Hot Springs, purses and a little rock – Arkansas

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From Oklahoma City we continued our eastward trek into Arkansas and spent a couple of days (Oct 30-31) camping at Springhill Park, an Army Corps Of Engineers (COE) Campground.  It was a great place to get away from urban noise and be under a canopy of trees and chirping birds.  We had the park mostly to ourselves and loved the solitude of being close to nature. Continue reading

Taking in the fall colors – Devils Den State Park near Winslow, AR

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Driving into Devils Den State Park was yet another adventure on curvy narrow roads, deep into the valleys of the rugged Boston Mountains of Arkansas.  Since we traveled only 25 miles south of our previous stop in Fayetteville, we didn’t bother hooking up the car and I followed Betsy and captured her low-speed journey down the winding roads. Continue reading

Experiencing Fayetteville, Arkansas with family and friends

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From Eureka Springs we motored just a ways down the road to Fayetteville – time for some fun with family and friends!  While I was enjoying the fall hues along Hwy 62W,  Steve’s efforts were focused on keeping Betsy between the lines on the continuously curvy and narrow roads.  Warnings were posted in two areas (a 2-mile and a 6-miles stretch) alerting us to the crooked and steep terrain we were entering.  At the end it was all in a day’s work, and we arrived in Fayetteville unscathed and ready for a cold beer. Continue reading

A city on a twisty road – Eureka Springs, AR

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Note:  By the time you read this we’re already in Oklahoma.  We had no internet service for several days while at Devil’s Den State Park near Fayetteville, so we had to settle for hiking and relaxing with no connectivity – but we’re not complaining!

Eureka Springs, ARIt was a good thing we ended up at Eureka Springs when we left Buffalo Point.   We discovered a real Victorian mountain village nestled in the Ozarks.  We usually take the fastest way to get the scoop about a new town – by taking a guided tour.  We heard that one was leaving an hour after we arrived at our campground, so we grabbed our cameras and hopped on a trolley. A long-time local native narrated the story of what made this town a destination, and why the entire downtown district is being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Continue reading

An abbreviated stay at Buffalo National River – Yellville, AR

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The plans for our first stop in Arkansas (the “Natural State”) were cut short due to two major storms that threatened as we entered the state.  We set up camp at Buffalo National River, staying at Buffalo Point on the lower river.  It is one of three designated wilderness areas within the park’s boundaries. Continue reading