Flo's March 2013 Travels

March Fun Times Adventures 2013




Homeowners Park

LOCATION:  Austin, Texas    SITE:  Homeowners Park    DATE:  03/11/2013    DISTANCE:  0 miles

Monday March 11, 2013

We have been home from our camping adventure to Muleshoe Bend park for a little over a week and mom needed to go the dumpster so she asked me if I wanted to go with her. I got so excited that I started to jump up and down. Mom and dad loaded up the truck with our trash and then mom put me in the truck. Afterwards mom and I went down to the homeowners park. When mom stopped at the dumpster she let me out of the truck so I could do some exploring while she got rid of our trash. After she was finished she drove me down to the gazebo and parked the truck. We walked around the park for an hour or so. As we walked around I explored and swam. When we got to our boat docks we walked we walked on them. This week is Spring Break so the kids are out of school so when we were on the docks we saw four boys fishing. When I saw them I walked up to each one of them and said hi. Mom introduced me to them and each one of them pet me. The boys said the fishing wasn't too good they hadn't caught anything. After saying hi mom and I continued our walk around the park. It was a little chilly walking around the park but it didn't stop me from swimming occasionally but I mainly explored. We also saw a couple of boats on the lake. We were almost back to the truck when I spotted a couple of ducks swimming so I decided to swim after them. They didn't fly away so I gave up and swam back to the shore. By the time we got back to the truck I was tired. When I get tired it takes mom awhile to get me in the truck. Today she ended up picking my front paws and putting them inside the truck and then she put my back paws inside. After she did this I climbed on the seat and rested. When we got home I climbed out by myself but when we got inside I went to my bed to sleep. I slept until mom started to do her workout. When ever she does her workout I go outside so she can have enough room to do it. I don't mind going outside especially when the sun is out. That way I can sun for awhile.




click on photo for more pictures of Behind the Scenes with SHEL


   
Liza                                                                          Hannah

   

Eva                                                                             Sarah

LOCATION:  Austin, Texas    SITE:  My House    DATE:  03/12/2013    DISTANCE:  0 miles

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Blue Rock Studio e-mailed dad to invite both mom and him to join them on a special behind the scenes production with the SHEL. SHEL are four sisters (Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza) who are trained classically musicians. SHEL sing classic and eccentric songs. Sarah is a violinist and vocalist. Hannah plays the piano and keyboard. She is a composer and sings. Eva plays the Mandolin, Electric Mandolin and Cello. She is the lead vocalist and one of the primary writers of the group. Liza plays the Drums and Percussion. She is equally proficient on the Djembe and Roland HandSonic drum. Mom and dad have seen behind the scenes at Blue Rock Studio before but this time it was a little different. It seemed like it was more relaxed. The first one was very structured and this one didn't seem as structured. Billy talked to each member of the band. Before the SHEL started recording some of their songs we saw what preparation each member went through. We watched the engineers working with each band member to make sure that their musical instrument sounded alright to them. As they were working together there was laughing and they seemed very relax with each other. We had a great experience with SHEL. 


 


click on photo for more pictures of Dad's new toy

   

                    Dad's new toy                                              Staying away from the helicopter

LOCATION:  Austin, Texas    SITE:  My House    DATE:  03/13/2013    DISTANCE:  0 miles

Wednesday March 13, 2013

Dad has been thinking about getting something to play with around the house. So when we got back from our camping adventure to Muleshoe Bend park dad ordered a helicopter.
He got the helicopter in a week ago and has been flying it every day. The first day dad played with the helicopter I was curious. I cocked my head trying to figure what it was but when dad flew it to me I decided I didn't really like it. I don't know why maybe it's because the helicopter has a high pitched noise when it's flying. So when ever dad flys the helicopter I go outside but today I stayed inside and watched it again. But when dad flew it to me I backed away. I'm still trying to figure our what it is. Mom tells me it's a helicopter but it doesn't look like the helicopters I see in the sky. It's too small and it confuses me. I'll continue trying to figure it out. I'm glad dad likes his new toy.




click on photo for more pictures of The Dunwells Concert


   

                   5088 Discrete Analogue Mixer                      David Dunwell, Joseph Lamb and Joseph Dunwell

LOCATION:  Austin, Texas    SITE:  My House    DATE:  03/14/2013    DISTANCE:  0 miles

Thursday March 14, 2013

Today was a special day because we were in town and Blue Rock Studio was doing a live concert tonight. The group that they were hosting was The Dunwells. The Dunwells is a five man band from England. The group members are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals and guitars) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo and vocals) along with cousins Joseph Lamb (vocals and drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and longtime best friend Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). They have been together since 2009. The band performed great and joked around with each other. We enjoyed the concert very well. During the intermission Blue Rock talked about their new console, which was a 5088 Discrete Analogue Mixer designed by Rupert Neve. The console was hugh. By streaming the concert we didn't have to drive all the way to Wimberley and relax on our coach in the living room.




click on photo for more pictures of Blue Rock 7th Birthday



Dodee Crockett, two volunteers and Billy Crockett

   

  The performers on the Silver Spoon Stage                            Erin Ivey one of the outside performers

   

          The Sea The Sea                                                           David Berkeley

   

Amy Speace                                                                          Seth Glier

LOCATION:  Wimberley, Texas    SITE:  Blue Rock Studio    DATE:  03/16/2013    DISTANCE:  40 miles

Saturday March 16, 2013

Once again mom and dad were invited to attend Blue Rock 7th Birthday celebration. Before mom and dad started their adventure to Blue Rock, mom went down to the park to join in a fantastic Yoga class with Danya. The class was an hour long, where each person workout at their own level. Mom had a great workout she worked muscles she usually didn't worked. Mom daily workout is usually with the WII Fit. One program that is on the WII is Yoga but with she does this program she uses the balance board so she doesn't work her muscles as hard. When she does the floor yoga with the WII she doesn't push herself as hard as she does with Danya. Danya is a super instructor. In the last two weeks mom has doing an Anti-Aging Program on the ROKU so this helped her to get ready for Danya's class. Even doing this workout she still got sore but it's a good sore.

After mom got home from the Yoga class we had a little lunch. Mom and dad didn't leave to go to Blue Rock until 1:00 because the music inside wasn't starting until 2:30.  This year Blue Rock added a stage outside called Silver Spoon Stage. The first performer started 1:00 and the last performer was at 5:35. Each performer performed for 20 minutes and then there was a 5 minute in between each performer. Mom and dad only watched a couple of performers outside because it was too hot outside. The first performer inside was at 2:30 and the last performer was at 6:00. The performers inside were Phoebe Hunt, David Berkeley, The Sea The Sea, Robby Hecht, Gabriel Santiago Trio, Amy, Speace, Seth Glier and Ben Soliee. The type of music that mom and dad listened to at Blue Rock was Country, Blue Grass, Folk, Jazz and Americana. Besides having a lot of fabulous music Blue Rock had free food (tamales, chips and salsa, cookies, Silver Spoon popsicles and birthday cake) and sodas and tea. Mom and dad had a great time listening to the understanding music and walking around the grounds. While they were there they treated themselves to peach tea, tamales and chips and salsa. Mom and dad didn't get home until 7:30 so I was very happy to see them. I ran down the driveway to greet them. After we said our hellos we went inside and mom fed me my dinner. After dinner we relaxed in the house.     





click on photo for more pictures of St. Patrick Day at the park

LOCATION:  Austin, Texas    SITE:  Homeowners Park    DATE:  03/18/2012    DISTANCE:  0 miles

Sunday March 17, 2013

Today was a gorgeous day so dad decided he wanted to do something outside. Mom was getting ready to barbecue a T-bone steak for dad's dinner and shrimp for hers when dad suggested to go to the park. Mom put a cooler together and we went to the park. While dad was barbecuing the steak and shrimp I went down to the lake so I could swim and explore. Today mom followed me down to the lake so she could take a few pictures. After she took the pictures she went back to dad and let me do my own thing. When I finished swimming and exploring I joined mom and dad. While we were waiting for dinner a family came to the park to go swimming. The family had three dogs so I went over to introduce myself. Mom told the family I was friendly so the family let their dogs play with me. While we were playing mom visited with the family. By the time mom and I got back dinner was ready. Mom decided she would wait until we got home to feed me my dinner but I didn't go without anything to eat mom gave me some of her shrimp. After we finished eating dinner we relaxed while we were waiting for the grill to cool off.  Once the grill cooled off we loaded the truck up and went home. We had a fun time at the park.

LOCATION:  Austin, Texas    SITE:  Homeowners Park    DATE:  03/22/2012    DISTANCE:  0 miles

Friday March 22, 2013

For the last few days mom and dad have been getting the Minnie ready to go on our Spring Trip. Today they had to do a dumpster run so they decided to take me with them. After they got rid of our trash we went down by the lake so I could swim and explore. While I did this mom and dad sat at a picnic table. When we first got to the park it wasn't that busy. But after awhile a lot of homeowners came down to visit. It was a Friday night and the weather was gorgeous so I guess everyone wanted to socialize. I was too busy I didn't notice the people and their dogs until I was finished doing my thing. I wanted to go say to everyone and the dogs. As I was going over to visit one of the dogs started to bark at me so I didn't get a chance to. That was ok because mom and dad were ready to leave. Mom dried me off and then dad put me in the truck.We had a super time at the park.

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March Camping Adventures 2013

SPRING TRIP 2013

FIRST WEEK MARCH 23 - MARCH 29



Sulphur Springs

LOCATION:  Sulphur Spring, Texas    SITE:  Lowe's Parking Lot
DATE:  03/23/13    SPACE:  00    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  309 miles

Saturday March 23, 2013

Today was the first day of our Spring Trip Adventure. This year we're not going too far and we're going to visit only 2 states (Arkansas and Missouri). When we got up in the morning we ate some breakfast and finished getting the Minnie ready. We left the house about 9:00. The first stop was in Sulphur Spring, which was 309 miles from our house. The route we took was mainly interstate and we had to drive through Dallas. The only major traffic problem was through Dallas. When lunchtime came along we stopped at a McDonald's. Before mom and dad went inside to have lunch they took me for a walk. After mom and dad had some lunch we continued our adventure. We arrived in Sulphur Spring about 3:30 and we stopped a Wal-Mart to get gas. We were going to stay at Wal-Mart but we decided to go across the street to the Lowe's because we thought it would be quieter. After parking the Minnie it started to rain. Mom waited for the rain to stop and then she took me for a walk around the parking lot. It was a nice walk because there was a lot of grass to walk in. We didn't go too far because it was cold and windy. I didn't mind it at all but mom was cold. When we got back to the Minnie mom put me inside and dad and her went inside of Lowe's to buy a new fire alarm because ours was ready to quite. When they got back it was dinnertime so mom made ham sandwiches for dad and her dinner. Then she fed me my food. After dinner mom took me for another walk this time it was a little longer. When we got back we called it a night. Mom worked on her Sudoku and started reading, dad read and I slept.




click on photo for more pictures of Millwood State Park

LOCATION:  Ashdown, Arkansas    SITE:  Millwood State Park
DATE:  03/24/13 - 03/25/13    SPACE:  B028    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  126 miles

Sunday March 24, 2013

The wind blew all night and at times it was so strong that it rocked the Minnie about. Mom and dad woke up a couple times during the night because of the wind. Mom woke dad and me up about 6:30. She crawled out of bed and got dressed. I was happy that she got up because I was ready to get out from behind my gate. Mom took the gate down and we said our hellos. Afterwards she fed me my breakfast. Shortly afterwards dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. When he finished getting dressed he made cinnamon and spice oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. When everyone was finished with breakfast mom took my for a short walk around the parking lot. When we got back mom and dad discussed if we should stay in Sulphur Springs for another day or continued down the road. They decided to continue on our adventure. Mom straighten up the Minnie. We were only going a little ways today so we weren't in any hurry. Before we arrived at Millwood State Park we stopped at an Arkansas Welcome Center to get some information on Arkansas. The welcome center was in the middle of the Interstate and was very nice. There was a picnic area, a pet area, restroom and a information shop. The lady (Teresa) that worked in the center was very helpful and friendly. She was very knowledgeable of Arkansas. She suggested places to visit, places to eat at and sites to see. She told us about different things that are going on in Arkansas and how the state parks work. Mom and dad thanked her for the information and suggestions. When they got back mom took me for a walk. Afterwards we went to Millwood State Park.

Millwood is very nice park. It has a lake with a marina on it. At the marina you can rent fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and hydro bikes. The marina also has a store to buy groceries, bait, gas and gifts. The park has a couple of playgrounds, 115 campsites (two Class AAA, two Class A, 108 Class B). We stayed in a Class B site because it had electric and water hook ups and no sewage. The park also had a couple of playgrounds and two hiking trails. There are alligators at the park but they don't come out of hibernation until middle of April beginning of May.

We arrived at Millwood State Park about 10. Mom and dad set up the Minnie for a couple of nights. We didn't do too much today because it was too cold because the wind was blowing. We walked around the campground a couple of times. The first walk mom and I walked to the trailhead and around the D Loop. As we walked mom and I walked in the sun and we met a family. They were getting ready to leave but the mom and two kids (boy and girl) stopped packing up their stuff to say hi to me and mom. After we finished visiting we went back to dad. We walked for a half hour. When we got back dad thought we got lost but he was ok when mom told us where we walked to. Our second walk was after dinner and dad decided to walk with us. We walked to the hiking trailhead and started to hike the short loop trail but we didn't go too far because the trail got muddy. We tried to hike the trail the other way but it was muddier. Because the trail was so muddy we decided that we probably won't be hiking tomorrow. We walked for about 45 minutes. Today for lunch mom and dad had beef stew and mom gave me a milk bone for a snack. Before we left to go on our adventure mom made a Chicken Black Bean Bake so mom and dad had that for dinner. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After we finished our second walk we called it a night. Good night.

Monday March 25, 2013

Last night we slept a lot better because the wind went down and we had the electric heater going. It got down to 30 degrees outside. Before mom went to bed last night she set the heater to 60 degrees so it was nice and warm in the Minnie. Mom and dad woke up at 7 but didn't get up until 7:30. Dad got out of bed before mom and turned up the heater and took my gate down. While dad was getting dressed we said our hellos. After he finished getting dressed he fed me my breakfast. I was so excited I hopped up and down. After he fed me he made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. When the oatmeal was ready mom crawled out of bed. After everyone was fed we went for a half hour walk around the campground. We didn't go too far because it was cold. We walked to the marina and looked at the facility from the shore. It was very nice. As we were walking we watched the Canadian geese and ducks swimming. I didn't mind the cold at all but mom and dad did so we went back to the Minnie. The only time we left the Minnie was when mom took me for a few walks and dad and mom went over to take a shower. For lunch dad had chili and mom had a ham sandwich. Mom didn't have chili because she thought it had too many calories and she is still on her diet.She gave me a little ham and a milk bone for a snack. After lunch mom worked out. She did a little weight lifting and part of her Jazz Aerobic routine. She worked out inside because it was too windy outside. She did very well considering the Minnie is only 21'. When she finished dad and she went to restroom to take a shower. When mom came back she took me for a walk. We walked for about a half hour. We walked around the campground and stopped by another Minnie and visited with the owner. This Minnie was 28' and ours is 21'. After we visited with him for awhile we continued our walk. We walked to the trailhead and back. When dinnertime came around mom and dad had some more of the Chicken Black Bean Bake. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we all went for a walk. We weren't gone too long because it was cold. We only walked around our loop. When we got back we called it a night. Today was a very relaxing day. We stayed inside. Dad read, Mom read, did some Sudoku and worked on my website. I slept. Good night.




click on photo for more pictures of Site Seeing in Arkansas         
         

LOCATION:  Hope, Arkansas    SITE:  City of Hope's Fair Park
DATE:  03/26/13    SPACE:  B018    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  97 miles

Tuesday March 26, 2013

We woke up at 7:00 this morning but I let mom and dad stay in bed until 7:30. While I waited I did a little grooming. When dad finally crawled out of bed I ready to have my breakfast. Dad took down my gate and then got dressed. After he was dressed he fed me my breakfast. When I finished my breakfast mom got out of bed and got dressed. Then she made some maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed mom and dad straighten up the Minnie. When they were finished we went for a walk around the campground. We walked for a half hour. While we were walking mom took pictures of the park. When we got back dad started up the Minnie to warm it up before leaving Millwood State Park. Our next camping stop is in Hope.


   

             Millwood Lake Dam                                                Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown

     

World War II Exhibit at Two Rivers Museum      A Quilt Exhibit at Two Rivers Museum

   

The United States Post Office and Court House in Texarkana               Mom standing in Arkansas and Texas  

On the way to Hope we stopped and did a little site seeing. As we were leaving Millwood we drove around the lake and over the dam. When we were driving around the lake we stopped a couple of times to take pictures of the lake. Afterwards we drove back to Ashdown to go to the Two Rivers Museum. The Two Rivers Museum has many exhibits about Little County cultural heritage. The artifacts in the exhibits are donated by citizens in the county. The museum is funded by grants, donations and fundraisers. The museum exhibits range from military and medical to pipes and hats. The newest exhibit was the World War II. We had an enjoyable experience at the museum and the volunteer was very knowledgeable of the history of the exhibits. After leaving Ashdown we drove to Texarkana. Dad read there was a United States Post Office and Court House in the middle of the town, where half of it was in Arkansas and half was in Texas. When dad found the building we stopped and mom and him walked to the building. Once there dad took a few pictures. There was a cool sign in front of the building that had an Arkansas and Texas flag on it and a line in the middle where you can half one foot in Arkansas and one foot in Texas. Of course mom had to get her picture in front of it. This was so cool!!! While they were taking pictures one of the guards came out and visited with them. Before they went into the building there was a sign that said on electronic devices were allowed, which included cell phones and cameras and you also had to show a picture ID. When they got inside the guards told them that the sign was for the Court House part of the building and they were allowed to go in the Post Office with a camera. They were relief so they took pictures of the Post Office and not the Court House. Afterwards they came back to me. I was very excited to see them. We said our hellos and then we continued our adventure to Hope. Before we left Texarkana we stopped and had lunch at Long John Silvers. After mom and dad ate lunch mom took me for a walk and gave me a little snack.




Touring Historic Washington State Park

   

Our tour guide showing dad a weaving project                 Mom and a Tour guide finishing up a print job
  
   

     Touring a Reyston Log Cabin                                  The tour guide of the Blacksmith Shop


Our next stop was at Historic Washington State Park. The unique thing about this state park is that the park is actually the city of Washington. The state works with other organization to preserve and interpret the town's nineteenth century history. The tour guides dress like the people in that century. There are two different types of walking tours and self-guided driving tours. The walking tours are $8 Full Tour and $5.50 Sample Tour. The full tour is where you see tour seven buildings and the sample tour you choose two buildings to tour. Mom and dad did the full tour. They toured the 1874 Courthouse, Trimble Home (1847), Morrison Tavern Inn Kitchen (1960), Weapons Museum (1925), Print Museum (1915), 1836 Courthouse, Royston Log House (1835) and Blacksmith Shop. The 1874 Courthouse is the gift shop and where you purchase the tour tickets. During our tour we had four different tour guides and as we were walking  from one building to the next the tour guide would talk about the history of Washington. The first tour guide we had was for The Trimble House and Morrison Tavern. The Trimble House was unique in that the Trimble family was the only family that lived in it and the L shape porch it had around it. When we got to the Morrison Tavern the tour guide showed items that were weaved at the park and she explained the different types of weaving they did during the era. She also demonstrated how to weave and explained how to set up the machine to weave. The second tour guide was for the Weapons Museum and Print Museum. This guide is usually the gardener but today he was filling in for another employee. The Weapons Museum was a self-guided tour but the guide was there to answer any questions about the museum. The museum was B.W. Edwards collection of weapons. There were swords, knifes, rifles, shot gun, pistols and many other types of fire arms. The museum was very interesting and the weapons were displayed nicely. After walking around the museum our tour guide took us across the street to the Print Museum. While touring the print museum mom participated in a printing demonstration, where she printed out a little document. The tour guide did a great job on the history of the print machines and the history of printing. Our third tour guide was for the 1836 Courthouse and Royston Log House. The 1836 Courthouse was two stories tall and was used as a courthouse and a school. The second floor was used by lawyers and a meeting place for different groups. Mom and dad toured both floors. The Royston Log Cabin was a duplex, where two people shared the same cabin. In front of the Royston Log Cabin is the oldest magnolia tree in Arkansas. It was planted in 1839 and it's hugh. Our finally tour guide and stop was the Blacksmith Shop. The guide talked about the history of the Bowie knife and showed bowie knives he made. When showing the knives he explained the uniqueness for the knives and how you can tell the differences of the knives. Mom and dad had a fantastic tour. By the time mom and dad got back to me they had been gone for over three hours. I was very happy to see them. After we said our hellos mom and dad took me for a walk around the visitor center. When we got back we headed to Hope.





click on photo for more pictures of the City of Hope Fair Park

Once we were in Hope we looked for Fair Park because that is where we're staying for the night. We found the park and then we drove around to find the office. When dad found the office he paid for the night. Fair Park was very nice. It had a playground, RV hookups with electric and water, baseball fields, swimming pool, livestock barns, restrooms, concession stands and tennis courts. We had no problems finding a site to park. During our stay we walked around the park a couple of times. As we walked around we saw people enjoying the park and a couple of puppies barked at us. We had very relaxing stay at Fair Park.





click on photo for more pictures of Kirby Landing Corp Park

LOCATION:  Kirby, Arkansas    SITE:  Kirby Landing Corp Park
DATE:  03/27/13    SPACE:  71    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  99 miles

 Wednesday March 27, 2013

Today we woke up at 7:30 dad crawled out of bed  and got dressed. Afterwards he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating dad prepared oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. Mom crawled out of bed when the oatmeal was ready. After breakfast we went for a walk around the park. There's a dog kennel next store to the park so while we were walking the dogs started to bark at us just to say hi. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad got it ready to go because today we're moving on to Kirby Landing Corp Park.

On the way to Kirby Landing we stopped at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Crater of Diamonds is the only diamond production site in the world where the public can dig for diamonds and keep any the diamonds they find. The diamond search area is a 36-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of an ancient, gem-bearing volcanic pipe. The first diamonds were found in 1906 by the farmer that owned the property. Over the years it has exchanged hands many time. In 1972 the State of Arkansas purchased it and made it into a state park. Diamonds come in a variety of colors but the three most common colors are white, brown and yellow. The biggest diamond that was found at Crater of Diamonds State Park was 16.37-carat white diamond in 1875 by a man from Amarillo Texas. I was allowed to go with mom and dad to look for diamonds but they decided to leave me in the Minnie. This was ok with me because I could sleep while they were gone. Before they left mom took me for a walk and gave me some water. This was the first time we had been at Crater of Diamonds before so it was very exciting. The first building they went into was the Visitor Center to find out what to do and to pay for their admission, which was $7 a piece. The lady in the gift shop was very helpful and told them what to do. Mom and dad didn't have any of the equipment to mine the diamonds with so they had to rent a basic kit. The basic kit consisted of a shovel, bucket and two screens, which was $43.84 but when you return the kit you get the $35 deposit back. Once they got their kit they walked to the field and started ding for diamonds. While mom was digging dad walked around to see how other people were mining of diamonds. Mom put some dirt in the bucket and then they walked over to one of the two rinse stations. The rinse station consist of rows of troughs full of cold water. Mom and dad played in the water and looked for diamonds about an hour and then they came back to the Minnie for lunch. When they got back to me mom took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back mom made ham sandwiches for dad and hers lunch. After lunch mom and dad went back to the diamond area. Before they went to the field they stopped and bought gloves for mom because the water was freezing. The gloves protected mom's hands from the water but her hands still got cold. They dug for another two hours before returning to me. While they were at the park they met a couple of guys one was from Tucson and the other one was from Dallas. Mom and dad had a great time looking for diamonds even though they didn't find any. Before leaving Crater of Diamonds State Park mom took me on another walk.

Our next stop for camping was Kirby Landing Corp Park. As we were driving to Kirby Landing we drove by the dam and stopped at an observation area to take pictures of Lake Greeson. We were going to stay at Narrows Dam Campground but after driving through it we decided we would drive to Kirby Landing to see what it had to offer. Narrows Dam Campground was nice but it didn't offer much. When we got to Kirby Landing Campground we liked it better because you have a gorgeous view of Lake Greeson. Kirby Landing is one of the corp campgrounds on Lake Greeson. Lake Greeson is a 7,260 acre surface area lake 12 miles long. Kirby Landing has 87 sites with electric, restroom with showers, playground, a boat ramp, beach and hiking trails. During our stay we walked around the campground and to the campground next to ours. When dinnertime came around mom heated up some leftovers (Chicken Black Bean Bake) for dad and hers dinner. She fed me my food for dinner. Kirby Landing was a beautiful campground with trees through out the campground.





click on photo for more picture of Hot Springs National Park

    

Oaklawn Horse Track and Casino                                      The starting gate of a race

LOCATION:  Hot Springs, Arkansas    SITE:  Hot Springs National Park Gulpha Campground
DATE:  03/28/13 - 03/31/2013    SPACE:  8    TRIP:  88    DISTANCE:  87 miles

Thursday March 28, 2013

We woke up at 7:15. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. After he got dressed he fed me my food and then he made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. When breakfast was ready mom crawled out of bed. After everyone was fed we went for a walk around the campground. When we finished our walk mom and dad got the Minnie ready to go. Today we going to Hot Springs National Park for a few days. It's going to rain through the weekend and dad wanted to get power. Dad read that they had put power in Hot Springs National Park. When we got to the campground we found out that the park had full hook-ups, which means that each site has sewer hook-ups too. The park also has some sites with no hook-ups. We decided to take a site with full hook-ups because if we're going to stuck in the Minnie for a few days we wanted to be comfortable.

We arrived at Hot Spring National Park about 11:00. Dad drove around the campground to see what sites were available. As he was driving around he stopped and talked to the host. The host told dad that the campground works on first come first serve, just park your RV at a site that was available and then go to the registration building. Registration is computer operated and you can for the site with a credit card or in cash. Dad thought this was great. We found a site and parked the Minnie. Then we walked to the building to pay for a couple of nights. After dad finished paying we walked around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie dad called Oaklawn Race Track to see what time the horse races were. The lady told him the first race was at 1:30 and the last race was at 5:15. Mom and dad were excited because it was 11:00 and that would give them time to have lunch before going to the races. Mom and dad had a ham sandwich for lunch and mom gave me a little snack. At 12:15 we drove the Minnie to Oaklawn Race Track. The track was only about 5 miles from the park so it didn't take too long to get there. When we got to the track dad had to pay $5 dollars to park and we had to park in the far corner of the parking lot. We didn't care because mom and dad don't mind walking. While mom and dad went to the races I stayed in the Minnie and slept. Mom did very well. She started with $20 dollars to bet with and came back with $8 dollars. That includes buying a coke. While they were at the races they took pictures of the track, the races and the showing area. A sad thing happened during a race one of the horses had to be put down because it got hurt while racing and it couldn't be saved. That was a downer but they still had a great time. There were nine races but they only stayed for eight of them because they thought I was in the Minnie long enough by myself. When they got back to me we said our hellos and then they took me for a walk. When we finished our walk we went back to the park. By the time we got back it was dinnertime so mom heated up some more of the Chicken Black Bean Bake for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food. After we ate dinner we went for a walk around the campground. We were almost back when we met some people and a dog. We visit with our new friends until it started to get dark and then we all said good-bye. When we got back to the Minnie we called it a night.


    

Dad and I on the stepping stones to get across Gulpha Creek                Open Springs in Hot Springs                      

    

The most popular bathhouse Buckstaff                            Dad checking out one of the Hot Springs

    

         Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center                        The Observation Tower on Hot Springs Mountain

Friday March 29, 2013

Today we woke up at 7:15. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. Afterwards he fed me my breakfast and made oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. When the oatmeal was finished mom crawled out of bed. It rained a little during the night and it was a little damped outside but it didn't stop us from going on a walk around the campground. When we got back mom and dad went on a hike. I could have gone on the hike with mom and dad but they were going to go in some buildings so they decided to leave me at the Minnie. Before mom left she gave me a milk bone. They hiked up a hill and down to Hot Springs. All the hiking trailheads are on the other side of Gulpha Creek so you have to use the stepping stones to get there. The trail they took to town was called Dead Chief Trail and it took them to the Grand Promenade. The trail was very nice and it times challenging. Mom and dad hiked up a hill by hiking switchbacks and occasionally they stopped to rest. The Grand Promenade is a scenic walkway that takes you to Bathhouse Row. As they walked through Hot Springs they took pictures of the bathhouses and the city. The oldest and most popular bathhouse is the Buckstaff - Baths, which is over 100 years old. When they got to Hot Springs Visitor Center they went inside and watched a movie about the bathhouses and the history of Hot Springs. Afterwards they started their adventure back to the campground. They decided to take the Peak Trail and the Gulpha Gorge Trail. The Peak Trail took them to the Observation Tower. This trail was very nice but challenging because they had to climb back up the mountain. Once they were at the observation tower they paid the fee and rode the elevator to the top of the tower, where they saw great views of Hot Springs and the surrounding area. When they got to the top of the tower they were glad they had their jackets because the wind was cold. After walking around in the observation tower they took the Peak Trail until they got to a picnic area where the Gulpha Gorge Trail began. The Gulpha Gorge Trail was challenging because they were going down hill most of the time and they had to watch out for the loose gravel. When they were almost to the campground they had to climb down some stairs. They knew the stairs were there because they had to climb up the stairs when they were going to Hot Springs. As they were hiking the tails they hiked through trees (pine trees, oak trees and dogwoods) and some of the dogwoods were starting to bloom. They had a great hike. By the time mom and dad got back to me they were gone for three and half hours so I was very happy to see them. After we said our hellos they took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back it was time for lunch. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches and chips. Mom gave me a little snack.

After lunch we hung around the Minnie and relaxed. At 3:30 dad asked mom if she wanted to go to Oaklawn and gamble a little. She said of course so she straightened up the Minnie so we could drive there. While mom and dad gambled a little I stayed in the Minnie. They weren't gone too long because they were disappointed with the casino. The non-smoking area wasn't really separated from the smoking area. The non-smoking area was a couple of rows of slots and you can smoke on the end aisles. Mom does the gambling and she didn't like the slot machines in the non-smoking area so she ended up in the smoking area. The machines were a little better but still they weren't the greatest. They might have been gone for about 45 minutes. When they left the casino mom had won $.75. When they got back to me. We said our hellos and then went back to the campground. When we were back mom and dad took me for a little walk this time we walked on the stepping stones and started to hike a trail but decided not to continue because it was up the mountain and mom and dad were tired. So we walked back on the stepping stones and walked along Gulpha Creek. As we were walking dad let me get my feet wet     in the creek. When we got back to the Minnie mom cooked up the rest of the Chicken Black Bean Bake for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food. After dinner mom visited with one of her new friends and met her husband and her dog. Mom came back to get me so I could meet a new friend. I really didn't want to go but I ended up going. While I was meeting him I also met a couple more. After visiting a little mom took me for a walk around the campground and then back to the Minnie. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside and called it a night.

SECOND WEEK MARCH 30 - APRIL 5

Saturday March 30, 2013

Today we woke up at 7:15. It started to rain early this morning and was still raining a little so we decided to stay at Hot Springs National Park for another day. Dad crawled out of and got dressed. Afterwards he fed me my breakfast and then he made cinnamon and spice oatmeal for mom and his breakfast. After everyone finished eating breakfast we went for a short walk so I could take care of business and so dad could pay for another night. It sprinkled most of the day the sun finally came out about 5:30. I slept while mom and dad read. The only time we left the Minnie was to go for a few walks around the campground to stretch our legs and for me to take care of business. Because the weather was nasty mom and dad had soup for lunch and mom gave me a little chicken and a chicken bone. For dinner mom microwaved bacon so she and dad could have bacon sandwiches. The longest walk we had was after dinner because the rain was gone and the sun was out. After we got back from the walk we went inside and called a night. While we were relaxing one of our neighbors came over and asked if I would like a ham bone. Dad told him I would love it so he gave us a bone. I'm waiting to eat it until I'm outside. Today was a very relaxing day.

Sunday March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!!! Mom woke us up at 7:00 because she had to go to the bathroom. She crawled out of bed and got dressed and then went to the bathroom. When she finished she fed me my breakfast and then she made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. By the time breakfast was ready dad was up and dressed so mom and him sat down to have breakfast. It's suppose to rain today but it hasn't started yet. When we finished eating breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie we relaxed mom put things away because if it doesn't rain we're going to move on. We weren't home that long when the rain came. Before the rain came the man that gave me the ham bone his wife put on rabbit ear and put some plastic eggs in a bucket. Afterwards she hid the eggs around their campsite. Then their little girl went looking for them. The little girl was probably about 1 1/2 or 2 years old. This was great to watch. About 10 mom went to the office to pay for another night of camping. The rain once again stayed around most of the day so we had another relaxing day. Dad read, mom read and worked on SUDOKU and I slept. The sun came out earlier today so mom took me for longer walks and I met a lot of new people and new dogs friends. Mom and dad had soup for lunch and mom gave me a little snack. For dinner mom and dad had left over pizza and I had my food. After dinner we went for a walk and we met more people and dogs. Today the campground was busier. People were picnicking, walking around, barbecuing, hiking the trails and making campfires. Today started out nasty but ended up being a beautiful day. We have had a super time at Hot Springs National Park. We met a lot of new people and dogs.