Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wow – it got cold last night. We checked the forecast just before going to bed and with a new predicted low of 29 we decided to put the light in the basement to keep things from freezing. It was 32 degrees this morning with an absolutely gorgeous sunrise over the water.
Thank you God for a wonderful start to our day! It did not warm up very fast so we stayed in and just really enjoyed looking through the windshield out over the Arkansas river, watching boats go by, and all the squirrels and birds playing here in the park. We also worked on initializing this blog. It took a little while since for several reasons we decided to move to WordPress instead of continuing with Blogger. It took us a while to learn how to make it do what we wanted and we will probably be tweaking it for a while. Eventually we will probably move our previous blogs to WordPress as well but for now there are links on the right side of this page so if you ever want to revisit any of them they are there. There is also a comment link on the left side of the page. Let us know what you think.
After the blogging, we rested, surfed and read. We did get out during the warmest part of the day and got our walking/exercise done. This is such a pretty park. It is very easy to forget that we are only about 5 miles from I-40. It is so quiet and peaceful here. God bookended our day with a beautiful sunset.Tomorrow is predicted to sunny and a good deal warmer. We hope to do some more exploring of the park.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
And on the blog again. We have had several people request that we restart the blog, so today with the start of another trip we will restart and see how it goes. Our purpose will be to share our travels and life with our family and friends. Remember you can leave comments/ask questions and we will respond. If we have a particularly “boring” day we may take that time to update you on some things we have done since we last blogged at the end of our Alaska trip in Sept of 2014. Wow – sounds like a long time ago but also seems like yesterday. Absolutely yes, we would love to go back but there are also many places in the lower 48 we still need to visit – lots of national parks/monuments/historical sites yet to be seen.
So, yesterday afternoon we pulled Fred to Aunt Helen’s and plugged in for the night. We spent the night there so we could pull out early today. However, when the alarm went off at 5:00 this morning we were under a dense fog advisory and it was very foggy and drizzling. We waited until 6:25 to leave allowing a little of the fog to clear and it get a little lighter. Traffic was heavy getting to I-65 but no problems. Then onto I-22 all the way to Memphis. We stopped at the Mississippi Welcome Center and had breakfast and then we stopped at Sherman RV to visit and see about topping off with propane. No propane there so will probably top off Saturday before we get to Elmore City. If we have a full tank of propane we are much less likely to have really cold weather. From Memphis we took I-40 west.
We complain sometimes about our roads at home but man there were some rough interstates in MS, TN and AR. We stopped just west of Little Rock at Maumelle Park, a Corps of Engineers campground, about 4pm.
Maumelle Park was where we had planned to spend the week before our NOMADS annual meeting last September but we had to cancel those plans. It is a really nice park with really nice volunteers working registration. Beautiful setting, with large sites and nice spacing between. We would definitely stop here again. We plan to stay until early Saturday morning when we will move on to Elmore City, OK for our next NOMADS Project. It should be a nice little break before beginning our new work. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and settled in for a quiet although very windy evening. A very nice day to start another year of travel and work.