This morning I left Mountain View around 11:00 and stopped at the local Wal-Mart to feed Daisy. It set me back $3.159 per gallon -- and this was the cheapest price in town. Yikes! Farther down the road I saw some at $3.129. My trip today was only 180 miles.
I decided to stop in the Arkadelphia area because it would have been a bit late if I had driven on to Texarkana. I arrived at DeGray Lake Resort State Park around 4:30 in a very light rain. I hurried to get set up in case it started raining harder. It didn't, though, so I took a little walk down a trail to the lake. This will be my home for the next two nights. I was a bit disappointed to learn that Arkansas state parks no longer honor National Park cards, but they do give senior discounts of 25% Sunday through Thursday nights. That made my rate just under $14 per night. Still not bad for such a nice park.
This park is quite large, heavily forested and very pretty. It lies on the north shore of DeGray Lake in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. The lake is 13,800 acres. There are 113 campsites, three rental yurts, an 18-hole golf course, tennis and basketball courts, nature trails, guided horseback trail rides and a full-service marina. They offer outdoor workshops, guided hikes, snorkeling trips and sunset cruises. What more could an outdoor enthusiast want? It even has a lodge with 96 guest rooms and convention center.
Since the long holiday week end starts Friday, I thought I'd better make reservations for a spot somewhere but I couldn't use my cell phone from this spot.
This morning I walked up to the day-use picnic area to see if I could make a call from there, but no such luck. It makes me wish I had bought a cell phone signal booster.