Arkansas, Third Time Around travel blog

Green Papaya Sign

Green Papaya parking landscape

Green Papaya Front

Green PapayaInside

Green PapayaInside

Green PapayaInside 1

Laundry World

Lunch at Laundry World

Road to Hiking trail

Hiking trail

Barb on Hiking Trail

waterfall 1

Path to showers

RV with awning extended

We are in the Ozarks this trip, and Spring has definitely sprung. The forest is lush, green, and absolutely beautiful.

On the way up, we stopped in Fort Smith and had lunch at the Green Papaya; we now have a new favorite restaurant in Fort Smith. We had spring rolls with peanut sauce and Pho (an incredible bowl of soup--so large that we split an order and it was so good we may just come home through Fort Smith to see what else they have).

Lake Fort Smith State Park is in a narrow valley with Lake Fort Smith at the bottom of it. A long narrow lake created by a Corps of Engineers dam on Frog Creek, it is supposed to have great fishing, but as we're not fisher-people, we can't really say.Local fishermen had a good day; they were headed home to clean their catch. The campground is beautiful and very well-maintained.

On Tuesday morning, we planned to hike to a waterfall on the Ozark Highlands Trail, but it started drizzling just about the time we were ready to start. So instead, we did a bit of exploring and decided to find a laundromat since some of the linens had been stored in the van for far too long. GPS is wonderful, but don't try to use it to find Mom & Pop places that are not listed on Google. We finally resorted to asking a grocery clerk at Harp's who looked to be all of about 16 years old, but knew exactly where we wanted to go and how to get there. Sometimes the old-fashioned ways work best.

But on the way, we went through Chester, Arkansas, and Sam decided we have to go back there on the way back to the campground so he can photograph some flowers he spotted. Life with a photographer is seldom dull! I see that he did not get those photos in, and I'm sending this entry from the bath house at the campground--the only place there is WiFI connection, so they will have to wait till the next entry.

This is an older park than Lake Fort Smith—at least the campsites look like it—but we are in a spacious site with lots of shade, a few birds to watch, and wonderfully cool weather.

With neither WIFI nor phone service, we should have lots of time for hikes and such!

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