Today has been a long but exciting day. I was up at 6:30 because I needed to leave by 7:30 to go to Don Ringler Toyota to get Sweet Pea. It was very hard to get up because I didn't sleep at all last night. It may have been partly because of excitement over the trip. I had to get up several times to walk out cramps in my legs, but I think the main reason for my sleeplessness was that the fire ant welts were itching so much.
From the Toyota dealer's place I drove to a rest area near Bruceville to wait for Jim and Virginia to catch up with me. They arrived around 9:30 and we were on our way. It is 275 miles from Temple to Atlanta State Park. We arrived around 4:30. We had made several stops, including one for lunch in a church parking lot. It was cloudy all day but it didn't rain on us.
The Shaws arrived at the same time as we did and several other Lazy Dazers had arrived earlier. After getting our campsites set up we sat around outside and caught up on the latest news. It's always fun to hear about all the interesting experiences everyone has had since the last time we met. On the spur of the moment we decided to have our dinner together outside the Clydes' rig. We can't use the pavilion until tomorrow, which is when the rally officially begins. It was a very good meal.
Atlanta State Park is heavily wooded and is situated on the southeastern shore of Wright Patman Lake, near Texarkana. We are in the Knights Bluff Camping Area in the northwest section of the park. There is a very pretty view of the lake from the pavilion. This is my first visit to this park.