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Aug 9, 2017 - We Hit the Road

Before you even get started on your road trip from Colorado, there are a couple things you need to remember: #1: Take your lucky dinosaur! A little boy sold me this dinosaur for a nickel - he told me it was a very lucky dinosaur. We keep it on the dashboard of our "shopping van." He has been very lucky for us. #2 - Get out of Denver before 6 am!!! The highways are a mess. #3 - If you are going EAST, take something to entertain yourself because barring a tornado, KANSAS IS BORING!!!!! I took a "thriller to read" - needless to say, I finished...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Winding roads and Fort Smith

The first Fort Smith was built in 1817 by troops of the 7th Infantry Regiment to keep peace in the Arkansas River Valley between the native Osage and newly arriving Cherokee. The Fort was built of logs and stone at a spot known as Belle Point by the French trappers. The Army abandoned the fort in 1824 and moved further west. In 1836 the Army returned to the fort to meet treaty obligations to supply the relocatin tribes during the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears was the U.S. government way taking over the existing Indian Tribes land to...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Fort Smith, Arkansas

It was a short drive today. We drove about 160 miles west and set up camp in Van Buren, close to Fort Smith. Tomorrow, we will stay on Oklahoma City. Our plans are to stay a couple of days, run down to Dallas to see our kids (and borrow our son's chihuahua for a couple of months). After that, we are going to Amarillo for a few days. I have to get the oil changed on the truck before we make the trek to South Fork.

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Where RV This Year?

May 21, 2016 - Entrance to the Wild West

Fort Smith Arkansas, gateway to the Wild West -- I know St. Louis also claims that title, but Fort Smith was the Southern Gateway and the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail. Beautiful campsite at Springhill state park.....Fort Smith is an actual fort, our first National Park, and the first stamp on our National Parks passport! This is where "hanging" Judge Parker's courtroom was. We saw the gallows and his courtroom. This was also the end of the Cherokee "Trail of Tears" where one segment began in Murphy. Our travels were along part of the...

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May 12, 2015 - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas After 4 days in Oklahoma City with marginal weather, we were happy to get a little east of tornado alley. Now that we were in Fort Smith, while we avoided tornadoes, we still had not outrun the thunderstorms that caused major flooding. It was clear the Arkansas River was above flood stage. The RV park we had reserved was part of a system of parks run by the Army Corps of Engineers (COE). These parks are located on rivers that have a dam or some type of water control managed by the COE. While these parks are pretty...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Van Buren and Fort Smith

Had to move to a new campsite as the one we used last night was reserved for tonight; fortunately with this little rig that's as easy as pulling the plug and driving to the new one and plugging it in again. We spent the morning being lazy in the campsite. Lots of birds, but all so high in the trees and hidden in the foliage (except for a multitude of robins) that identification was difficult, but fun anyway. We didn't take a hike because it was pretty muddy. The Center for Arts and Education in Van Buren had an exhibit of children's art....

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Apr 15, 2015 - Fort Smith

There are some definite advantages to short trips: only took about 30 minutes to load everything we'll need for a few days into the van! We're off to Fort Smith and are staying at the Corps of Engineers' Trimble Lock & Dam, Springfield Campground. We especially like Corps campgrounds because they are almost always on water (this time the Arkansas River just out of Fort Smith), they're usually heavily wooded and beautiful, the campsites are not too close to each other, and they're usually quiet. This one measures up. It was also as difficult...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Fort Smith, AR

It's is Spring Break at Harding Academy! We are bound for Oliver Lee Memorial State Park near Alamogordo, NM. On this day, we are thawing out from snow and ice. We are concerned that it might re-freeze overnight, so we decide to leave a day early. We leave mid-day and head west. We don't know where or how far we will go. In western Arkansas, we start getting tired, so we use the iExit app on the iPhone and locate a Super 8 in Fort Smith. We eat supper across the street at Braum's. The Super 8 is a nice clean and cheap place and we get a...

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Bust 'em Ruts

Oct 16, 2014 - Velcro, Vaseline, & super glue

With those 3 things and McGuiver for your husband, you can fix all kinds of stuff. The last two days of bumpy roads have brought out all kinds of problems. We had a rattle in the door, a rattle in the door handle, a rattle in the front roller shade, a broken screen door latch, a intermittent problem with the step cover that won't go down, and we lost a hub cap. And if you know Spike, (and that he is an Ex-submarine guy), you know that he "hates" rattles and squeaks. So McGuiver used Velcro to shim the top of the door, more Velcro to shim...

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Heading to the East!

Jun 1, 2014 - Hot Springs National Park

I have now completed my second bucket list for the USA, the first one completed serveral years ago was driving in every state, and the second one was to sleep in every state now that is done (have to come up with another one, lol. A damp morning had rain last night but was dry in my tent off for some breakfast and little computer stuff, packed up my camp, tent is wet so will need to set up again to dry it out, got everything load and head out to the Hot Springs National Park. Did a walk along bath house row some of the old houses from the...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Cave Springs to Fort Smith, AR

April 21, 2014 Our neighbor, Terry Clark and his wife , came over to see if I wanted to know how to cook a shrimp boil. Of Course! Terry is an “above the ground” seismic consultant that travels throughout the oil states. They had a very nice rig that had both an office and a fire place. Terry uses a turkey fryer to hold his shrimp boil. The special ingredients are various flavors/forms of Louisiana brand shrimp and crab boil, several pounds of 21-25 shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes, mushrooms and lemon quarters. We didn’t get a taste!! I...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Wineries & Back Roads

(To view photos, click on "View all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge to size of your screen, scroll to bottom of photo & click on "5 sec or 10 sec" to automatically advance photos). Monday, October 28, 2013 - We left Mountain View Sunday by noon and drove several hours until we arrived mid-way between Russellville and Van Buren, AR. We wanted to do some touring in this area Monday and Tuesday. We found a KOA Campground near Ft. Smith and settled in for the evening. Monday morning we set out to do some sightseeing...

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