Spending time in Arkansas
Dec 8, 2009
|No, we have not dropped off the face of the earth….just don’t keep updating this journal very often when we are not traveling anywhere different. So, what have we been doing since we last made an entry to this journal? Well, the short version is that we have not been anywhere but in the state (Arkansas.). The longer version follows:
In September, after returning from Alaska, we worked our way down to Fayetteville to RoadHog RV park for the Razorback football season. The season began the week before we got there down in Little Rock where the Hogs won the opening game. We saw them lose to Georgia at Fayetteville and watched them lose to Alabama on TV. As it looks now, that loss would be to the eventual national champion (assuming that Alabama will beat Texas!).
We took the motor home to Hot Springs Sept. 24-30 to attend the Newmar Kountry Klub State Rally. It was a really great time and we enjoyed seeing all of our friends there.
October found us parked at Willow Beach, a nice COE park just east of Little Rock on the Arkansas River. Had the motor home serviced at the nearby Cummins dealer; had a couple of doctor appointments; and watched the Hogs on TV as they beat Texas A&M at the new “Jerry Jones” stadium in Arlington, TX.
We moved back up to Fayetteville for the Auburn game, arriving on the 7th. Had a great reunion with good friends out at Prairie Grove on the 8th, and watched the Hogs beat Auburn on Saturday.
Moved back down to Little Rock for the next two weeks (Hogs were out of state at Florida and Ole Miss, losing to both.). Had an unexpected trip down to Warren for a funeral, where we parked the motor home at the funeral home for a couple of nights so that family coming in would have a place to visit. It turned out that the funeral director (a former classmate of Alice Faye’s) allowed us use of his former home on site. The deceased was an older cousin of Alice Faye.
We then moved back to Willow Beach for a couple of nights. When we arrived we were unable to extend our leveling jacks. I checked fuses but could not find the problem. We were to travel to West Memphis when we left here, so decided to just live with the problem until we could get to our dealer in Russellville the next time we were going up to Fayetteville.
We headed to West Memphis and the Tom Sawyer RV park on the Mississippi River to meet with our Alaska travel companions, Dave and Jan and Ben and Bonita. The purpose for this reunion (besides getting to see them and play games and eat!) was to plan our next trip together. We had discussed the possibility of taking grandchildren to visit Washington D.C. next spring, and now, after all parents had been consulted and the okay given, we wanted to make some final plans. Had a great time with them and we are now looking forward to meeting them next June at Cherry Hill Campground near Baltimore. We will fly our two young grandsons (Keegan and Monty) in and pick them up at the airport in Baltimore. Jan and Dave have two and Ben and Bonita one, all being ages 11-13 I think. So it will be six adults, five kids, four dogs, and three weeks of fun!!!
It was back to Fayetteville when we left West Memphis, stopping off in Russellville to have our leveling jacks checked. The problem was the hydraulic pump, which had to be ordered. So we went on up to our space in Road Hog park for the next three weeks. The Hogs had three consecutive home games, and they won all, beating East Michigan, South Carolina, and Troy. We had wonderful weather during the whole time there. I played golf and we got to go back to Prairie Grove to visit our friends and play games there too.
After the Troy game we headed back down to Little Rock to park at Maumelle COE park. On the way we stopped overnight at our Newmar dealer in Russellville to get the jacks fixed. Had a couple of doctor appointments in Little Rock and attended the Razorback game at War Memorial Stadium (Hogs beat Mississippi State).
The next week was Thanksgiving week and we got to pick up Keegan and Monty after school in Bryant and brought them back to Maumelle for the night. Then took the motor home up to Russellville again for Thanksgiving with their dad at his in-laws. Enjoyed seeing them and had a really great Thanksgiving feast!
Watched the Hogs lose to LSU on TV back at Maumelle park and ended our stay there on December 1, when we moved down to Sheridan to park at Alice Faye’s sister’s home. Pam and Dan (and Cloe, the dog) are great hosts, and Buddy loves to be here to play with Cloe!
December 5 we drove up to Conway in the car to attend our state Newmar group Christmas party at the New China restaurant. Had a great turnout from all over the state and everyone enjoyed playing “dirty Santa” and, of course, eating.
So, here we sit until after Christmas when we are scheduled to head back to south Texas for the remainder of the winter. Already looking forward to warm sunshine!