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Friday, September 25, 2009

~~~Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg, Arkansas~~~


I do NOT have great Internet service out here in the woods.... It is so slow and not being a very patient women I get tired of waiting for it to react... It pretty much took days to even get this post together. So if you don't here from me for a while don't worry... "I'll be back" as soon as we return to Spring Hill!!!

We have been here at Lake Fort Smith State Park in Mountainburg, Arkansas for almost 3 weeks and it is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever been too. During the week there are not very many people here... Out of 30 sites there were only 3-5 others that were occupied but they were not anywhere near us... These campsites have W/E /S (50/30amp) and some can receive Internet with an air card.... AT&T has limited service but enough to make calls... Verizon is very iffy... Iffy you get out it is a miracle. If you stay in the sites closest to the Visitor Center you will get a better signal on your Internet card....

Beautiful sites... There are none that are not excellent

Sparkling extra clean restrooms... You fellow campers can appreciate these pictures

Breathtaking views!!!
There are so many deer here during the week when no one is here that we are just amazed. I can never get my camera fast enough. Just this morning 4 big deer ran right in front of Tassie and by the time I could get my camera on and ready all I got was a butt shot of them running into the woods. We also have had a visit from a couple of very young deer (fawns) and a lot of birds. I have noticed that there are a lot of hummingbirds, woodpeckers, sparrows, crows, small chick-a-dees and many others in these woods. At night the bats come out and fly overhead... they are so small but very cool to watch... We choose the very last site on the road so that looking out our windows we see the woods and hopefully the wildlife that may come around... We love being out in the woods and are definitely children of nature!

Plenty of nature to watch


There has been a lot of rain since we arrived here making it hard to really do anything. But that is okay with us... we enjoy just hanging around and relaxing. A great time to catch up on books that need to be read & old movies to be watched. We have had several fires and also have taken walks in the woods but we don't like to stray to terribly far into them because of the rainy weather. I take my camera almost every time we go for a walk but one day thinking I had taken pictures of everything I decided not to take it along... DUH!!! It was the day we saw about 9 deer in this one area and one of them even warned us by snorting not to get to close to his clan... SO once again no pictures... lesson learned always have your camera by your side. But trust me if you come visit this park there are plenty of deer here for you to watch... They even walked right behind our site while we were sitting outside...

Great trails to explore!


and Relaxing evenings by the firepit

Ok... the next time you'll here from me we'll be back closer to the city.
I will be on more regularly then ...
Miss you all and I will get caught up on reading your post when I can....

Until Later

Hugs And Kisses
Reindeer

28 comments:

FD5 said...

Hadn't heard from you in a while and was gettin' worried. Allot of times the areas with no internet service have great views and wildlife. Have fun.

Stay Safe
John and Bridget

Rick and Paulette said...

What a great looking park! Thanks for posting all the pics. Too bad about the lousy Internet service though otherwise it'd be just about perfect. Good to hear from you again!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What great photos...especially the deer! I sure do miss Arkansas...my home state! Enjoy your travels! Wish I was there!

Margie M. said...

Great post and one I've been waiting for. I was wondering what you have been up too and I figured we'd all know soon enough. I'm glad you have been enjoying that beautiful campground.

Safe travels!
Margie

mbkatc230 said...

What a beautiful campground. Those view really are breathtaking. Love the shot of the woodpecker - great catch! And the deer are so pretty. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Can't wait for your next post. Kathy

Mike Goad said...

That sure does look familiar. Glad that you were able to spend the time at Lake Ft. Smith.

I've been back home for a week now from our Colorado trip. Karen left again on Tuesday to go to Wisconsin to take care of grandkids while our daughter went to NYC with her hubby on a business trip.

Mike
Haw Creek Out 'n About

Calming Scents said...

that sure does look beautiful. I would love all that nature..love it.

Ellie and Jim said...

Sooo great to hear from you again...We are glad everything is ok and that you are in a great park....Safe Travels...Jim & Ellie

SmilingSally said...

I hope you're having a time of relaxation. You'll be back in the old routine soon.

Justine said...

{{{{{{{{{Donna}}}}}}}}}} So glad you were finally able to check in. Oh my, this place looks wonderful! I would be in 7th heaven with all that wildlife and the beautiful mountains to stare at. As long as I had an air conditioned Tassie to rest in when it got too hot!

Justine :o )

Jerry and Suzy said...

Welcome back! Just yesterday we commented we hadn't heard from you for a while. Arkansas has some great state parks, and yours is beautiful.

Stacey said...

Hey girl! I was driving back from Dallas today - passing a big RV and I thought of you! I'm so glad you posted because I wondered where you were. :)

Stacey said...

Hey girl! I was driving back from Dallas today - passing a big RV and I thought of you! I'm so glad you posted because I wondered where you were. :)

happytrails said...

What a beautiful campground. I am green with envy! LOL. I don't know how much longer I can take the dust bowl we are in - a prime example of a newbie mistake. Oh well, live and learn.
Good to hear from you again.

Baba's Special Babies said...

Good morning Donna, thanks for sharing these wonderful views with us..the mountains are magical..

Do you come across any snakes on the walks on the trails?? I could not relax looking out for them!!!!

You are so lucky to be able to travel this great country and take in all of the wonderful places ...

Have a good Sunday... hugs, Baba

I need to get busy on my twisted wires behind my computer ..

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Oh, you're having fun, aren't you? It's good to see you've posted. Just saw where Chris has too! What a gorgeous place you're in. We get so spoiled to our puters don't we? I know I do. Take care and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Risa said...

all those deer are too cute!

Ginger said...

You always find the most gorgeous spots to park in. Love all the big trees and wildlife. I could relax there too!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Okay, okay....I just gotta say this! ---I ENVY YOUR LIFESTYLE DONNA!!!

What a glorious place to park Tassie and just look at all the beauty and feel all that serenity!! Wow.

Sorry, it's taken me a while to return your visit We've been busy getting our home decorated for Halloween. Hope your week is treating you well so far.

Joe and Sherri said...

Love the park

Ruthie said...

Catching up on your blogs. We've done a lot of traveling in our RV this summer - and just couldn't get to the internet to blog. (We don't have a laptop - and I really missed it).
When you come to Colorado - Let me know and we will be glad to meet you in CO Springs. We are in the Denver area, so not far. You can Email me at justruthie08@gmail.com
and let me know when you will be there.
It'd be great fun to get together.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Wow, that does look like a terrific park! Those pics sure made me miss what we "used" to do. We're missing our rv'ing especially this time of year. Fall was always a big travel time for us. Jim's still traveling but doing it in a semi just isn't the same now is it?
So glad that you two are out there, and living the life.

Tootsie said...

it was well worth the wait! I have been missing the adventures you take us on! great photos...and if you are worried about visiting me...I will wait till you have good service...as I do not like waiting and it makes me cranky! lol
have fun and take lots of shots so that I can keep traveling the world with you!
your homebody buddy,
toots

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You are showing me view of Ark. that I've never seen! Looks like a great place to stay. So glad y'all are enjoying Ark. laurie

xinex said...

What a beautiful park! Must really be nice to camp there...Christine

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

Looks like you are really enjoying yourself! Great photos, amazing how we lived without internet all those years! Let alone Cell Phones. LOL
xoxo,
Cathleen

Anonymous said...

Donna,
We will be at the Lake Fort Smith State Park later this month. We are wondering if we need a "laptop connect" air card to get online from there. I was told that we can connect from the visitor center, so we wouldn't need an air card there. ATT says we should have good wi-fi reception in the area; our cell phone gets good reception there. But since you guys travel around, was wondering what luck you have had with the wi-fi or hooking up to someone's wireless router, or do you use a smart phone? We're not techies, but need internet service on our trip. Thanks for any info!
Melinda
hobesoundredzone@bellsouth.net

Susan @ SGCC said...

You're a one-woman travelogue! ;) I almost felt like I was right there with you. It looks like a lovely place!

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