthday. After mom got off the phone she took me for a walk around Lowe's parking lot. When we got back we called it a night.

THIRD WEEK APRIL 6 - APRIL 12




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Arkansas State University Museum                                  Crowley's Ridge Nature Center



Crowley's Ridge State Park

LOCATION:  Paragould,Arkansas    SITE:  Lowe's Parking Lot
DATE:  04/06/13    SPACE:  0    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  120 miles


    

     Make A Wish race                                             The museum and library building

Saturday April 6, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45 and got dressed. After we got dressed mom and dad had maple and brown sugar oatmeal for breakfast and I had my food. When we finished breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the parking lot. After our walk we finished getting the Minnie ready to move on. Today we're going to do a little site seeing. The first stop was at the University of Arkansas so mom and dad could walk through their museum. When we were driving to the museum we saw an arc of balloons and a lot of people. So we parked the Minnie and mom and dad took me for a walk to where the balloons were. As we were walking around we found out that the university was having a fun raiser for the Make A Wish. The balloons was the start of the race. By the time we got there the race was over but people were still there so mom took pictures. Afterwards we went back to the Minnie so mom and dad could put me back inside so they could walk through the museum. The museum was on the second floor of a marvelous building. Before they went through the museum they walked around and looked at some drawings that were made by kids from the schools iing n the area. The students ages were from kindergarten through high school. After looking at the drawings mom and dad walked through the museum. As they were walking around they saw a lot of wonderful displays. Some of the displays were designed for people to try out so mom and dad did. They had fun reading, looking and playing at the museum. When they finished walking through the museum they came back to me and then we continued down the road.

Our second stop was Craighead Forest Park. Craighead park was huge and has a lot of things to do. It has camping, a lake, baseball fields, hiking trails and many other things. Before we stopped we drove around to look at the park. As we were driving around we saw a lot of people enjoying the park. It was lunchtime so we parked the Minnie at the baseball fields and had lunch. Before we had lunch mom and dad took me for a walk. When we got back mom and dad had a ham sandwich for lunch and mom gave me a little snack. While we were eating lunch we watched people playing baseball. After lunch mom took me for another walk. When we got back we went to Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, which was a mile away. In fact there was a hiking trail that went from the park to the nature center. What's really cool about the nature centers in Arkansas was they were free because 1/8 of a percent of the sales taxes go to the parks and nature centers. Mom and dad left me in the Minnie while they walked around the nature center. This was the second nature center they had walked through but they still enjoyed it. The displays were different and there was a walkway that went around a pond. As you walked around the pond there were places to stop and look for different animals (frogs, turtles, ducks, lizards, birds and etc.). There were also signs with buttons so you can listen to different animals. While they were at the nature center they watch a movie about Crowley Ridge. They had a fantastic time. After they finished walking through the nature center they came back to me. We said our hellos and then mom took me for a walk so I could stretch my legs. When we got back dad was ready to go.

 Our third stop was Crowley's State Park. We stopped here just to walk around and look at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) buildings. They had a gorgeous CCC bathhouse, CCC dance floor and a CCC stone arch bridge. The bathhouse is still being used in the summer. The dance floor looks over the lake and has wood floors and unique chandlers. The stone arch bridge is still standing. As we walked around we saw a memorial of Benjamin Crowley who was the man for whom Crowley Ridge was named after. We saw a lot of people playing in the playground, using paddle boats, walking the trails and picnicking. We met a lady and a park ranger. We had a great time walking around Crowley's State Park.

Our last stop was in Paragould. We got to Paragould at 3:00 and found Lowe's. We decided we were going to stay there for the night but it was a little early so we decided to go to Reynolds Park. We hung out at Reynolds Park for a few hours. While we were there we walked around the park and had dinner. Reynolds Park has a lake so we parked the Minnie by the lake. As we walked around people said hi to us. The park was very busy. People were fishing, camping at the RV area, picnicking, playing in the playground and just having a great time.While relaxing in the Minnie we watched the ducks swimming and people fishing. When dinnertime came around mom and dad had ham sandwiches for dinner and I had my food. After dinner we left the park and went downtown to see the Statue of Liberty they had. We didn't stop and take a picture but we did drive by it. It was very small but cute. After driving through the downtown we went to the Lowe's parking lot and called it a night. I am very tired so I well say good night.




click on photo for more pictures of Powhatan Historic State Park

    

Powhatan Courthouse                                                      Powhatan Jail    



click on photo for more pictures of John F. Kennedy Corp Park

    

Dad and I climbing stairs to the campground                        Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery  

LOCATION:  Heber Springs, Arkansas    SITE:  Greers Ferry Lake John F. Kennedy Corp Park
DATE:  04/07/13 - 04/08/2013    SPACE:  D25    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  120 miles

Sunday April 7, 2013

There was a lot less traffic noise last night then the night before so we all slept well. We woke up at 6:45 and got dressed. After we got dressed dad fed me my breakfast. Mom and dad sat down and had maple and brown sugar oatmeal. When everyone was fed we went for a little walk around the parking lot. When we got back mom and dad finished getting the Minnie ready for our adventure to Greers Ferry Lake. On the way to Greers Ferry Lake we stopped at Powhatan (Pow-uh-TAN) Historic State Park. Powhatan was named after an Indian chief, the father of Pocahontas. The Osaga Indians occupied the area until the Federal Government moved them to reservations in 1817. Powhatan was a steamboat town, where passengers boarded the Powhatan Ferry that traveled down the Black and White Rivers, then up and down the Mississippi River to their final destinations. We arrived at Powhatan Historic State Park at 9:30 and the guided tours didn't start until 1:00 so mom and dad did a self-guided tour. Before they started their tour they stopped and talked to a park ranger so they could get some information about the park. She gave them a flier and told them they could walk around and looked at the buildings but they couldn't go in them. That was ok with mom and dad so they walked around. They saw the courthouse, jail, telephone exchange building and Ficklin-Imboden Log House. As they walked by each building they read the sign that gave them the history of each building. When they got back to me they took me for a little walk. As we were leaving the Powhatan Historic State Park we drove by the Male & Female Academy. Mom and dad enjoy walking around and looking at historic buildings.

After leaving Powhatan we drove to Greers Ferry Lake Dam. Greers Ferry Lake is a US Corp of Engineer lake. While we were at the dam mom and dad went into the Visitor Center and got information about Greers Ferry Lake and the campgrounds. After getting some information mom and dad watched a 20 minutes movie about Greers Ferry Lake. They enjoyed the movie. After the movie they came back to me. We 're going to stay at John F. Kennedy Park, which is located below Greers Ferry Dam. John F. Kennedy park has 4 Loops for camping and some of the sites are by the Little Red River. There are river assess through out the park. The park has a fishing pier, picnic area, playground, a hiking trail and a fish hatchery. When we arrived at the park we stopped at the entrance and the host told us to drive around and find a site. We found a site and then went back to the entrance and checked in. Afterwards we set up the Minnie for two nights. When we finished we walked around the campground. When we got back dad barbecued pork chops for mom and his lunch. They cut up the pork and made wraps. Mom gave me a little of her pork for a snack and when the bone was cooled off she gave it to me. After lunch we walked down to the river so I could go swimming. The river was cold and the current was a little strong but I was glad just to get wet. When we got back to our site we relaxed in our chairs. Mom worked out for an hour and a half, dad read and I slept. When mom finished working out we went on another walk. We walked all the way to the entrance, which was about a mile. As we were walking we met people and dogs. I remember one family in particular because everytime they saw me they would say hi and pay attention to me. By the time we got home I was tired. When dinnertime came around mom and dad had a ham sandwich and I had my food. After dinner we walked around the park by the playground, where we met a couple of little girls. After walking through the playground we crossed the creek by using some stepping stones. Once across the creek we walked the trail. The trail was very short but it was nice because it went through trees and along the creek. When we were walking back to cross the creek we found out we didn't have to use the stepping stone we could walk over the creek by a bridge. When we got back to our site we went inside and called it a night because I was exhausted.
     
Monday April 8, 2013

Today we woke up at 7:00 and got dressed. Dad fed me my breakfast and then made oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. When we got back we rested in our chairs. Mom and dad told me it was going to be an easy day. I was glad to hear that because I'm still tired from yesterday. About 10 mom and dad decided to go to Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery so they put me in the Minnie. They were gone about an hour. Greers Ferry raises rainbow trout and releases them in the river and lake. While mom and dad were walking to the hatchery they met a couple from Texas. One section of the hatchery was inside, where they keep the trout until they were six weeks old and then they put them outside. They keep the trout there until they get old enough to release. As they were walking around outside the fish would swim to the top of their tank so they could be fed. Dad told mom the fish were like me begging for food. They really enjoyed walking through the hatchery and learning about it. When they got back to me I was very excited to see them. They took me for a little walk before mom made Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder soup for lunch. Mom gave me a couple of pieces of ham for a snack. After lunch we went outside and relaxed in our chairs. Mom worked out for an hour and a half while dad read and I slept. After mom finished her workout we walked down to the river and I went swimming again. Boy, am I a lucky dog. Mom and dad takes good care of me. After my swim we went back to our site and relaxed in our chairs until dinnertime. Dad barbecued a steak for mom and his dinner. I'm not allowed to have beef bones so mom did gave me a pork bone and my food for my dinner. After dinner mom wanted to take our cans down to the recycle bins so dad and I decided to walk with her. Dad asked her how far was it to the bins and she told him that they were by the hatchery. Dad told mom that I was going to be mad at her because I would be tired because it was all the way to the entrance of the park. By the time we got back I was once again exhausted. Thanks a lot mom. When we got back mom and dad bagged up our chairs because we're moving on tomorrow. Once they were finished we went inside and called it a night. 
 



click on photo for more pictures of Dam Site Corp Park

LOCATION:  Heber Springs, Arkansas    SITE:  Greers Ferry Lake Dam Site Corp Park
DATE:  04/09/13 - 04/10/2013    SPACE:  H33    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  10 miles

Tuesday April 9, 2013

Today we woke up about 7:15 and got dressed. Dad fed me my breakfast and mom made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed we walked around the campground. As we walked around we walked to a deck that looked over the river. While looking at the river we talked to a fisherman. He was flying fishing and he wasn't having any problems catching the trout. The river was very calm today because the corp stopped releasing water from the lake. The fisherman said this was the first time the gate was closed since March. But they were going to release more water at 4:00 so the current was going to be strong again. While we were talking to him a lady came up to us and paid attention to me. She was waiting for her boat to be put in the river. Once the two guys she was with was finished launching the boat she said good-bye. We watched them go down the river. The driver was good because he knew what he was doing because when they stopped releasing water from the lake the river went down. After watching them we went back to the Minnie. We weren't in any hurry to get back because we didn't have too far to go today. When we got back mom and dad got the Minnie ready to leave. We had a great time at John F. Kennedy Park but now it's time to move on to Dam Site Park.

On the way to Dam Site we were going to stop and see a fall but it was down a dirt road so we decided not to go see it. We needed to do a little shopping so we stopped at Wal-Mart. After shopping we went to Dam Site Park. It's located on Greers Ferry Lake also except it above the dam. When we got there the entrance wasn't being manned until Thursday but it did have a sign that told us which loops were open and how much it would cost. We drove around and looked for a site. We decided to stay in the H loop because the sites looked over the lake. We found a site and parked the Minnie and then mom and dad walked to the entrance to pay for a couple of nights. They left me in the Minnie because I was still tired from our adventure at JFK park. After walking to pay mom and dad walked by the marina. The marina was huge. While walking around mom took pictures of the lake and marina. They were gone about a half hour. When they got back we sent up our chairs and relaxed for awhile. When lunchtime came around mom heated up the left over steak and dad and mom had wraps for lunch and mom gave me some ham and a pork bone for a snack. After lunch we went outside and dad and I relaxed in our chairs while mom workout. After she finished her workout we went on a walk. We stayed outside until it was time for dinner. Mom made a salad for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food. After mom started to read about what was offered when dad told her we needed to get going because it was starting to get dark. When we got back to the Minnie we bagged our chairs because it was going to rain. After words we went inside and called it a night. It was so warm inside dad had to turn on the fan of the air conditioner.

Wednesday April 10, 2013

Dad woke us up about 1:00 in the morning because a raccoon was tiring to climb into the Minnie through a vent above their bed. Dad closed the vent a little and it scared the raccoon away. Then he got up and turned off the fan. Then we went back to sleep. We woke up at 7:00 and got dressed. We're not going to do too much today because it's suppose to rain. After dad got dressed he fed me my breakfast and then he went outside and climbed on the roof to see if the raccoon did any damage. He didn't but what was interesting was the raccoon climbed up the ladder to get on the roof and then climbed down it. I guess raccoons are smart. When dad got back inside mom was up making oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed we went on a walk around the campground. When we got back we went inside and relaxed until lunchtime. Mom and dad read and I slept. For lunch mom made soup for dad and her and she gave me a little snack. After lunch mom decided to workout before the rain. So she went outside to do it and I went outside with her. Dad stayed inside and read. Mom worked out for an hour and half. I stayed outside to keep her company the whole time. Mom was almost finished when I went to the door and whined. So dad let me in. Mom came in a couple of minutes later. We relaxed until 4:00 and the rain was here yet so we decided to walk around our loop and the loop across the road. We walked for a half hour and it was very humid. By the time we got back we were hot and tired so dad turned on the air condition. Boy, did that feel good. It cooled off the Minnie fast. When dinnertime came around mom and dad had a ham sandwich and chips. Mom fed me my food. When we were finished eating mom wanted to take me for a walk before the rain but I didn't want to because I was too tired. The rain came so I guess I will have to wait until morning to go on a walk. That's ok because I can wait. I'm tired so I'll say good-night.




click on photo for more pictures of Blanchard Springs Caverns

    

            Blanchard Springs Caverns                                  Water leaving Blanchard Springs Caverns  

    

        Steve Mitchell's mill being restored by the CCC             Climbing the stairs of the amphitheater in Mountain View

LOCATION:  Mountain View, Arkansas    SITE:  Whitewater RV Park
DATE:  04/11/2013    SPACE:  58    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  70 miles

Thursday April 11, 2013

Today we woke up at 7 but mom and dad didn't get out of bed until 7:15. The rain stopped during the night and the roads are starting to dry out. Our next camping adventure isn't too far away. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed and then he fed me my breakfast. After dad had fed me mom decided to get up.She got dressed and made oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. After breakfast we went on a walk around the campground. When we got back mom and dad put me in the Minnie and they went over to take a shower. When they got back we got the Minnie ready to leave. On the way out of the park we stopped and dumped our tanks. Our next adventure was Blanchard Springs Caverns. We were going to stay in the campground but it was closed because of flooding. We still stopped at the caverns so mom and dad could go on a tour.

Blanchard Springs Caverns are run by the USDA Forest Services. Blanchard Springs Caverns are 58 degrees year round. There are three different tours (Dripstone Trail, Discovery Trail and Wild Cave Tour). Mom and dad went on the Dripstone Trail because it was the only one open today. The tour was 1 hour long and the trail travels through two huge rooms. Their tour guide was Megan. During the tour Megan explained the cave and different things in the cave. Mom and dad saw a lot of magnificent crystalline formations sparkling flowstone, towering columns, delicate soda straws. During the tour Megan pointed out different formations and let you use your imagination to describe them. At the end of the tour they caught a bus back to the Visitor Center. While they were walking to catch the bus they saw a cute screech owl. When they got back to me I was very excited to see them. After we said our hellos we drove to where the water comes out of the cave. Mom and dad took me for a walk so I could see the water. After seeing the water and mom took pictures we went back to the Minnie and had lunch. Mom gave me a couple of pieces of ham for a snack and dad and mom had a ham sandwich for their lunch. When we finished our lunch we drove to a beautiful waterfall. Mom and dad left me in the Minnie and walked to the fall so they could get a better look at it. Right under the fall was an old mill. The mill was owned by Steve Mitchell and provided ground corn and ginned cotton from 1900 to 1928 when Steve died. The Mitchell family sold it to the Forest Service after Steve's death. The mill was made of wood but in 1942 the CCC started to restore it with a rock foundation and walls. The CCC never finished it because the CCC was disbanded because of World War II. After mom and dad took a few pictures they came back to me. Then we went to Mountain View.

When we got to Mountain View we found a place to stay for the night. We decided to stay at Whitewater RV Park because it was reasonable in price and it was right next to Mountain View City Park. Once we checked in and set up the Minnie for the night. We went on a walk. We ended up walking for an hour. As we were walking around we saw a sign that said Ozark Folk Center State Park and there was a trail. We're planning to go to Ozark Folk Center tomorrow and I would have to stay in the Minnie so dad thought maybe mom and he could walk over to Ozark Folk Center. Instead of turning around and going back to the Minnie we decided to hike a little. We started to hike the trail and ended up going to the baseball fields of the park. We turned around and headed back. Dad saw a bridge and a blue mark on a tree and he said that most be the trail to Ozark Folk Center. Once we found the trail and hiked it for a little while. The trail was through beautiful trees, along a creek and on a ridge. As we were hiking there were signs tell what each tree was. While hiking we had to be careful because the trail had a lot of rocks and because of the rain it was pretty wet. We walked over the bridge and hiked about a mile when we decided to turn around. We didn't know how far it went. On the way back we walked through a gorgeous amphitheater. The amphitheater was made of stone and a creek ran through it. The stage was on one side of the creek and the audience was on the other side. Where the audience sat was cool because it was made of stone and looked like stairs. We climbed the stairs to the top of the hill. Once on top of the hill there was a picnic area, where we sat down and rested. The picnic area had huge fireplaces, where you can barbecue your food and picnic tables. Both the fireplaces and tables were made of the same stone that the amphitheater was made of. It was a very nice park. After we rested we went back to the RV park. When dinnertime came around mom boiled potatoes and made gravy for dad and her dinner. Mom fed me my food for my dinner and she gave me some of the potatoes. After dinner we stayed in the Minnie and relaxed. Before I went to bed mom took me for a little walk around the park. Now I'm really tired so I' ll say good night.



click on photo for more pictures of The Ozark Folk Center State Park

    

The gunmaker at the Folk Center                               The broommaker at the Folk Center



The corn husk doll maker at the Folk Center

LOCATION:  Hull, Arkansas    SITE:  Buffalo National River Park
DATE:  04/12/13 - 04/13/2013    SPACE:  A17    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  70 miles

Friday April 12, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45 and got dressed. Dad fed me my breakfast and mom made oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the city park. We walked for about an hour. We weren't in any hurry because we're going to the Ozark Folk Center and it doesn't open until 10. When we got back to the Minnie we got it ready to leave and relaxed for about an hour before leaving. On the way to the folk center we stopped at Wal-Mart and did a little shopping. After we finished shopping we went to the folk center. The Ozark Folk Center has a Visitor Center, where you buy your daily pass and catch a bus to get to the Craft Village. The village has 24 buildings and outdoor areas for craft demonstrations and daytime music. The Ozark Folk Center was under construction so there wasn't any music and some of the shops weren't open. I was allowed to go with mom and dad to the village but they decided to leave me in the Minnie. I didn't mind because I slept. They were gone 3 hours and they had a great time. Some of the shops mom and dad visited were gun, jewelry, broommaker, doll, baskets, Lyle soap, candle, clothes, wood carving, knifes, leather, art and copper. Each shop they visited people in it demonstrating their craft and talked about the history of their craft. Some of the people in the shops were dressed in clothes from 1820-1920. When they got back to me I was very excited and started talking to them. After we said our hellos we went on a walk around the parking lot. After our walk mom fixed lunch. She mad sandwiches for dad and her. She gave me a little ham for a snack. When we were all fed we continued to our next adventure, which was Buffalo National River.

In 1972 Buffalo River became America's first national river. It used to be a state park but the congress wanted to preserve the Buffalo River as a free-flowing stream so the government bought it from Arkansas. There are many things to do and see. There's horseback riding, hiking, camping and kayaking. Dogs are allowed on two of the hiking trails. 

We arrived at Buffalo National River about 4 and drove around the campground to find a site. As we were driving around we noticed most of the sites were reservable. So we went back to the ranger station to get information about the park. The ranger told dad that there was a loop that was set up for first come first service, which was the A loop. But if we found a site in the other loops and there isn't a reservation slip on it we could stay there. After dad got some information about the park we drove to the A loop. We found a gorgeous site that looks over Buffalo River. After we parked the Minnie we walked to the bathroom and paid for a couple of nights. This national park is great because the bathrooms have showers, running water and the sites have electric and water. After paying for our stay we walked down by the river and around the campground. After our walk we set up our chairs and relaxed until dinnertime. While we were relaxing mom did an hour and half work out. When she finished with her workout she made tostadas for dad and her dinner. Then she fed me my food. After dinner we walked around the campground and a long a rim to look at the river. When we got back we went inside for the night.
 

FOURTH WEEK APRIL 13 - APRIL 19




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                                           The Buffalo River                                          Camping at Buffalo River National Park  

    

                              My new friend Bonnie                                           Kayaking down Buffalo River            

Saturday April 13, 2013

Today we woke up at 7 and got dressed. Dad fed me my breakfast and then fixed oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. After breakfast we went on a hike. We hiked the trail that I was allowed to hike. It called Forest Trail and was .7 miles one way. The trail went up a hill and through a beautiful forest. It ended up at the group camping area, which had a CCC pavilion. As we were hiking we saw a deep hole that was fenced off. We weren't sure what it was mom didn't bring the camera so we couldn't take a picture of it. The hike was challenging at the beginning because you had to go up a hill and the trail had a lot of rocks and tree roots you had to watch out for. When we got to the group site we saw a big group of boy scouts. We walked around the area and looked at the CCC pavilion. Then we sat at a picnic table and rested. After resting we went back to our campsite. We sat in our chairs for a little while and then we decided to go on a walk around the camping areas. The first loop we walked around we met a man (Joe) and his dog (Bonnie). We visited with them for a longer time. They were from Little Rock and has been here many times. As mom and dad visited with Joe Bonnie and I played. After our visit we continued our walk. We walked to another camping area, where only tents were allowed. As we walked around this loop we saw a group of boys with sacks. They were picking up walnuts off the ground. When we got back to our site it was time for lunch. Dad barbecued sausages for mom and his lunch. While dad was barbecuing Joe came by. He asked mom and dad if they wanted to go for a ride around the park. They said sure. He invited me to go with them but dad thanked him and said I could stay in the Minnie. When Joe left dad finished barbecuing. Mom gave me a little bit of my food for a snack. She also gave me a coupled pieces of her sausage. Joe and Bonnie came by about 1:30 to take mom and dad site seeing. Dad put me inside the Minnie. They were gone about three hours. I didn't mind because I slept the whole time. Joe knew the park and knew areas to go to with beautiful scenery of the river. The first stop was they did was down  a road rough, where you needed a four-wheel drive vehicle and Joe had one. Joe told dad that you could probably could take a truck down the road but dad wouldn't take ours. Once they were at the end of the road they walked on a rock to see a gorgeous view of the forest and Buffalo River said it was well worth the bumpy road. The next stop was Rush. Rush is a ghost town but use to be a mining town in 1899. They didn't stop and tour the town but they did see the buildings that were still standing. They did stop by the river. As dad was taking pictures of the river a group of kayaks came down the river. So they watched the people pull their kayaks out of the river. While they were at the river Bonnie went for a dip. After Bonnie finished with her dip they started their adventure back to the campground. Before they got back to me they drove around a looked at the cabins. When they got back mom and dad thanked Joe. Mom and dad had a fantastic time with Joe and Bonnie. I was still asleep when they got back so they had to wake me. We said our hellos and then went for a walk. When we got back dad barbecued some pork for dinner and mom fed me my food. After dinner mom did an hour workout. Do you remember the ham bone I was given at Hot Springs? Mom remembered it and gave me a piece of it. After mom finished her workout we went for a walk. When we got back we bagged up our chairs and called it a night. We had a super day now it's time to say good night.





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LOCATION:  Lakeview, Arkansas    SITE:  Bull Shoals Recreation Area Lakeview Corp Park
DATE:  04/14/13 - 04/15/2013    SPACE:  C4   TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  60 miles

Sunday April 14, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. Dad fed me my breakfast while mom got dressed. When mom finished getting dressed she mad cinnamon and spice oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed we walked around the campground and by Buffalo River. When we were going back to the Minnie we stopped and visited with a couple that were camping. We ended up visiting for over an hour. The couple was from Arkansas and they knew about the area. It was very interesting talking to people who are around the area. While we were visiting we saw a bald eagle flying down the river. After we finished our visit we went back to the Minnie and got it ready to move on to our next adventure.

Our next adventure was to Bull Shoals Recreation Area on Bull Shoals Lake. Bull Shoals Lake is a Corp of Engineer lake. Before getting to Lakeview Park we stopped at Bull Shoals-White River State Park's Visitor Center to get information on the lake and camping areas. Mom and dad left me in the Minnie while they went to the visitor center. While they were in the visitor center they watched a movie about Bull Shoals Dam. The interesting thing about the dam was that at the beginning it was only built for flood control and power and not for recreation but ended up doing so. Bull Shoals Lake is a huge lake and has many coves because it curves back and forth. When mom and dad came back to me mom took me for a walk around the parking lot. Afterwards we went to Lakeview Park.

As we were driving through Lakeview we saw some fancy professional fishing boats at motels so we figured that there was going to be a tournament or the tournament was over. When we got to Lakeview Park we stopped at the office and dad went inside and asked about getting a site. The lady told him to drive around the park and found a site. She also told dad the prices varied on which loop you took. The cheapest loop was C. Afterward we drove around and found a great site on loop C so we went back and paid for a couple of nights. When we got back we setup the Minnie for a couple of nights. It was lunchtime by the time we finished setting up so mom made lunch. Mom and dad had soup for lunch and mom gave me a little bit of my food for a snack. After lunch we walked around the park to check it out. We walked to the lake and then dad let me go swimming. The water was cold but I didn't care. After my swim we walked by the beach and swimming area. We didn't walk on the beach because I'm not allowed on the beach. When we were walking back to our site. We met a lady and her dog. He was very friendly so we said hi to each other and then I went swimming a little more. Mom and dad talked to the dog's owner while we swam. After our swim we went back to our site and relaxed. Mom worked out for an hour and half while dad read and I slept. When dinnertime came around mom cooked up some bake beans and leftover sausage for dad and hers dinner. She fed me my food. After dinner we went on another walk around the park and during our walk we saw a few more fishing boat. So we figured that the tournament was probably going to be next weekend and the professional fishermen came in early to find the right place to fish. We walked around for a half hour and by the time we got back I was tired so went inside and called it a night.       


     

Starting our hike down Dogwood Trail                                 Dad and I resting during our hike    

Monday April 15, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45 this time mom got up when dad did. They got dressed and dad fed me my breakfast. Mom made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. After breakfast we went on a 3.4 mile hike for two hour. The trail went up and down a hill to a buff that looks over the lake. The trail went over a couple of creeks and through beautiful trees. The trail was steep at places which made it challenging. The trail was very well maintained with markers on the tree and there were benches along the trail to relax on. When we got to the end of the trail we had hiked 1.7 miles. We walked on the buff to look at the lake. It view was spectacular and lake was so clear you could see how deep it was and boulders of the cliff. We stood on the buff and took pictures. We could see a couple of boat ramps and we saw a lot more boat trailers in the parking lot than yesterday. We saw a few fishing boats on the lake. After taking pictures we turned around and took the trail back to the campground. When we got to one of the creeks I walked through it and got a drink. As we were walking through the campground we met a couple of ladies that stopped their walk just to say hi to me. I was tired but if someone is going to pay attention to me I'll perk up to say hi. By the time we got back I was exhausted so I went straight to my chair to rest. We had a fantastic hike. We haven't seen too many deer during our stay in Arkansas so far but we did see a couple of deer during our hike. Mom, dad and I rested in our chairs until lunchtime. At lunchtime dad barbecued some taco seasoned sausage for mom and his lunch. Dad had soft tacos and mom had tostadas. Mom gave me a little bit of my food for a snack. After lunch mom and dad took me down to the lake so I could go swimming. I was really happy because the water felt so good on my tired feet and it cooled me off. After I swam we hung around for awhile. While we were at the ramp we talked to a few fishermen. They told us that the tournament was going to start  on Wednesday and it had 400 registered for it. Some of the fishermen were testing out the lake early. As we were walking back to our site we looked at the boat trailers. When we got back to our site dad and I went to our chairs to relax and mom workout for a hour. After mom finished working out she relaxed until dinnertime. For dinner mom and dad had what they had for lunch. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we went for another walk we walked for a half hour. I was so tired it seemed a lot longer. When we got back we sat in our chair for a little while and then mom and dad bagged the chairs. Afterwards we went inside and called it a night.


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