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Monday, September 29, 2008

We have landed in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Here is how it happened... We started out driving on an early beautiful morning... the sky was sunny, the roads were good, our little dog Tiffy seemed happy to be heading down the road, Tassie was purring like a little kitten, Ralph & I were happy and just chatting away about where we were heading... We thought maybe we would go to Kansas City and then perhaps to St. Louis, Missouri... We were hitting about 300 miles when Ol' Ralphie boy said hey I am not tired and we are about 350 mile from Jennifer's house (our daughter in Fort Smith, Arkansas) would you like to go see her and the granddaughters? Well she has been very blue lately so I said sure if you fell like it I would love it. So 12 hours & 650 miles later (on the road in a 40 foot motorhome pulling a car) we pulled into the Wal-Mart Superstore down the road from Jen's house. We decide to stay there in the Wal-Mart Parking lot for the night... That is what we RVers call BOONDOCKING... In other words staying in a parking lot of a store, Mall, Cracker Barrels or Truck Stops... I think you get the picture... We stop sometimes when going from point "A" to "B" and we don't want to pull into a campground. It's Kinda a freebee unless we go in shopping which does happen most of the time. Any ways back to the story... we pull in, unhook the car and drive over to surprise Jen, Eric and the kids... After all the tears and hugs are done we go back to the RV (the kids have to go to bed for school the next day) we are exhausted after the long day and we try to sleep with all the night noises of the store... Not really easy for a light sleeper...

This morning we moved over to the Corp of Engineer Campground that is just down the road and a short drive to visit the kids. It is a beautiful park that is connected to a Lock & Dam on the Arkansas River... After the kids got out of school (that includes my daughter she is in nursing school) they all come to the RV to spend the rest of the afternoon with their Memaw & Poppy... It was a wonderful day with them and now that they have gone home it is quiet and I can finally read some of my favorite blogs and do my post.

We love Fort Smith... It has rolling hills and there is a lot of history here and we will be visiting it so I can tell you all about the area

This is our campsite at Spring Hill Campground. It is a beautiful area and we are just seeing a tiny bit of some changing leaves here. There has been a light wind blowing and the leaves are trickling down to the ground.. It is one of the things I never get tired of watching.

This is the Arkansas River which is located about 100 feet behind our site and the view on the right is the view from the front.

Here is a close up shot of the river and the Lock & Dam. All throughout the day many Tugboats, Barges and Pleasure Boats go through this lock.

Ok... I need to go to bed and get rest so I can keep up with them little granddaughters of mine...

Until Later
Hugs And Kisses


Anonymous said...

I'll be putting that COE on our list for sure.


Bo said...

Hi Donna...Arkansas is a pretty state for the most part...I love the way you are putting your photos side by side like that...how do you do it??? Have a wonderful visit!
;-) Bo

Raxx - A day in the life said...

What a sweet story!! Ah that hubby of yours is indeed a sweetie!!! 12hrs adn 650miles is hardly a whim! Is that non stop driving? Ok obviously not..............right?

Kiss your grand kids for me and pics pics!!

squawmama said...

We stopped for gas and to walk Tiffy and a potty break... That was about it... He usually drives Tassie at about 62 MPH so we get better gas mileage. At 8.5 to 9 miles per gallon you have to do whatever you can to improve the mph... ;-D

Donna aka Squawmama


My hubby and I would love to do something like this, I love road trips!! and on a fancy RV like this! WOW! So fun! I'm jealous!


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