October Camping Adventures 2010

FALL TRIP IN 2010 Continues



click on photo for more pictures of Sangchris Lake State Park


       

The Minnie at Sangchris Lake                                                   Sangchris Lake                                                    Flo watching the fishermen fish



LOCATION:   Edinburg, Illinois    SITE:  Sangchris Lake State Park (Deer Run Campground)
DATE:  9/30/10 - 10/01/10     SPACE:  03    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  140 miles

Thursday September 30, 2010

Mom slept downstairs last night because she thought it would be too hot upstairs with dad. So when dad woke up he woke mom. Mom let me sleep in her seat so I was still asleep when mom and dad woke up. It was about 6:45 when we woke up. When I heard mom getting my breakfast I got up. After mom gave me my breakfast she sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk. When we got back we left Starved Rock Campground. Mom and dad wanted to go by the lodge and the hiking trails before we left the park. The campground is about 2 miles from the lodge and hiking trails. Mom and dad thought that was real dumb. When the ranger came by yesterday he said the reason you had to drive to the trails was because you would have to cross a busy street and it would be safer to drive there. When we got to where the lodge was mom and dad got our of the Minnie and walked around. I stayed inside to sleep but I didn't sleep because I wanted to see what mom and dad were doing. As they were walking around mom took pictures. It was a beautiful area. There were a lot of wood carvings all over the place. The carvings were of bears, raccoons, eagles, flowers, turkeys, fox and an Indian. They were gorgeous. There were cabins, a beautiful lodge, a gift shop, a restaurant, boat rental place and hiking trails. The hiking trails run along a gorgeous canyon. Mom and dad were very impressed by the lodge area. When they got back to me we continued our adventure to Sangchris Lake State Park.

We arrived at Sangchris Lake State Park at 1:00. There are 2 campgrounds. One campground is by the lake with electricity and the other campground is across the street. We decided on the campground away from the lake because we wanted a site without electricity. It's not too cold yet so we didn't need power. Deer Run Campground has 3 loops. One has electricity, one without electricity and a tent area. It also has 5 sites for horses. The other reason we're staying here is because it has hiking trails.There are 2 trails but if you do both it's only 3 miles. Deer Run isn't as busy as the other one because it's not by the lake. Once we set up camp for 2 nights we went on a walk around the campground. We always like to check the campground out. We walked through the sites for the horses. They were great they had a post where you can tie up your horses and they also had a stand where you can get on your horse. As we were walking around the horse sites we found a hiking trail so we decided to hike it. The trail was great. We hiked up and down small hills, over bridges, through trees and around a raven. At places you had to be careful that you didn't get poked with thorns.We also had to hike over some fallen trees. When we got to the bottom of the raven it flatten out and opened up into a beautiful forest with grass at your feet. We had a great 3 mile hike. By the time we got back to the site I was tired and hot. Mom and dad set up our chairs but I just laid on the ground to rest. As we were sitting in our chairs the park host came by to collect the money for our stay. I barked at her but it didn't bother her. Mom took me off my chain and I said hi to the host. The host likes dogs so she paid attention to me. Mom and dad visit with her awhile. After she left we sat in our chairs until dinnertime. Dad barbecued pork for mom and his dinner. Mom fed me my food.

After dinner we went for another walk. This time we walked over to one of the picnic areas by the lake. It was about 1/2 mile there from our site. We found another little trail. This trail went by the lake to small fishing docks. We saw a family fishing on one so we walked to another one and walked on it. As we were looking at the lake mom took a few pictures. After mom finished we headed back to our site. The trail was cool because the trail ended up back at the road we had to cross. When we got back to the site we went inside and called it a night.

Friday October 1, 2010

Mom slept downstairs again. Mom woke up about 6:30 and woke up dad by talking to him so he decided he would get up. I was still in my bed doing my normal routine of grooming. After mom and dad finished their morning routine mom fed me my breakfast. Then she sat down with dad to have breakfast. We're going to stay here another night here so today was a relaxing day. After breakfast mom and dad took me for walk around the campground and across the street to the lake again. This time we walked to right instead of to the left. When we got to the lake we saw a few people fishing off the bank. We saw a few fishing boats on the lake. As we were watching the fishermen we noticed that the water in the lake was warmer than the air because there was steam coming off the lake, so the fishermen were fishing in the fog. There were a lot of ducks and geese swimming. We talked to a couple of the fishermen as they were fish on the boat. I watched the fishermen fish from their boat. I never seen how they fished so when I saw the line moving on the water I watched it. I wasn't sure what was moving on the water so I was curious. I watched this for awhile. I never really figured it out but mom and dad wanted to continue our walk. Mom took pictures while we were at the lake. On the way back instead of walking the street back we decided to hike part of the horse trail. We noticed as we were hiking the trail that it looked liked it wasn't being used too much. We had fun hiking it back to the campground. When we got back we sat on our chairs and relaxed the rest of the day. Dad read a book, mom worked on her Sudoku and I did some sunning. Occasionally we would walk around the campground to stretch our legs.


SIXTH WEEK OF FALL TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE: OCTOBER 2 TO OCTOBER 8





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Old State Capital in 1839 - 1876                                   New State Capital 1888 - Present                                           Abraham Lincoln's House



LOCATION:   St. Louis, Missouri    SITE:  Walmart Parking Lot
DATE:  10/02/10     SPACE:  00    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  130 miles

Saturday October 2, 2010

Mom woke dad up about 6:15 to ask him to close the vents in the kitchen and bathroom because it was raining. After dad did that he went back to bed. There was no reason to get up because it was raining. I was ready for the gate to be taken down so I could go in mom's seat but dad left it up. I decided that I might as well go back to sleep and wait for mom and dad to get up. They finally got out of bed about 7:30. Mom fed me my breakfast and then had breakfast with dad. After breakfast we sat in the Minnie until the rain stopped. While we were waiting we saw a few people taking down their tents to go home. We thought they should have waited for the rain to stop. The rain stopped at 8:30 so mom and dad took me for walk around the campground. When we got back mom and dad got the Minnie ready to go. We headed to Springfield to see the Capital Building.

We arrived at Springfield 9:45. Springfield was only 30 miles from Sangchris Lake State Park. After dad found a place to park mom and dad did some site seeing and I stayed in the Minnie to sleep. The first place mom and dad visit was the Old State Capital Building. This capital building was used between 1839 to 1876. It was a gorgeous building. It didn't cost anything but they ask for donations. As mom and dad walked through the capital building dad took pictures. They thought it was so cool to see how small the rooms were and how neat the furniture looked during that time. The second place mom and dad visit was the new State Capital Building. When they got there it was closed so dad could only take pictures of the outside. The third place mom and dad visit was Abraham Lincoln's house. Abraham Lincoln's house is a National Monument and doesn't cost anything to tour it. When Abe Lincoln's son sold it to the state for $1.00 he told them that they could have it under one condition that they let people come and visit for free. Than the state turned it over to the Federal Government and they made it a National Monument. The government resorted the house and neighborhood to look the way it was when Abraham Lincoln and his family lived there. Mom and dad really enjoyed taking the tour of the house. The house was gorgeous and the history of it was amazing. When they came back to me we left Springfield and headed towards St. Louise. It was lunchtime so dad stopped at McDonald for lunch. Mom fed me a snack. Dad took me for a walk while mom updated my website. After lunch we continued our adventure.

We were going to stay in Illinois tonight but we couldn't find a Walmart we liked so we went to St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri will be tenth state that we're camping in. We drove over this cool bridge that went over the Mississippi River. When we got to the Walmart it was about 3:30. Mom and dad rested a little while and then they went to Walmart. They did a little shopping. When they got back it was dinnertime. While mom and dad were in Walmart they picked up a chicken so they had that for their dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we watched the cars come and go from Walmart. Mom wanted to take me for a walk but it was too busy so waited until about 7. Mom and I walked around the parking lot. When we returned to dad mom baked cookies for dessert. After they were done we decided to call it a night.




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St. Louis old Courthouse                                                           Gateway Arch Museum                                     St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Stadium

   

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site                            Sandy Creek Covered Bridge             



LOCATION:    Valles Mines, Missouri    SITE:  St. Francois State Park
DATE:  10/03/10 - 10/04/10     SPACE:  56    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  60 miles

Sunday October 3, 2010

We woke up about 7:00. Mom fed me my breakfast. After I finished my breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back they put me in the Minnie so they could go to Walmart to buy donuts for breakfast. When they got back I was very excited to see them. After they finished their breakfast we left Walmart and went over to where the Gateway Arch was. Dad found a parking space by the Mississippi River. After dad parked mom and dad went to the arch. I had to stay in the Minnie but that was ok with me. If I wasn't sleeping I could look at the river and watch the boats go by. Mom and dad were too early to get into the arch so they walked around and took pictures. The facility at the Gateway Arch was beautiful with different things for you to do. It had a park with a trail that went around it, the Gateway Arch, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, an Old Courthouse, Riverboat Cruises, Riverfront Trail to walk and you can rent bikes to see St. Louis. Mom and dad just did the Gateway Arch and the museum. They took a tram to the top of the Gateway Arch. Once they were there the looked out windows to see St. Louis and the Mississippi River. They said that the view of the city was fantastic. The tram took 4 minutes to get to the top and 3 minutes to get to the bottom. Dad took pictures of the adventure. When they got to the bottom they were glad that they went in the arch early because it was starting to get busy. They walked through the museum. The museum was on the Westward Expansion. There was a lot of things to see in the museum. Among the items were rear Indian Peace Medals, stagecoaches, Lewis and Clark Expansion route and mechanical figures talking about the history of the Westward Expansion. Mom and dad thought the museum was great. After they finished exploring the museum they came back to me. Once again I was very excited to see them. When we finished our hellos we left St. Louis and headed towards St. Francois State Park.

On the way to St. Francois State Park we stopped by Sandy Creek Covered Bridge. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge is one of three historic bridges in Missouri. It is a cool old bridge. It is located in a very nice park. When we got there dad took pictures as mom walked me around the park. While there I met a few people and two dogs. We walked around the park, walked over the bridge and had lunch. After lunch we continued our adventure.

We arrived at St. Francois State Park at 1:00. The park was busy. People were packing up to go home. Dad drove around to find a campsite. Once he found one he parked the Minnie. Than mom and dad setup camp for the night. Afterwards we walked around the campground. We walked part of a hiking trail and then we went back to the campsite. On the way back I met a basset and we stayed our hellos. When we got back we setup our chairs. We were sitting in our chairs for a little while when mom got cold so we went inside. We weren't inside too long when dad suggested that we make a fire and sit outside. The people who had our site before us had left a log smoking so it didn't take too long for a fire to get started. Mom and dad walked around the campground and got some firewood so we didn't have to buy any. As dad was looking for firewood a camper that was leaving told him where there was wood. Dad took a piece of it. I did some sunning while mom and dad sat in front of the fire. When the sun would go behind a cloud I would sit by the fire to keep warm. About 3 o'clock dad told mom that there were some more wood at the other site and he wished he had gotten a bigger one so he could cook sausages on it for dinner. So mom walked over to the other site and got a log. When she was coming back the camp hosts came by to collect money for the site. Mom and dad talked to them for awhile. The fire felt so good that we sat in front of it all afternoon. When dinnertime came along the fire was still going so dad cooked some sausages on the open fire. I sat there watching dad cooking the sausages because I really wanted one of the links. When the sausages were done we went inside and mom fed me my food while mom and dad ate the sausages. After dinner we went back outside and sat in front of the fire. As we were sitting in front of the fire we saw a couple walking a couple of lab puppies. One was 15 weeks old and the other was 10 weeks old. The man and woman were trying to train the puppies. I watched them but I was too tired to get out of my chair. After they left we went for another walk around the campground and then we went inside for the night.
 



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Monday October 4, 2010

Mom and dad woke up at 7:30. I was already awake waiting for them to get out of bed. Mom and dad slept in because it got cold last night and right now the temperature is in the 30s. It was 63 degrees in the Minnie because we had the heater on. It felt fine to me but mom and dad were a little cold. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast we went on a 3 mile hike for 1 1/2 hours. The hiking trail was an easy trail. It went up and down small hills and weaved in and out of trees. We hiked over a couple of bridge and on the rim of the river. While we were hiking we saw a few deer. When I saw the deer I ran after them. I stopped when I lost them in the trees. I stayed where I was so mom and dad could catch up with me. As we were hiking we saw a cave on the side of a hill so we did a little exploring of the cave. Mom and I climbed up to it and dad took pictures of us. The cave wasn't that deep so mom and I didn't go in it. After dad took pictures we continued our hike. When we got back to our campsite it was 10:00 so we sat in our chairs and rested. When lunch came around dad barbecued sausages for lunch this time he barbecued on our gas grill. Mom gave me a snack for my lunch. We spent the rest of the day at our campsite and enjoying the gorgeous day in our chairs. About 3:00 mom and dad went for a walk around the campground. This time they left me in the Minnie because I was too tired to walk with them. When they got back we said our hellos and than went outside to enjoy the rest of the day. While we were sitting in our chairs dad read a couple of magazines, mom worked on her Sudoku and I slept. I did a lot of sunning today. It was a prefect day the sun was shining and the temperature wasn't too hot. We also were watching some children riding their bikes, running and playing. When dinnertime came around mom made enchiladas for dinner and she fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. I was still tired but I don't like to be left alone so I kept up with them. As we were walking we walked by the campsite where the children were staying with their dogs and families. When we got back to our site we called it a night. Today was a very peaceful day now I will say good night.


        

Mom and me at the cave                                         Dad standing on a bridge during our hike                              The river at St. Francois State Park
    

    

Relaxing after our long hike                                          A horse trailer at the trailhead


LOCATION:   Farmington , Missouri    SITE:  Hawn State Park
DATE:  10/05/10 - 10/06/10     SPACE:  32    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  35 miles

Tuesday October 5, 2010

We woke up at 7:15. Mom fed me my breakfast and then had breakfast with dad. After breakfast we went on a 9 mile hike for 4 hours. The actual trail was 7 miles long and the sign said it would take us 7 hours to do but it only took us 3 hours. We started our hike from the campground which was about 1 mile from the trailhead. The first half mile we hiked was part of the trail we did yesterday. As we were hiking the first half mile we saw a couple of deer one ran across the trail in front of us. I saw it but it was was too far away so I just stayed with mom and dad. We hiked the trail until we got to a dirt road. We started to walk the road when we came across a camping area. We thought it was the backpacker camp so walked around it. As we were walking around the camp we realized it was the group camping area and not the backpacker camp. That was ok. After we finished walking around the group site we went back to the road. We hiked the road for a half mile until we got to the trailhead which was Pike Run Trailhead. There were two trails there one was the North Loop which was 4.3 miles and the South Loop which was 6.7 miles. We decided to hike the South Loop. The trails at Pike Run are shared trails. This means that horses were allowed on them. So we had to be careful because of their droppings. Before we started our hike a guy showed up to run so I had to introduce myself. When he started to run I wanted to join him but dad called me back. Dad told the runner that he didn't have to worry about me that I wouldn't run too far because I get too tired. Dad knows me better than I know myself sometimes. After the runner left we started our hike. We hiked up and down hills and through trees and a creek. Some places reminded us other trails we had hiked. Part of the trail reminded us of the trails at Lake Georgetown because of the rocks we had to hike on. Other parts reminded us of the trails at Buescher State Park because of the pine trees. Mom is a slower hiker than dad and me so I like to stay between dad and mom that way I know where they are. Occasionally I look back to see where mom is because sometimes she is pretty far back. When this happens dad and I have to stop and wait for her. I don't mind this because it gives me an opportunity to rest. We had a great time hiking the trail. We hiked through a creek a few times. One time when we were crossing the creek there was a place where it was deep enough that I could get wet all the way to my chest. I would of preferred that it was a little deeper so I could swim. It felt so good to get wet and get a drink of water. In places the trail was very challenging because the terrain was steep. But once you were on the ridge it was very easy to walk. We rested a few times during the hike because we hadn't hiked in a long time. By the time we finished the trail I was tired so when we got to the trailhead I laid down in the shade to rest. When we started our hike there were no horse trailers but by the time we finished there were two. After we rested a little bit we started back to the campground. Dad decided to take the same route as we did earlier instead of the main road back because he could keep me off leash until we got to the campground. When we got to the group campsite there was a bathroom and mom had to go but when she got to the restroom it was locked up. This surprised mom and dad so mom had to wait until we got to our campground. When we were hiking the trail close to the campground we met four girls that we saw last night playing. We all said hi and continued our hiking adventures. When we got back to our campsite it was 12:45 so we rested a little before mom made lunch. Mom made chicken sandwiches for dad and her and gave me a snack. After lunch we got ready to leave. The check out time is 2:00 here. Usually we leave earlier than the check out time but today we wanted to go on a hike. Our next campground is Hawn State Park and it's only 35 miles away and we weren't in any hurry to leave. We were ready to leave at 2.

On the way to Hawn State Park we stopped to get propane for the Minnie and for the grill. We stopped at a Walmart for the propane for the grill. Where the Walmart was there was a McDonald so mom updated my website and dad checked his email. Afterwards we went to Hawn State Park. We arrived at the park about 4:45. We stopped by the park host RV and asked what to do. She told us to find a site and setup camp. Then someone will come by and collect the money. We found a site and then we walked around the campground. As we were walking we met the neighbors. Mom and dad visit with them for a little while. After their visit we walked to the river. When we got to the river I had to taste it so I got a drink. After I finished we went back to the Minnie. It was time for dinner. Mom made chicken wraps for dad and her and fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad went for a walk around the campground without me because I was too tired to walk with them. They walked around to find the trailhead for our hike tomorrow. They first of all walked to the river because they thought maybe there was a trail on the other side but there wasn't. Then they walked to the day use area and there they found the trailhead. Once they found it they came back to the Minnie because it was starting to get dark. When they got back they took me for a walk. We walked to the Scout Group Campground. We walked around the campground and then went back to the Minnie and called it a night.




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Wednesday October 6, 2010

We woke up about 7:15. Dad got out of bed first. The temperature got down in the high 30 last night so it was a little nippy in the Minnie so dad put on the heater. Dad didn't want to keep it on to long because it would run down the battery. Dad told mom to get out of bed so he could turn off the heater. Meanwhile I didn't care because I like sitting right in front of the vent to enjoy the heat. Dad decided to put his feet in front of the other one until mom got up. When mom finally got up dad turned off the heater. We were only going to run the heater until the chill got out of the air. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast we went on a 5 mile hike for 3 hours. There are 4 hiking trails at Hawn State Park. Whispering Pines Trail (red trail) to Pickle Creek Trail (green trail) is 2 mile loop. Whispering Pines Trail (red trail) is 6 mile loop. Whispering Pines Trail and South Loop (blue trail) is 10 mile loop. White Oaks Trail is 4.4 mile loop. There are 3 connector trails (yellow trail). These trails make it easier to walk to different loops. The trailhead starts at the a bridge at the day area. We walked through the campground to get to the day area. When we got to the trailhead we decided we were going to hike half the Whispering Pines Trail. The trail was gorgeous and well maintained. It had a few switchbacks along the trail. The switchbacks took you up a hill very casually. We climbed over rocks and crossed over a creek a few times. When we crossed the creek we had to cross on rocks. This was fun I started walking on the rock and than I decided to walk in the water. It got deep at one place so I stopped and got a drink. We hiked through trees which kept you cool but we really didn't need the shade because the temperature was in the 30s already. We hiked by a walk in campsite. We had a great hike. When we got back to the campsite we sat in our chairs. We sat in our chairs for the rest of day because we were all exhausted. As we were sitting in our chairs we saw many people and their dogs. It was very nice just to relax and enjoy the campsite. I can do my favorite thing which is sunning. Once in while when dogs would come by I would bark at them just to let them know that I was there and to say hello. For lunch dad barbecued bacon for mom and him. Mom gave me a snack. For dinner mom and dad had pancakes and I had my food. After dinner we went for a walk around the campground and I met a dog. She came out of her campsite just to say hi to me. When her mom came out to get her mom and dad visit with her. After our visit we continued our walk. When we got back we bagged up our chairs. Afterwards we decided to call it a night.




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LOCATION:   Greenville , Missouri    SITE:  Old Greenville National Historic Site Campground
DATE:  10/07/10 - 10/08/10     SPACE:  02    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  60 miles

Thursday October 7, 2010

Mom and dad woke up about 7:15. I was still sleeping. When mom and dad got out of bed I woke up. I did my grooming while mom and dad got dressed. Afterwards mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. We walked to the day area and back to our site. Mom finished getting the Minnie ready. Dad wanted to get an early start. We were only going 60 miles but dad wanted to stopped at McDonald in Farmington so he could get on the Internet. He wanted to see if there was any sprint car racing going on in Missouri or Arkansas. We were there a little while and he found out that the racing had finished for the season. After dad finished checking we went across the road to Walmart so mom and dad could go shopping. While mom and dad were shopping they bought a chicken. When mom and dad finished shopping it was 11:00 so mom cut up the chicken they bought for lunch. Mom gave me a snack. After lunch we continued our adventure to Greenville. Before we got to Greenville we stopped by Sam A. Baker State Park which is about 15 miles from Old Greenville National Historic Site  We drove through the park. We stopped at the Visitor Center to get some information on the park. Sam A. Baker is a big park with a lot of hiking. It was built by the CCC. The CCC buildings were still being used. The Visitor Center was the CCC old horse barn. Mom and dad walked through the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center had a little museum which gave you the history of the park. When mom and dad came back to the Minnie they discussed if we should stay here or continue on. They decided to move on because they were afraid that the park would be too busy. The hiking trail we would be hiking was along the main road and I would have to be left on leash. They know at the end of our hikes I always get tired and it would be a very long hike. It took us awhile to find the campground because there was a lot of construction and we were looking for a sign that said Greenville Recreation Area and not Old Greenville National Historic Site. Old Greenville National Historic Site is run by the Corps of Engineers. It doesn't have any hiking from the campground but if you want to hike you can drive to the hiking trails. We arrived at Old Greenville National Historic Site about 2:00. We were at the check in booth when a worker came by and asked if we needed any help. Dad said yes. She told dad a little about the Old Greenville and how to check in. We drove around and found a site. We setup camp for a couple of night. Afterwards we walked around the campground to the St. Francis River. When we got back to the site we setup our chairs and sat in them until someone showed up at the booth so dad could pay for the two nights. As we were sitting in our chairs we saw a lot of people walking and riding bikes and scooters. sat in our chairs until the mosquitoes chased us in doors. We went inside at dinnertime so mom baked some potatoes and made chicken wraps for dinner. While mom was preparing dinner she gave me a bone. When dinner was ready she feed me my food and then sat down and had dinner with dad. After dinner we walked around the day area where we saw a couple of families playing ball. We thought this was great because people were using the park. Here in Missouri you can use all the day areas in the parks for free. We walked through the day area and walked to the boat ramp. We walked around the ramp and the picnic area. We walked to the river and checked out the river. The river was so clear you could see the fish in it. After we walked around the ramp area we went back to our site. Once there we went inside for the night.

Friday October 8, 2010

Mom slept downstairs last night because she thought it would be too hot to sleep with dad. I woke mom up about 3:00 because my ear was bothering me. Mom put a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rinsed my ear. I like my ear rinsed because it feels great. I think mom did the trick so we went back to bed. Mom woke dad up about 7:15. Dad got dressed while mom folded up my bed and fed me. After mom finished feeding me she sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast we went on a hike. We hiked about 4 miles. The lady yesterday told dad that there was a bike trail that was suppose to go to town but only 1/4 mile of it was done because the group in charge didn't have any money to complete it. The only reason 1/4 mile was done because the Corps of Engineers did it. We hiked the piece that was done and part of the trail that wasn't done. We hiked through trees and a lot of growth. We hiked as far as we could it probably about 1 1/2 mile. Then we turned around and returned to the campground. When we returned to the campground we walked the trail down Memory Lane. The trail was a mile. The walk down Memory Lane was around the campground and reading signs about the different buildings that were here when it was Greenville. It was very nice and interesting. We walked on some of the old sidewalks and saw the remaining of some of the buildings. Some of the sidewalks were built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. We also walked through an Union Cemetery. As we walked around the campground we followed a map that we got when we checked in. The hike we did took about 2 hours. When we got back to our campsite we sat in our chairs for about an hour. Than dad barbecued pork steaks for mom and his lunch. Mom heated the leftover potatoes from last night. Than mom gave me a bone and a little snack. We went inside to eat lunch. We stayed inside the rest of the day because the mosquitoes chased us indoors. When dinnertime came around mom cooked up leftovers. Mom and dad had enchiladas and the rest of the pork from dinner. I had my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. Then we called it a night.


SEVENTH WEEK OF FALL TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE: OCTOBER 9 TO OCTOBER 15



   

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LOCATION:   Russellville , Arkansas    SITE:  Walmart Parking Lot
DATE:  10/09/10     SPACE:  00    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  300 miles

Saturday October 9, 2010

We woke up about 6:30. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad finished getting the Minnie ready to move on to Arkansas. We spent the last week in Missouri now we're moving on to Arkansas. Arkansas will be the eleventh state that we're camping in. We're going to stopped in Little Rock Arkansas to see Bill Clinton's Presidential Library and the capital building. On the way to Little Rock we stopped at a visitor center so dad can get some information on Arkansas. As mom and dad were at the visitor center the man at the desk told them that there was an Air Show going on at the Air Base in Jackson. The last air show mom and dad went to was very busy so they decided they weren't go to it. When we were driving down the highway by Jackson mom and dad were glad they decided not to go. Cars were backed up for miles down the highway going north and the feeder roads going all directions. We were lucky it didn't affect us going south. We arrived in Little Rock about 11:30. Mom and dad cracked the windows in the Minnie so I wouldn't get too hot and then they went to William J. Clinton Presidential Library. They were gone about an hour. As they were walking through the library they talked to a volunteer about the library and took pictures of the library. It was a very beautiful and modern building. It had three floors. The exhibits on the third floor are temporary and are changed out now and than to keep people from getting to bored seeing the same things. They watched a short movie on President Clinton. They had a great time walking through the library. When they got back to the Minnie dad turned on the generator to cool down the Minnie. While the generator was on mom heated up the leftover chicken for dad and her lunch. Mom never forgets about me so she gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad walked to Clinton's Store and bought postcards. When they got back we drove down to the capital building. Mom and dad were told that the building was closed on the weekend so they told me that they wouldn't be gone all. But the capital building was open so they were gone about an hour. Dad took pictures of the capital building. The building was gorgeous and a lot of people were there taking pictures and walking around the grounds. Please click on each photo above to see pictures of both the capital building and President Clinton's Library. After mom and dad finished walking around the capital building and the grounds they came back to the Minnie and we left Little Rock. We continued our adventure down the road. We decided not to stay in Little Rock because it was warm and too early to stop at a Walmart. It was only 3:00. We drove down the road to Russellville which was 70 miles from Little Rock. By staying in Russellville it would make it easier on dad tomorrow. We found the Walmart and decided we would stay there. Mom and dad thought it was too early to park for the night. Dad drove to a McDonald and signed into the Internet so he could check to see how hot it was going to be the next week. That way he can plan where we're going from here. It's going to be in the high 90s for the next couple of days so we're going to have to have electricity for the air condition. While he was checking the temperatures mom fed me my dinner because it was 5:30. After dad signed off the Internet mom and dad decided to have dinner at Taco Bueno. We drove around town to find Taco Bueno. When mom and dad found it they were surprise that it was right across the road from Walmart. They looked at each other and said they could have walked to Taco Bueno instead of driving. After they ate their dinner we went to Walmart. Dad parked the Minnie right next to another Winnebago and then mom and dad went inside of Walmart to do a little shopping. When mom and dad were walking back to the Minnie they noticed that the man from the other Winnebago was walking around our Minnie so dad stopped and talked to man awhile. When dad finished talking to the man he came inside. As we were sitting in the Minnie we noticed that everytime anyone was coming or going from Walmart drove right by us. So we decided to move to the other side of the parking lot. Once over there we called it a night.




click on photo to see more pictures of Mount Nebo State Park

       

Dad and me relaxing at our campsite                          Mount Nebo State Park CCC Pavilion                                    Mom standing at Cave Spring


   

CCC Stone Sign for trail                                            A bridge built by the CCC



LOCATION:  Dardanelle , Arkansas    SITE:  Mount Nebo State Park
DATE:  10/10/10 - 10/11/10     SPACE:  17    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  20 miles

Sunday October 10, 2010

We slept in Walmart parking lot last night and there was a lot of activity going on. I didn't want to sleep in the kitchen on my bed because I wanted to know what was going on around me. People were getting off work, trucks were pulling in for the night and I heard trains. I sat in mom's chair for awhile and than I got tired so I rolled up in a ball and went to sleep. Early in the morning I went to my bed. So when mom and dad got out of bed in the morning I was in my bed waiting for them. Mom fed me my breakfast. Afterwards she sat down and had breakfast with dad. After breakfast my took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back we got the Minnie ready to go. We weren't go that far so we really weren't in a hurry. Mount Nebo State Park is only 20 miles from here. On the way to Mount Nebo we stopped at Dardanelle dam and lock. It was a small lock on the Arkansas River. Dardanelle dam is run by the Corps of Engineers and wasn't built for flood control. It was built to help ship go down the Arkansas River. Mom and dad thought this was interesting because most dams and lakes were built for flood control. At mom and dad looked at the lock we continued our adventure to Mount Nebo State Park. The road to the park was very steep and had very tight curves. There were signs all over the place saying your trailer or RV had to be 24 feet or shorter because of the road. As we were driving the road we saw a guy walking and running up the hill. We thought he had to be in shape because the road was steep. When we got to the top dad pulled over at a trailhead. Another car had pulled over at the same time. So mom and dad visit with him as they were enjoying the gorgeous view of the countryside. When they got back we drove around the campground and then went to the visitor center to register for two nights. There was no problem getting a site. Here in Arkansas you don't have to leave your campsite until 3:00 and it was only 10:00 so we thought maybe we would have to wait in the parking lot. While we were at the visitor center mom took pictures of the view and visitor center. Mount Nebo State Park was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and had some cool old buildings. The building are still being used. After mom finished taking pictures we went back to the campground. We found our campsite and it wasn't being occupied so we setup camp. We decided we weren't going on a hike today because it was already starting to get warm. We set up our chair in the shade and just sat in them the whole day. The temperature didn't feel as hot as we thought it would. It was very comfortable. There is a big Pavilion right next to our site where you can rent it out for a day or half a day. As we were sitting in our chairs we notice some people at the building getting it ready for a party or something. So mom and dad went over to check it out. They told me it was pretty inside. The floor was gorgeous with polished wood and the chandeliers were big beautiful. We watched the people get ready and about 1:30 we found out it was a wedding. It was a prefect day for a wedding the sun was shining and it wasn't too hot. They got married out on the back patio of the building because it looked over a big lake. We didn't do too much today. For lunch mom heated up leftover bacon and gave me a snack. For dinner dad barbecued chicken on an open pit fire. Mom fed me my food. Some of the chicken dad cooked up was for my snacks. After dinner we stayed outside until the sun started to go down and it started to get cool. Than we went inside for the rest of the night. Mom baked a pull-a-part for dessert.

Monday October 11, 2010

We woke up at 7:15. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast we went on a hike. We hiked the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail is 3 1/2 miles long. It took us 2 1/2 hours to hike the trail. The trail was very nice. It ran all the way around Mount Nebo. We started the Rim Trail right behind our campsite. Some places the trail was very challenging. We had to hike up and down hill and over rocks. The trail was built by the CCC. There were places a long the trail where you had to climb rock stairs. A long the trail there were  rock signs made by the CCC. The CCC had caved different trails in a rock with arrows that told you which direction to go. It was amazing that you can still read the signs after all these years. Some places a long the trail was very narrow and there were loose rocks so we had to be extra careful. The view from the rim was gorgeous. As we hiked the trail we stopped occasionally to rest and enjoy the view. While hiking we saw a couple of deer, a cave spring and walked over a bridge built by the CCC. We hiked by some cabins. Most of the cabins we saw were part of park and they were built by the CCC. We had a great hike. When we got back to the site we sat in our chairs to rest. When lunchtime came around we went inside and mom cooked up soup for dad and her. She gave me a snack.

After lunch we went back outside and relaxed. Dad finished reading his book, mom worked on her Sudoku book and I slept. About 2:00 mom got bored so we all went for a walk. We walked around the campground and neighborhood. As we walking around the neighborhood we saw a lady jogging and another one cleaning her house. The jogger said hi as she ran by us. The other lady stopped cleaning her house to say hi. She was very nice. She pet me and visit with mom and dad for a little while. When we got to Sunrise Point we sat on a bench and enjoyed the view. The moister in the air was starting to clear out so you can see a lot farther now than this morning. It was very nice just relaxing. Sunrise Point is part of the state park and is part of the hiking trails. We hiked by the trailhead during our hike in the morning. We could have hiked the trail but we decided to stay on the Rim Trail which is just below Sunset Point Trail. After relaxing we went back to the campsite. We once again sat in our chairs and relaxed. When dinnertime came around dad barbecued hamburgers.

After we at dinner we sat in our chairs until mom got a little cold than we bagged up our chairs. After we finished bagging our chairs we went on another walk around the campground. When we got back we called it a night. Mount Nebo State Park is a beautiful park and has a lot of things to do.





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Tee Pee for rent at Petit Jean State Park                                        CCC tent for rent                                                      Lake Bailey


                  
LOCATION:  Morrilton, Arkansas    SITE:  Petit Jean State Park
DATE:  10/12/10 - 10/13/10    SPACE: 64    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  30

Tuesday October 12, 2010

We woke up at 7:15. Mom fed me my breakfast and than sat down and had breakfast with dad. After breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the campsite we got the Minnie ready to go. We're not going too far but dad wanted to stop by McDonald so he could get to the Internet. We have over a week left in our trip so he wanted to find out about the weather so he can determine where to go next. The road down Mount Nebo was very steep and had tight curves dad had to be careful driving down the mountain. Dad had mom check a few curves out to make sure no one was coming around the corner. We left pretty early so we didn't have any problem. We found a McDonald in Dardanelle. Dad logged on to the Internet and checked his e-mail and the weather. After he finished doing this mom updated my website. After mom was finished we left and continued our adventure to Petit Jean State Park. We got to Petit Jean State Park about 10:00. We stopped at Cedar Falls Overlook. Mom and dad got out to see the overlook. They walked down a gorgeous boardwalk to get to it. Once there mom took pictures. The scenery was very pretty. The waterfall was so far away that it looked small. After mom took pictures they came back to the Minnie. Then we went to the Visitor Center to register for two nights. Dad wasn't sure if we could get a site because they had a special program going on for retirement. But we didn't have any problem getting a site. As dad was checking in a park host was there and volunteered to show us exactly where to go. He started to walk to the campground and then when we caught up with him he decided to get in the Minnie. He was very nice. He talked to me and pet me. Once we were at our campsite the man put our tag on the site and than went back to the Visitor Center. We setup camp for two nights.

Afterwards mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We didn't go too far because I was still worn out from our hike yesterday. When we got back we set up our chairs and relaxed. When lunchtime came around dad barbecued sausages for lunch. Of course mom didn't forget about me and gave me a bone for a snack. After lunch we went for another walk around the campground. As we were walking we met our neighbors. There were two families and one of the dad's asked if they could pet me. Dad said sure. He told dad that the little girl had fallen at the campsite and he wanted her to get her mind of the big knot in the middle of her forehead. I was happy to let them pet me. After we finished our visit with the neighbor we went back to our site. Mom and dad wanted to go on a walk and knew I was too tired to walk with them so they put me in the Minnie. They walked to the lake and walked around the park. Petit Jean State Park is on 2,658 acres in the beautiful Petit Jean Mountain. The mountain got its named from the legend of Petit Jean, the story of a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompany her sweetheart, a sailor, to America. Petit Jean State Park is another CCC park so mom and dad saw a lot of things the CCC did. As mom and dad was walking around they took pictures. They saw a couple of Tee Pees and CCC tents you can rent. They saw a few pavilions, a dam that separated Cedar Creek into two lakes (Lake Bailey and Lake Roosevelt), bridge that went over Cedar Creek and rock walls along the bank of Cedar Creek. All of these things were built by the CCC. They walked on a fishing pier where they visit with a fisherman for awhile. As they were coming back they stopped at a memorial of the CCC. It was a gorgeous statue of a man that represented a CCC man. Mom and dad were gone for about an hour. So when they finally got back I was excited to see them. After we said our hellos we sat in our chairs. When dinnertime came around dad cooked a rice dish (Dirty Rice) on the barbecue grill and mom fed me my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk around the campground and dad went to take a shower. As mom and I were walking we met a dog and he came over to me to say hi. After we said our hellos and mom talked with his parents we went back to a campsite. Shortly after mom and I had gotten back to our campsite dad joined us. We sat in our chairs until it started to get dark and chilly. Than we put our chairs under the Minnie and then we went inside for the night.


       

                CCC Water Tower                                                  Mather Lodge Walkway                                              A Guest Cabin at Mather Lodge

       

                 Rock Steps on the trail                                   Stone Bridge built by the CCC                                          CCC Memorial at Petit Jean State Park

Wednesday October 13, 2010

We woke up at 7:00. Mom fed me my breakfast and then ate breakfast with dad. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad put me inside because they wanted to go for a hike. They left me in the Minnie because part of the trail they had to hike along the main road and I would have to be left on leash. That meant when I got tired and I was on leash I would walk too slow. I was ok with this because I really wasn't fully recuperated from the hike we did at Mount Nebo State Park and I could sleep. I also know that when they return they would take me on walk around the campground. Plus the neighbors were leaving so I can watch them pack up. Mom and dad hiked for about 2 1/2 hours for 4 miles. The first trail was the CCC hike and bike trail which started by the campgrounds across the street from the Visitor Center. This trail went all the way to Mather Lodge which is 1.75 miles. The CCC trail runs along the side of the road. As mom and dad hiked this trail they walked by the day area. The day area had a swimming pool, playgrounds and tennis courts. This area had the statue of a CCC man. Once they walked by the day area they walked an old road that took them to the lodge. Along the trail you can cut off and go to the Cedar Creek Trail, swimming pool and tennis courts, the Cedar Falls overlook and the Mather Lodge. Before they got to the lodge they stopped by the CCC Water Tower. The Mather Lodge was named after the father of the National Parks, Stephen Mather. The Mather Lodge is gorgeous. It was built by the CCC and had a lot of wood and rock walls. While they were at the lodge dad took pictures. They walked through the lodge and went to a CCC room and took pictures. The lodge has guest rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, cabins and a gift shops. The Cedar Falls Trail is located behind the lodge. This trail is 2 miles long. Mom and dad were going to hike this trail but decided against it because it didn't connect to the Boy Scout Trail which would bring them back to Petit Jean State Park. It use to connect to the trail but the trail washed away. Mom and dad did pick up a trailhead at the lodge. The trail was Cedar Creek Trail which is 1 1/4 mile long. As they hiked the climbed stone steps that were made by the CCC, they crossed over Cedar Creek a couple times and the hiked over bridges. The trail took mom and dad back to Cedar Falls Overlook. The interesting thing about Cedar Falls is that it is the biggest fall in Arkansas. It falls 90 feet. They stopped at the overlook and looked at the falls. Yesterday when they came to the overlook they walked a boardwalk but today the hiked the old CCC trail. As they were hiking the scenery was beautiful. Occasionally they would stop and rest or take pictures. The trail went up and down the hillside. The trail was very nice and at places it was a challenge because you had to climb up rock steps. The trail ended at the beginning of the Boy Scout Trail which was at a stone bridge. Once mom and dad got to the bridge they knew they were almost back to the campsite. The bridge was at the day area of the park. When they got back I was very excited to see them. Mom gave me a bone for a snack. We set up our chairs. Than we sat in them so mom and dad could rest. After they rested mom heated up some leftover (sausage, taco meat and Dirty Rice) for lunch.

After lunch mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We walked to Lake Bailey and another campground. When we got back we sat in our chairs and relaxed all afternoon. When dinnertime came around dad barbecued hamburgers and mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a short walk. When we got back we sat in our chairs. It started to get dark so mom went inside and baked cookies. While mom was inside dad bagged up our chairs. Afterwards we went inside for the night.





Louisiana


LOCATION:  Bossier City, Louisiana    SITE:  Lowe's Parking Lot
DATE:  10/14/10    SPACE: 00    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  250

Thursday October 14, 2010

We woke up at 7:00 and had breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the campsite we got ready to leave. Today we're going to Hope Arkansas and than we're going to Louisiana. Louisiana will be the twelfth state that we're camping in. We left Petit Jean State Park about 8:00. We arrived in Hope Arkansas 11:30. Mom and dad had to do a little shopping so we stopped at Walmart. While mom and dad we in Walmart they looked for a chicken for lunch but the chicken wasn't ready. When mom and dad finished their shopping they came back to me. After mom put the grocery away we drove through Hope. We needed to do laundry so we looked for a laundromat. We found one just down the road from Walmart. While the laundry was washing mom fixed ham sandwiches for lunch and gave me a snack. After lunch mom checked on the laundry while dad got on the Internet to check his e-mail and the weather. Mom returned after she put the laundry in the dryer. When she got back dad asked if she would like to update my website and she said sure. After mom updated the website it was time to get the laundry out of the dryer. After the laundry was finished we left Hope and went towards Louisiana. On the way to Louisiana we saw wild turkeys and a couple of deer. We arrived in Bossier City at 4:30 and decided we would call it a night. We found a Walmart to stay for the night. After dad parked the Minnie, mom and dad decided they would go inside to buy a chicken. This Walmart had plenty of chicken to purchase and while they were in Walmart they bought a book because dad was out of books to read and we have another week of camping left. We they got back to the Minnie we moved over to Lowe's parking lot because it was too noisy in Walmart's. There was a Lowe's just next store and dad had read that you can park there overnight. When we got to Lowe's mom fed me my dinner and then cut up the chicken for dad and her. After I was finished eating my dinner I was ready to have chicken. Mom waited until she was finished eating and than she gave me a chicken bone. After dinner mom took me for another walk. When we got back dad and her walked over to Sonic to have a malt for their dessert. When they got back mom took me for another walk and then we called it a night.





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LOCATION:  Tyler, Texas    SITE:  Tyler State Park
DATE:  10/15/10    SPACE:  96    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  100

Friday October 15, 2010

We woke up at 6:00 and had breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me a walk and than we got the Minnie ready to leave. Today we're going to Texas. Texas thirteenth state that we're camping in. After we got the Minnie ready we left Louisiana and headed towards Texas. We took the Interstate so there wasn't much to see. When we got to the Welcome Center in Texas, we stopped to get some information. The center doesn't open until 9:00 and we were a little early we were there at 8:50. A lady that was working there told dad that the center wasn't opened yet but there was a little information by the door. Dad picked up a new map of Texas and a new Texas State Park book. After dad got the information we continued our adventure to Tyler. We're planning to camp at Tyler State Park for a night but we didn't make any reservations so we're not sure if we can get a campsite because it's Friday and Tyler State Park is always full on the weekends. We arrived at Tyler State Park at 10:00 and the lady that was working there said they were full except for a group area which is used for the overfill area. She also told dad that there was a group there but we were still able to stay. Dad decided that we would just use the day area so the lady gave him a pass for the day. As we were driving around the park we drove through Blackjack Group Camping Area just to check it out. The group of people that were staying there were in RVs just like us. The only thing that was different was they had a Lazy Daze and we had a Winnebago. As we were driving through Blackjack dad stopped and visit with a few of the men and they told him that we were more than welcome to join them. We drove back to the entrance and paid for a night. We went back to Blackjack and setup camp for the night. After we setup camp we went for a walk around the campground. As we were walking we hiked a nature trail which was a quarter of a mile long. Tyler State Park has over 14 miles of hike and bike trails.The nature trail was long enough for me because it was starting to get warm and I was walking pretty slow. When we finished walking the trail we went back to our campsite and setup our chairs. We sat in our chairs until lunchtime then we went inside to have lunch. Mom made chicken wraps for dad and her and she gave me a snack. After lunch dad and I went outside to relax and mom laid down for awhile because her allergies were bugging her. While dad and I were relaxing a few of the other campers came by to play with me. After an hour mom came out to sit with dad and me. We sat in our chairs all afternoon, dad read a book, mom worked on her Sudoku and I slept. About 5:00 dad decided to barbecue sausages for dinner. Dad barbecued the sausages while mom went inside and turned on the air condition to cool over the Minnie. When the sausages were done we went inside to eat. Mom heated up some green beans and leftover Dirty Rice to go with the sausages and she fed me my food. Then she sat down and had dinner with dad. After dinner we went for a walk around the campground. As we were walking around we came to another trail so we decided to hike it. The trail was a short trail it was 3/4 mile loop. The trail was very easy to walk. As we were hiking the trail a group of bicyclers came by so we had to get off the trail to let them go by. After the group went by we finished our hike. When we got back to the campsite we sat in our chairs for awhile. As we were sitting in our chairs a few more campers started to show up. It was getting pretty busy. We were going to go hiking in the morning before we left but after seeing all the people showing up mom and dad thought the trails would be too busy and we would have to dodge bicycles the whole hike so they decide we would leave in the morning. About 7:00 we bagged up our chairs and decide to call it a night.


EIGHTH WEEK OF FALL TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE: OCTOBER 16 TO OCTOBER 22





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LOCATION:  Mesquite, Texas    SITE:  Mesquite Devil Bowl Speedway
DATE:  10/16/10    SPACE:  00    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  90 miles

Saturday October 16, 2010

We woke up at 7:15 and had breakfast. After breakfast we went on a walk around the campground. After our walk we got the Minnie ready to go. Today we're going to Mesquite Texas which is right outside of Dallas and 90 miles from here. Mom and dad are going to the Sprint Cars Nationals at Mesquite Devil Bowl Speedway. Mom and dad use to go to car races all the time but they haven't been in one in over 25 years. Dad has been wanting to go to a race seen talking with his friend Mike in Illinois. When dad went on the Internet he found out that most of the local sprint car races were over for the season. When he came across this race in Mesquite he was very excited and he wanted to go. Dad called the speedway a couple of days ago to see how much it would cost for the races and if there was a place to park RVs. The lady told him that it cost $25 and parking was free. She also told dad that RV parking was in a field across the road from the racetrack and he could stay there over night for free. Our adventures got us to Mesquite on race day and this made it possible for mom and dad to go to the races. We arrived in Mesquite at 10:00. Dad found the racetrack and the field where we would be spending the night. Once at the field mom and dad setup camp for the day. The races weren't starting until 8:00 tonight so we had plenty of time to relax. Right next to the field were a few ponds where people were fishing for catfish. There were paths mowed in the field, which made it easier to walk instead of walking through weeds. While we were relaxing in our chairs we met the other campers. When dinnertime came around mom and dad were invited to joint the other campers for dinner. Mom fed me my food and than mom and dad joined the other campers. During dinner the other campers talked about different races they had been to and how long they had been involved in the sport. Mom and dad had a great time with them. Mom and dad returned to me a couple hours before the race and I was happy to see them. Dad got out the heavy winter coats and mom thought he was crazy. He said the other campers said it got cold the night before and it was better to be safe than sorry. A half hour later mom and dad walked across the road to go to the races. Mom and dad sat with the other campers. The other campers said that they hadn't seen this many cars or people at this racetrack  in years. There were three classes (modify, outlaws and sprint). The heats had only eight cars racing at a time but in the mains have  more. The sprint cars had twenty-four cars races and the other two mains had twenty cars. The races were fantastic and very exciting. Mom and dad returned to me at 11:30 and I greeted them at the door. We said our hellos and than mom and dad sat on the coach to unwind and watch the cars leave the parking lot. A little while later mom took me for a walk. As we were walking around I would here a whistle, I would look around to see what it was and mom would tell me that someone was blowing a whistle to direct traffic. Once the traffic slowed down we went to bed.




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LOCATION:  Mexia, Texas    SITE:  Fort Parker State Park
DATE:  10/17/10 - 10/18/10    SPACE:  19    TRIP:  55    DISTANCE:  80 miles

Sunday October 17, 2010

We woke up at 8:15, this is the latest we have slept our whole trip but we were tired. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast dad took me for a walk while mom straighten up the Minnie. As we were walking around the field dad stopped to visit with a couple of the campers. After mom finished she came over to visit.  After visiting with the campers we left Mesquite and headed towards Fort Parker State Park. On the way to Fort Parker we stopped at a Walmart because mom and dad needed to buy a few things. After mom and dad finished shopping we continued our adventure to Fort Parker State Park. We decided to go here because we had never been here before. We arrived at Fort Parker State Park at 11:30. We stopped at the office to get a campsite.Our campsite was a beautiful site with a lot of growth and was right by the lake. When we got to our site mom and dad setup camp and then we went for a short walk around the campground. When we finished our walk mom fixed lunch. Earlier when mom and dad were at Walmart they picked up a chicken so mom cut up the chicken for lunch and gave me a bone. I'm always happy when mom and dad buy a chicken because that means I will get some of the bones. After lunch we sat outside and relaxed in our chairs. I always enjoy it when we have a relaxing day because than it gives me a chance to sun. When dinnertime came around mom made chicken sandwiches for dad and her and she fed me my food. After dinner we walked around the campground to look for the hiking trailhead. As we were walking around we saw some people and I met a dog. I had to be careful when I walked in the grass because there was a lot of stickers. We had to stop a couple of times so mom could get the stickers out of my paws. On the way back to our site I had to walk in the street but the street was hard on my feet, I tried just to walk on the edge of the street where it had dirt. We were almost back when we met our neighbors. We visited with them until it started to get dark. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside for the night.

Monday October 18, 2010

We woke up at 7:00 mom got up and let me out from behind my gate and than she went back to bed. At 8:00 mom and dad finally got out of bed. Mom fed me my food and then sat down to have breakfast with dad. After breakfast we went on a 3 mile hike. We hiked a nature trail which was 1 1/2 mile one way. I had no problem with stickers during our hike which was great. The trail was very easy to hike because you didn't have to go up any hills. The trail started at the picnic area by a bridge. We walked over the bridge to get to the other side of a cove. Once on the other side the trail goes through trees and than you get to parking area where there was an old cemetery from 1838 and a baseball field. After we hiked by the cemetery we went back in the trees. The trail ran by the lake to the dam, than it turns and runs by the entrance of the park and at the entrance we crossed the road to pick it back up. Once we got back on the trail it took us back to the picnic area. It was very humid and we were glad the hike was only 3 miles long. By the time we got back to the campsite we were tired and sweaty. We sat in our chairs to cool down and relax. When lunchtime came around we went inside and mom heated up sausages for dad and her and she gave me a bone for a snack. After lunch we went back outside and relaxed in our chairs. We spent the rest of the day just relaxing. For dinner mom and dad had chicken wraps and I had my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk. As we were walking around the campground a couple of people told us that the white pelicans had flown in today and they were at the point at the picnic area. Every year the white pelicans migrate to Fort Parker State Park. So we walked to the picnic area to see them. There were a lot of them and they are very beautiful. We watched them for awhile and than we went back to the campsite and called it a night.





Map of States we visited during our Fall Trip

Tuesday October 19, 2010

We got back from our Fall Trip this morning and I decided to summarize what we did during our trip. We traveled 6069 miles through 13 states. The states we visited were Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. We camped in 12 of the 13 states and 9 of the states were states we had never camped in before. During our trip we visited 7 capitol buildings, toured 4 lighthouses, attended 2 Fall Festivals, visited 1 zoo and went to 1 car race. As we traveled through the states we stopped and viewed wolves and bears. We saw 4 of the 5 Great Lakes and did some hiking. Our Fall Trip was fantastic and very exhausting I think it will take me awhile to get back in my normal routine.


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October Fun Stuff 2010





click on photo for more pictures of the Halloween Car Show

LOCATION: Bee Cave, Texas    SITE:  Galleria Shops    DATE:  10/24/2010    DISTANCE:  7 miles

Sunday October 24, 2010

We've been home from our Fall Trip for about a week and dad read that the Galleria in Bee Cave was having special Halloween event going, which included a Pet Costume Contest, outdoor concert and a car show. The event was free but the pet costume contest asked for a donation of new or gently used pet items or cash. The donation would go towards the pet rescue groups around town. I didn't participate in the Pet Costume Contest because mom and dad decided to leave me at home. They thought there would be too many people and dogs there and I would be a pain, I didn't care because I enjoy staying at home with a Kong and sunning. Mom and dad walked around the Galleria and looked at the cars. They saw a lot of neat cars and they told me that I didn't miss much because there weren't a lot of dogs there dressed up. I didn't really care because I was just happy to see them home.