Many campgrounds don’t carefully lay out the sites for the best use of campers. Piney Grove COE Campground in New Site MS is a wonderful exception. Even for our much loved Corps parks, this planning went above and beyond. We really didn’t see a bad site on the place after touring on foot and onContinue reading “Corps Engineering”
As we travel rural Mississippi, we are saddened by the amount of litter on the roadsides. Looks like folks even have their favorite spots to dump their empties. This photo was taken near a gas station where we pulled over to make lunch today. It’s a fair example of what we saw on so manyContinue reading “Shame On Y’all!”
The guys were changing out the rusted grills at our campground today. Ours was the first they attempted. They put a lot of time and effort into the project. Once they measured and saw that the posts were too tall, they came up with a much faster method and things went smoother for the restContinue reading “Park Maintenance Blues”
We are camped at Arkabutla Lake, Coldwater Mississippi. A little trivia for movie lovers who enjoyed watching O’ Brother Where Art Thou? The small former town of Coldwater MS is underwater due to building of a dam and lake for flood control. This is the area where the fictional Everett McGill was supposed to haveContinue reading “Oh Brother!”
We crossed east over the Mississippi River to a new campground. Sometimes our campsites are snuggled up next to our neighbors but most times they are roomy and private, which is our preference. This one has about an acre of forest perched above a little bay on a huge lake. We LIKE! We can enjoyContinue reading “Mississippi Acreage”
One of our favorite times of day.
We strolled Hot Springs National Park yesterday. This most unusual park is located along the main street of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Geothermal springs (143°) trickle down the mountain above the valley and have provided therapeutic benefits for hundreds of years. Early Native People knew of these springs and soon the newcomers toContinue reading “Bath House Row”
As we travel, we have noticed more and more RVs with aggressive and threatening names. Why do manufacturers feel the need to apply angry names to recreational vehicles? Most people camp for the pleasant surroundings and relaxation. So why these harsh names? We laugh when we see some of the huge Toy Haulers with namesContinue reading “Why? 🤣”
This wonderful Corps park is on the shores of Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. The largest and clearest lake in the state. Our campsite is situated above and across from the large marina where we can watch the houseboats and other pleasure craft come and go. Warren built a holder for my cell phone that createdContinue reading “Brady Mountain”
This very small but lovely campground has an interesting history. A large, almost pure, limestone deposit was discovered here and enterprising individuals started mining it to create concrete. That limestone forms the foundation of the state capitol building in Little Rock and numerous other buildings in the state. A good sized community developed around theContinue reading “White Cliffs, Arkansas”
Another interesting plant we found growing at the lakeshore today. Also known as Riverhemp in Asian countries. Just for fun, I have included a recipe in the picture caption. Edible Uses Leaves – cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The young shoots are cooked and eaten with various dishes. The flowers are eaten either raw,Continue reading “Sesbania Javanica”
We will treasure our sweet but too short visit with Charles and Conoly. As very young newlyweds, we started our 53 years of married life with the love and support of this dear brother and sister-in-law. Family means everything.
Another interesting wildflower. The leaves fold up when you touch them. https://ozarkedgewildflowers.com/summer-wildflowers/sensitive-brier-mimosa-nuttallii/
Warren was up really early and caught a beautiful moonset over Hickory Creek Arm of Lewisville Lake near Dallas Texas. He did a really great job getting pictures with his phone.
The grounds of our park in Oklahoma are covered with this lovely little yellow wildflower. I love learning how wildflowers get their names. This one was especially interesting. “As the species name implies, Sneezeweed flowers in late summer or fall. The common name is based on the former use of its dried leaves in makingContinue reading “Sneezeweed 💛”
Hugo OK has been the winter home of several famous big top circuses for a century. It was interesting to see the love and devotion exhibited in the many beautiful headstones in a large section at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Laid to rest are clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists, animal trainers, managers, tightrope walkers and various circusContinue reading “Showmen’s Rest”
We had lunch at Angie’s Circus Diner in Hugo, OK yesterday. Our favorite lunch spots are the ones the locals use. This place had a parking lot full of cars so we found a spot and headed in. Really fun place with circus posters and memorabilia displayed. It captures the circus history of this smallContinue reading “Circus Diner 🎪”
I downloaded the most current information on scooter ordinances and laws by state. Within each state, local authorities can impose different rules. We want to stay on the right side of the law as we enjoy our rides. We will try know in advance where we can ride and other limits as to speed, helmets,Continue reading “Rules and More Rules!”
After we toured Showmen’s Rest, we walked through Bull Rider’s Reprieve. (Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo OK) This section honors the memory of rodeo riders and performers. One very interesting grave caught our attention mainly due to the young age of the rider and the numerous momentos piled all over the base of the headstone. WhenContinue reading “Lane Frost”
I always thought that beachcombing was about finding pretty shells. Apparently the hobby also includes searching for anything of interest or value on a beach. I’m buying an “entry level” metal detector and long handle sand scoop to find coins and jewelry too. Until then, I am collecting a jar of useful, interesting or uniqueContinue reading “Beachcombing”