Sunday morning we left Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and headed north into Arkansas. We stopped at a beautiful corps of engineers park called the Rising Star which is located in Moscow. This is a tiny town with one store only in the whole town. The campground sits on the Arkansas River which is used for alot of shipping – we sat and watched loads of barges going up river. The campground is small with 25 sites with electric/water, picnic tables with covers, grills, dump station, showers, playground and a boat ramp. It sits 5 miles off the main road and is surrounded by farm land. If you are looking for solitude this is the place. We really enjoyed our time here just relaxing in the peaceful setting.
We took a ride into the town of Pine Bluff and rode around to see what the town had to offer. We found the Governor Mike Huckabee Delta River Nature Center which was closed but had a nice nature walk which we took. We then tried to see the Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River but where told that it closed after 9/11. I think it really closed because of budget cuts because we went to one in Iowa a few years back.
This month was filled with birthdays – our daughter Susan, our granddaughter Emily and our granddaughter Julia. We wished we could have spent the day with you – maybe next year but we love and miss you greatly. we enjoyed our phone conversation though.
Our next stop was north thru Little Rock to Jacksonport State Park in Newport, Arkansas. This used to be a thriving river port back in the 1800’s but not much here now. They have a beautiful 1872 Courthouse which is now part of the state park. The park sits on the White River and has an old steamwheeler which had rolled over on her starboard side and became submerged. While at the park they were attempting to upright her which was pretty interesting to watch.
The park was small with 20 sites, campfire rings, tables, pavilion, river for swimming and nice walking paths. This was another quiet stop but we met interesting people while here. One day we took a ride to Olive Garden Restaurant in Jonesboro and needed to get a membership card to order a glass of wine. How weird that was for senior citizens!
We left Newport and traveled on The Rock N Roll Highway which is old US 67. During the 1950’s the roadhouses and liquor joints helped launch rising stars like Elvis, Johnyy Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rob Orbison and others. Pretty neat the things you see and find.
On Mother’s Day we traveled to a corp of engineers park called Canal Campground which is located on Lake Barkley. This campground was flooded in quite a few areas but we got a beautiful site up on a hill. This campground had full hookups, dump station, showers, tables, grills, campfire rings, pavilions, and a boat launch which was under water.
We enjoyed this area greatly as it is located close to “Land Between The Lakes” which is a National Recreation Area. The area sits between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers in Kentucky and Tennessee. There is so much to see and do in this area that we will come back someday really soon.
On two different occasions we went to the South Bison Range. The first time we saw one moose and 2 buffalo’s. The second time we arrived at 6 AM and were treated to about 50 bison alongside the road. This range sits on 160 acres and they wanted you to feel like you were back 200 years ago. It was a wonderful experience and Tim took loads of pictures.
We visited the Homeplace which was an 1850 living history farm. Interpreters were dressed in period dress and explained and demonstrated how the chores were done. They had 16 buildings, crop fields,. vegetable gardens, historic livestock, corn fields and tobacco fields. The thing that really interested us was the Double Penhouse with a breezeway in the center of the house. It was covered on top with a roof but the sides were open so the breeze could give you relief from the summer heat. You walked outside from the living quarters to your bedroom which we found interesting being in cold country.
One night we went to dinner at Patti’s which is an 1880 settlement that is now a restaurant. They have a 2 inch pork chop, mile high meringue pies and bread baked in flower pots. The food was very good and we enjoyed ourselves greatly.
On the morning of the 13th we were on the road bright and early heading to Camp Carlson Army Recreation Area at Fort Knox. The campground had full hookups, dump station, showers, laundry, tables, campfire rings and grills. They also have a lake that is stocked with fish which drew alot of people in the evening. Fort Knox is a huge base with 109,000 acres which was started in 1918. In 1936 they built the U.S. Buillion Depository which sits on the base to hold some of the gold. I was disappointed that you cannot go near it and receive samples. Oh well. Our stop provided us with loading up on groceries and getting our laundry done. We also did alot of walking which was great.
On base they have the General George Patton Museum which was done very nicely – my dad would of loved this place. He was an old army vet from WWII and loved the Army. Some of the tanks were really cool and they had a wonderful gift shop beside. It is all free so a great way to spend the afternoon.
On the 16th we left Fort Knox and headed into West Virginia. We stayed at a commerical campground that had nothing except full hookups. While there for 2 days we rode into Charleston, WV and around the area. West Virginia is a very pretty state. Quiet stop but enjoyable.
Next stop was Overflow Corp of Engineers Park which was in the middle of no where – no phone service – no internet. We drove 35 miles one way so we could call our granddaughter and wish her a Happy Birthday. We spent one night here and headed to Pennsylvania to visit with Jeff, Tim’s brother. He is staying at the Biblical Life Institute in Freeport, Pa. What wonderful people we met here. They opened up their arms to welcome us and made us feel so welcomed. We were allowed to park the camper at the Grace Pointe Community Church which is located across the street from the college. We had full hookups and loads of privacy. While here we attended the church and became friends with the Pastor, Herb Hartman and his wife Shelia. We also become friends with Lucille and Henry Clay Shillings. Henry Clay’s Dad began the college back in 1937 and it was built mostly by hand and loads of hard work. While here we attended church, my first time at Sunday School, memorial day picnic, piano recital and just visiting with these wonderful people. We truly enjoyed it and hope to return someday just to say hi.
This covers May – now I must start on June – stay tuned.