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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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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.Jump to full entry
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!Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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....Jump to full entry