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Jan 15, 2017 - There's No Place Like Home!

In spite of being in "heading for the barn" mode, we did make one more stop for Cajun food in Shreveport: Crawdaddy's Kitchen. Spicy and good! When we tallied the birds we were able to identify,it came to 58. Not very many, considering the amount of time and the number of different places we looked. Part of it, of course, is that we're not the greatest identifiers, but part also is that so much good habitat is now no longer so good for birds! The drive home was uneventful; we made it here by about 4:30 pm. Will spend the next few days...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Starved Rock State Park, and Home

Monday, we made the drive here to Starved Rock State Park in Illinois easily enough. Just before we arrived, we spotted an intriguing-looking ice cream shop, which neither of us can ever resist. But we found that they were closed on Mondays, so we went on our way. But we also decided we were a bit tired of driving every day, so we stayed an extra day here. As the volunteer at the visitors center said hiking was the main attraction of this park, we packed a lunch and went for it. We walked for a couple of hours this morning; about half of it...

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Aug 24, 2014 - Mena to Laramie

The first few days of this trip were a study in contrasts: days of boring Interstate driving and occasional forays into the back roads, the latest of which was in Colorado. We noticed a sign as we turned off the Interstate that road construction was to be expected. Never saw any construction equipment or workers, but the top of each hill had been repaved while all the valleys in between were rough as a cob. Probably the most fascinating thing over our four days of driving from Mena to Laramie was the very gradual change in terrain from the...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Queen Wilhelmina State Park

After what seemed like a really short stay, we wrapped things up and headed further north to Mena, AR and Queen Wilhelmina State Park (QWSP). Some fellow RVers recommended the place to us upon hearing we were headed that way, and we’re glad they did. We stopped in Crystal Springs when we noticed a propane place and a post office right across the road from each other. (You gotta take advantage of convenient situations like those when you come across them). Of course, small towns being what they are, the propane guys were out to lunch for...

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Jul 9, 2013 - The Journey Home

We managed to get on the road fairly early on Monday, and drove halfway home; Tuesday we made it the rest of the way. We can't decide whether the car is just a little easier to drive than the van or we're just more used to driving after our long trip through the Southwest, but making the drive in two days really was not a problem. We started looking for a place to have lunch about 11:30 on Tuesday, but there were no large towns nearby, so Sam searched our map software for restaurants along the route. Up popped something called “The Hen...

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

May 20, 2013 - There's No Place Like Home

We did decide to come straight home and got here shortly after noon with a “to do” list about as long as my arm. We have seen lots of spectacular places on this trip, but we agree that none are as pretty as the drive from Fort Smith to Mena over those winding roads with trees crowding close on either side like green walls. The trees give way now and then to lush pastures or the occasional farm house or abandoned barn, and from the top of most hills we can see blue ridges one after the other fading as they grow farther away. As Dorothy...

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Sep 7, 2012 - We're off!

We finally got on the road Wednesday morning, like the proverbial herd of turtles. The first couple of days were just driving, so we’ll skip over those. There was the usual array of missed turns and Gertie’s sneer of “Off route! Recalculating…” But we eventually found our way. And we found Walnut Woods State Park in Iowa near Des Moines. Beautiful. The weather is supposed to be getting cooler, and we decided to spend one of our “unplanned stop” days here. This morning we got up to find it was 65 degrees and not supposed to reach 80...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Coming Home

We wanted to get home in time to receive our delivery for the week from Nature's Touch Gardens, a Community Supported Agriculture service. Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is an innovative concept that is reviving family farms across the country and around the world. In a CSA, the farmer enters into an agreement with a “community” of consumers to supply them with a regular “share” of fresh produce. The consumers pay for this service in advance, and the farmer then grows, harvests, and divides the produce among the...

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May 15, 2011 - On the way.

The mandated (by the Transportation Security Authority) 3 oz. bottles are nestled in their one-quart bag; the house is secured; nothing is in the computer bag except the computer; the knitting tools are safely stored in the checked baggage (and Barbara will be very careful not to drop any stitches for which she might need that prohibited crochet hook to repair); the fridge is bare; Sam's meticulous check list is checked and double-checked. We're on our way.

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Florence, Italy 2011

May 14, 2011 - Ready to Roll (or fly)

We are just about packed and very excited about this trip. The plan is to drive to Tulsa on Sunday, spend the night there, and then board a plane for Houston, Frankfurt, and then Florence. Sam is taking his camera; Barbara is taking notes to write in this journal; we'll post both here as we go. We hope you enjoy coming along with us!

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Florence, Italy 2011

Jul 25, 2010 - Mr & Mrs Cogan Summer trip 2010

Welcome to our trip journal! We left on July 25, 2010 around 6:45am headed to Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Arkansas. We arrived around 12:30 pm. This state park is 13 miles from Mena, Arkansas on top of Rich Mountain. The park has the beautiful Queen Wilhelmina lodge where we stayed the first 3 night. The price was very reasonable the cost was $77 per night which included the tax. We stayed in a room with a queen size bed, TV, internet access, coffee maker, ironing board, and hairdryer. The scenery was amazing. The view from the lodge...

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Aug 30, 2008 - Queen Reigns Atop Rich Mountain

From Queen Wilhelmina State Park – Mena, AR We are sitting atop the 2nd highest mountain in the state of Arkansas – Rich Mountain. It is here on Rich Mountain that Queen Wilhelmina State Park is located. This state park reigns above the Quachita (“wah-shi-tah”) Mountains at approximately 3,000 feet above sea level. Wikipedia states these are fold mountains like the Appalachians to the east and were originally a part of that range! At one time the Quachita Mountains were very similar in height to the current Rocky Mountains in elevations....

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Home Sweet RV - 2008

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