TurneyTravels 2010 travel blog

Alice gets her autographed copy of Norris Church Mailer's book.

Ms. Mailer reading from her book.

Landon and "GG" Faye (Great Granny Faye)

Landon and Brittney

Attacking the birthday cake!

Ellen and Brittney

Alice Faye and Eric

Alice Faye and her "baby boy"

Keegan can juggle! Who knew?

T.J. and Ellen

Monty and Keegan

Unusual flower at Wildwood

Wildwood scenes...

Another flower

The woods were "ablaze" with Azaleas


Gazebo on the lake at Wildwood


These children were having a good time at the Maypole

There is a great model train display at Wildwood

Ballet dancers around the Maypole

We have been in Arkansas at Maumelle COE park now since early April. Just to fill in the gap from the time we left San Antonio, I now relate the following.

From San Antonio we headed north to Dallas and on up to near the Oklahoma border near the town of Gordonville. We had received a free three day and night stay at the Thousand Trails park there, so we decided to check it out. I had been sorta looking to buy a membership in this camping club for a few years, but had not stayed in one of their parks. The way we travel and with the number of parks available in the USA under this organization, it just seemed like a good move to become a member. The initial membership cost is significant, but camping is "free" for up to 21 consecutive days from then on, with the privilege of moving on to another Thousand Trails site for another 21 days, etc. The facilities at all of their parks are very nice. Anyway, we stayed our three days and nights there, had the sales pitch for membership and wound up buying into the organization. I'm an easy sell... So we will now be trying to stay at these parks exclusively on our travels in order to "get our monies worth." Oh, we did receive a certificate for a free Caribbean cruise for our purchase also. Never have gone on a cruise, so we will be looking forward to cashing this in sometime in the future.

From there we drove east to Texarkana and up to Ashdown to the Millwood Lake park where we also have a Coast to Coast membership. Camping there is $10/night with this membership. There is an 18 hole golf course here, so I sent a text message to my good friend Pat Cupp in Texarkana to come up and play the day after we arrived. He was willing to play and we really enjoyed playing the course.

After a couple of days here we headed on up the road to Little Rock and arrived at Maumelle COE park. I booked us for three weeks. Alice Faye had made numerous doctor's appointments for us over the first two weeks we were here, so we got checked out thoroughly. For a while I was pretty sure that I might need to have some surgery to remove the lower portion of my intestines as I had experienced several bouts with diverticulitis while we were in south Texas. However, when the surgeon in LR saw the CT scan we had sent from Texas he said it was not justifiable based on that, so I will continue to watch my diet very close in order to avoid future problems.

We enjoyed visiting with my mom, my sister, Carol, and Alice Faye's sister, Pam, while we were here. We did decide to list our house in Cabot with Carol, who is an agent with Crye Leike. We have good renters in the house, but it is just time to get rid of the place and not worry with it anymore.

Our oldest son, Lindsey, came up one afternoon to visit and he and I went out to Burns Park to play golf. That is a real treat that I rarely get. To play golf with one of your sons is a real pleasure and I wish we could have the time to it more often.

Last weekend we drove the car up to Russellville to help T.J. and Ellen and Brittney celebrate the first birthday of Landon Cole, who is Brittney's baby. They had a big crowd of young folks there, many with their own babies. Goodness, we were by far the eldest folks in that bunch!

While we were here we did attend a function at UALR unlike anything we had done before. I had read in the paper that Norman Church Mailer, wife and widow of the author, Norris Mailer, would be doing a reading there to promote her latest book about her life with him. She is an Arkansas native (from Atkins) and it sounded like an interesting evening. So we were there. Of course had to buy her book and have it autographed. Very interesting lady who lived, and is living, a very unusual life.

Another thing we did while here was to take my mom to the Arkansas Arts Center to see the awesome Pharoahs exhibit. Pam came up from Sheridan to join us and we spent the afternoon looking at many beautiful and some strange artifacts from ancient Egypt.

So that was our "cultural" activities for this stay in Arkansas....

We did go out to Wildwood one afternoon. This is a very nice park in west Little Rock with walking trails and gardens. They were having a special weekend activity to show off the new Japanese gardens and other wild flowers in the park. We had been to this park once many years ago to hear Dave Brubeck in a piano concert. The weather was great and we enjoyed the afternoon. And the Azaleas were amazing!

That pretty much brings us up to date for now. We will be heading out to Fayetteville next week. The Razorback baseball team has a three game series with Auburn next weekend that we plan to attend. And then, the following week our Newmar group will be having a rally in our RoadHog park. So we will be parked there for the next couple of weeks.

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