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Oct 20, 2018 - Crystal Bridges Museum

This morning, it was a short drive to Bentonville. We had planned on doing both the Crystal Bridges and the Walton Museum, but we sorely underestimated how massive the Crystal Bridges complex is. This is just an amazing place. The Museum was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public on 11-11-11. There is a permanent collection of art which spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the...

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Adventures for 2018

Oct 8, 2017 - RVing with Mommie through Wally World

“This is my daughter, Liz, the Gypsy. She lives in a small RV with her two dogs. She travels all over, but has yet to let me join her on a trip.” Oy! Over the past year, this is how my mother has introduced me. So, I decided it was time to take mother on a trip in Gypsy. She is truly in great shape, but since her hip replacement surgery last fall, she moves slowly and distances are difficult for her. Thus, I knew the regular hiking trip would be a bit much for her, so we settled on a journey to Arkansas to see my niece Audrey (a freshman...

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Apr 23, 2017 - Kansas City to Bentonville, AR

April 23, 2017 Last night for dinner I made a salmon and cucumber “sheet pan” dinner from the Sheet Pan cookbook that Susan had given me a year ago. She also gave me a ½ sheet pan that I can use in the rig. We will definitely have more sheet pan meals now. This recipe is roasted cucumber, red onion and salmon served with a cucumber/dill/lemon sauce. With this we had 2014 Byron Neilson Pinot. We have been spoiled with the farm fresh scrambled eggs each morning and did not leave without another batch! Gorgeous day to head for Bentonville, AK...

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May 14, 2014 - Crystal Bridges and Native American Museum

Rained all day today. Temp is in the 50's. I miss the warmth and the sunshine. I hope the dreariness ends soon. The museum galleries at Crystal Bridges open at 11:00. If you show up early there is a lovely cafeteria/coffee shop where you can wait. The museum is free ( underwritten by Walton Foundation) and the collection ranged from portraits by the masters, landscapes and everything else including modern art . Most of the famous artists are represented . There are four galleries connected by "bridges" and you just follow from one to...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Bentonville, Arkansas

We arrived last night in the La Quinta Inn after a lazy drive through the Arkansas Delta, through Pine Bluff and Little Rock onto Highway 40. It was an easy drive with Dee and I sharing the load. The car is completely loaded down--we have rarely taken a 47 day road trip. It's dark when we get onto I540 headed to Fayetteville-the home of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. We are in Bentonville and ready to go tomorrow. Of course, we had a few hours to kill. We didn't expect to much from this place. OK it was the home of Walmart Founder,...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Greenville, MS to Bentonville AR

We are finally on the road, leaving Greenville around 3:00 PM, for Bentonville AR. It's Dee's first time driving north of I-40 after we leave the Arkansas Delta and heard west of Little Rock. So we take our time headed to Fayetteville, the home of the University of Arkansas, Razorbacks. But it's new ground for me when we drive pass Fayetteville. We get into the La Quinta Inn in at 11:15 PM. We unpack the car and call it a night. Tomorrow we take a look at Sam Walton's home town. Dee is excited to see the place where Walmart got its start.

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Jun 13, 2012 - Crystal Bridges

Thanks to a couple of the people at our Branson RV rally, we knew about the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Being in Bentonville, you be assured the Walton family is involved in this beautiful museum and WalMart underwrites the general admission tickets, so seeing the museum is free. There was a small charge for the special exhibit of The Hudson River School. We had about a 30 minute drive from our campground, near Eureka Springs, and were at the museum at noon, only an hour after it opened and the parking lot...

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Nov 14, 2010 - Ozarks

We set out on a two mile loop hike on a trail built by a local boy scout troop. The trail traversed a ridge - you saw the quarry in the photos. We had a great view of a sports car rally. The more adventurous had their tops down! Eureka Springs is the next stop. This is a charming,Victorian mountain hideaway. It is known for its historical hotels, spas, artist community, and unique restaurants. Walking up and down the hilly street added a little more exercise to our day. Continuing to follow 187E guess what we came upon? The 1943 suspension...

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Jan 17, 2009 - Wal-Marts

Left Little Rock to drive to Oklahoma - but took detour via Bentonville to see the site of the original Walton's store opened by Sam Walton who went on to create the biggest retailer in world: Wal-Marts (who bought Asda a few years ago). The original store is now a visitor centre - which includes the Presidential Medal of Freedom given by George Bush (snr) to Sam Walton. Love Wal-Marts or hate them, you have to admire Sam Walton's drive and ambition.

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May 24, 2007 - The New Rig! (Photos...finally!)

Well this is certainly a working vacation! I didn't realize how much stuff we cart along with us each trip. But when we started loading boxes for the transfer it became overwhelming! First of all, we woke to heavy rain and a gloomy forecast for the whole day. Doug parked the 2 rigs nose to nose so our doors lined up and we just passed through one door into the other. This worked great for transferring so many loads. I have learned that Doug and I have very different methods in packing and moving! He told me that he had settled all his...

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Apr 12, 2007 - Running from the blizzard in Dodge City, Ks.

12 April 07 brought with it weather warnings of Blizzard Conditions for the weekend, and since we were leaving on Sunday the 15th anyway we decided to cut our losses and our having to drive in snow and maybe ice and head on over to Siloam Springs, Arkansas and sit the weekend out there waiting for our warranty appointment for the RV in Tontitown, Arkansas on 16 April 07. Leaving Dodge city on highway 56 and heading east for about 40 miles, we then dropped down to U S Highway 160 and drove a while, then farther South to Kansas hwy 166 for...

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Jul 18, 2006 - Home Sweet Home

The last day in our home away from home. Mostly flat drive today, so the RV did OK. The duct tape lasted about 100 miles, then the 100 degree heat went to work and pretty much melted the adhesive into a glob on the corner of the windshield. So the old adage about fixing anything with duct tape apparently doesn't apply in the desert! But who cares! Reflecting on the last week and a half while we cruised down the road was marvelous. We had covered literally thousands of miles, visited 8 National Parks/Monuments, learned about Native American...

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